Life or Something Like It

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Life or Something Like It is a 2002 film about a television reporter and her quest to find meaning in her life.

Directed by Stephen Herek. Written by John Scott Shepherd and Dana Stevens.
Destiny is what you make of it. Taglines

Lanie Kerrigan[edit]

  • Someone once said, "Live everyday as if it were you last, cause one of these, it's gonna be the last." Jack was right, a part of me did die that day, the part of me that didn't know how to live. What the future holds, Jack knows. But when I talk to him, I make sure we only talk about sports and weather.


Andrea: You're late.
Lanie Kerrigan: I'm not late. You're early.
Andrea: I ate cheese.

Pete Scanlon: Did you ever hear the saying "A picture holds a thousands words."
Lanie Kerrigan: That's only for people like you who don't know a thousand words.
Pete Scanlon: I know two, and the first one begins with an "F".

Lanie Kerrigan: Under the circumstances, I think it would be best if we kept things on a purely professional level.
Pete Scanlon: Define "the circumstances".
Lanie Kerrigan: We have to work together. We don't have to like it.

Lanie Kerrigan: Well, I hope your happy.
Pete Scanlon: Define happiness.
Lanie Kerrigan: Your death.

Pete Scanlon: Do you have another cameraman who can make look like a natural blonde?
Lanie Kerrigan: I'm not just a reporter. I'm a TV personality. My hair is my trademark. Just like the "I don't like to shower" look is your trademark.

Lanie Kerrigan: You don't bother me. You can't. Because no matter how you would like to define it, I can honestly say, at this point, my life is perfect.
Pete Scanlon: Define perfection.

Prophet Jack: And next Thursday. You're going to die. I'm sorry.
[Lanie walked away with no words]
Prophet Jack: I didn't ask for the power.
Lanie Kerrigan: [to Pete] If I find out you were up to this, I will never speak to you as long as I live.

Prophet Jack: Watch your step on your way out.
[Lanie trips in a crack and breaks the heel off her shoe]
Lanie Kerrigan: Saw that in a vision, did you?
Prophet Jack: No, I trip in that crack all the time.

Lanie Kerrigan: I met a homeless guy and he had a vision.
Cal Cooper: What like ESPN?
Lanie Kerrigan: No, he had ESP. There's no N, honey.

Pete Scanlon: Take a deep breath.

[Lanie did deep breathing]

Pete Scanlon: Feel better? Take one more.
Lanie Kerrigan: [breathing] Oh my God. You are trying to have sex with me.

Lanie Kerrigan: What would you do if you only had a week to live.
Pete Scanlon: I would try to live every moment and I would go to all the people that mean most to me, and I would try to memorize their faces.

Lanie Kerrigan: I'm marrying Cal. I know this is hard for you to accept.
Pete Scanlon: Well. Listen Lanie. You are the single most delusional, most self-absorbed, self-involved, egomaniac woman that I've ever met.
Lanie Kerrigan: Hmm... Umm... Let's have sex.

Cal Cooper: Is this your breaking up with me? Well, take a minute. Will you reconsider about it?
Lanie Kerrigan: A minute just seems like a really long time to waste.

Lanie Kerrigan: My life is over. I'm officially dead. Just stopped breathing. I'm dead.
Pete Scanlon: Define life.
Lanie Kerrighan: My career. My network job. My wedding. Ok?
Pete Scanlon: Do you really think if you have no job and no boyfriend then your life is over?

Pete Scanlon: You are full of shit. She is not gonna die. Because she did get the job. The network job you said she wasn't gonna get. Which means you were wrong.
Prophet Jack: Was I?
Pete Scanlon: What is that supposed to mean?
Prophet Jack: If she dies tomorrow, she doesn't get the job. And I was right.

Deborah Connors: You... go.
Lanie Kerrigan: You mean like "you go girl"
Deborah Connors: No, just go.

Pete Scanlon: Look. I don't want the opportunity to pass me by again. So I should have told you this a long time ago. But I've loved you since the first day I met you.
Lanie Kerrigan: Define love.
Pete Scanlon: Lanie. I want to spend the rest of my life with you.


  • Destiny is what you make of it.
  • What if you only had seven days to live.

Main cast[edit]

Actor Role
Angelina Jolie Lanie Kerrigan
Edward Burns Pete Scanlon
Tony Shalhoub Prophet Jack
Christian Kane Cal Cooper
James Gammon Pat Kerrigan
Melissa Errico Andrea Fox
Stockard Channing Deborah Connors
Gregory Itzin Dennis
Veena Sood Doctor

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