Main cast: Addison Timlin (Sophie), Drew Van Acker (James), Steven Strait (Henry), James D’Arcy (Julian), and Akaash Yadav (Jeremy)
Director: Josh Janowicz
When James’s wealthy daddy dies, he and his wife Sophie move in to this posh place so that he can take over the family business. He’s… terrible at it, to say the least. Meanwhile, Sophie whines that the staff is being too intrusive, so she lets them all go with two years worth of severance. And then she keeps calling him at work because there are things that need fixing, she is lonely, et cetera. Don’t feel too sorry for him, though: he’s equally whiny and passive aggressive when it comes to dealing with hard lemons flung at him. Basically, these are two spoiled, unlikable douchebags.
They can’t get their act together until they get a male robot domestic helper, named Henry, to do all the things they can’t. Before long, Sophie is starting to fantasize about Henry giving her sexy massages – he is kinda hot – while Henry begins making the moves on James as well. Now, any sane people would go, “Oh, looks like I bought a sexbot and domestic helper all in one, what luck!” and lay back to enjoy the fun, but these two whiny twats can’t even do that. Complain, complain, bitch, bitch, whine, whine… ugh.
At the end of the day, the only sympathetic character here is Henry, but even then, he is ruined by a pretty stupid twist at the end. Ugh.
Mind you, Life Like isn’t an erotic thriller, so don’t get your hopes up. Nothing really explicit is shown here, barring random scenes of Drew Van Acker and Steven Strait baring all aside from their flopping bits. Mr Strait is to be commended for working hard to look good naked, but Mr Van Acker’s flabby flat rear end is a disappointing – surely some squats are in order.
So yes, male near-nudity may be the only reason to watch this thing, but come on, there are better naked men out there to be ogled at. Let this one stay dead.
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