As far as shamelessly repetitive and unimaginative genres go, you can do worse than the "Childless-Urbanite-Inherits-a-Baby" one. Sometimes they're actually kind of funny, and even when they're not, there are far fewer of them than there are bad rom-coms and bad horror movies (clearly the two most shamelessly repetitive and unimaginative genres in existence) so you have less of a chance to accrue a white-hot hatred of them. Literally the bare minimum anyone asks for with these things is that you shake up the formula a little bit and do more legitimate screenwriting than taking the Raising Helen script and changing the character's names and locations and calling it a new movie. But, unfortunately, Life as We Know It didn't care to put in that much effort.
Those die-hard chick-flick fans sure to flock to whatever new film is starring Katherine Heigl may want to read a few reviews before they head to the theater. Variety announced today that Heigl is set to produce and star in a film adaptation of Escape, the best-selling memoir of Carolyn Jessop, a woman who helped send polygamist sect leader Warren Jeffs to prison. The story of Escape follows the life of Jessop, who at 18 was forced to marry a man 32 years her senior and at age 35 fled the sect with their eight children. Not exactly your usual story about a zany but successful young woman who just can't find the right guy. [Ed's note: And even more of a gamble on Heigl's part in light of the fact that she herself is a non-practicing Mormon -- Lauren]
I didn't go into The Ugly Truth with very high expectations. I had watched the scene of her with the vibrating underpants a few weeks ago, which tipped me off to the fact that this might be worse than your standard rom-com. But I tried to put all my pre-judgment aside, muster up all the Katherine Heigl goodwill I had leftover from Knocked Up and that scene in 27 Dresses where she tries on all the hideous bridesmaid gowns (her in ugly dresses makes me laugh), and remind myself repeatedly that Gerard Butler is awfully attractive and can sometimes be the best thing about a not-very-good movie, like Timeline for example, before I headed to the theater.
If anybody is planning on nominating Katherine Heigl for an award for her work in this new, fairly formulaic-looking rom-com, don't. She's just going to turn it down, because if she didn't think her Grey's Anatomy work was worthy of an Emmy nomination, then she can't possibly believe this familiar-sounding drivel is worthy of an Oscar, or a Golden Globe, or even a Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Award. Or maybe she does -- we've found a set diary that seems to be hers, and in it she gushes about the cleverness of the film and the creatives behind it. Still, we don't think she'll receive any nominations for the part, unless you count the Razzie, and we don't think you can turn those down anyway. Check out her secret Ugly Truth set diary here!