Life as we know it


Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) is the owner of a small Atlanta bakery, and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel), (often just known as "Messer") is a promising television technical sports director for the Atlanta Hawks. Their best friends Peter (Hayes MacArthur), an attorney, and Alison Novak (Christina Hendricks) set them up on a blind date that goes horribly wrong, and results in both hating each other. As the years go by, Peter and Alison get married, and have a baby girl named Sophie Christina, and select Holly and Eric as godparents of Sophie.


Representing Family Life: Holly & Messer

Character: Holly Berenson - Katherine Heigl

Character: Eric Messer - Josh Duhamel


What do these images say about how each characters' gender was introduced to the audience?

Well written response: By Student

In one of the texts you studied, how was multiple storylines employed to convey the ideology of gender?
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The opening of the text, ‘Life as we know it’ (2010) depicts the characters of Holly Berenson (Katherine Heigl) and Eric Messer (Josh Duhamel) as two conflicting characters with contrats in lifestyle. The story line follows the two after being paired on a blind date, Messer is shown as a laid back, 'playboy' with limited responsibility. In contrast, Berenson is depicted as a woman of success, whom is education and professional. As the development of the narrative progresses, audience's becomes more aware of the interrelated storylines, where the life's of the characters intersect to impact on one another. Through the use of codes and conventions to establish and develop character possibilities by the audience, the narrative progresses to show the contrasting storylines to meet. The death of their mutual friend, left the two to work in collaboratively and look after a child together. The boisterous lifestyle of Messer and structured routines of Berenson are challenged when they are forced to cooperate and create a life for their new child where the implicit ideology of gender is shown through their interactions. The two are made to connect despite their differences, however, the director employs the use of story arch's to display the perceived ideals of a family life and thus, informing the audience of how gender stereotypes have evolved.