Just Like Heaven
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Suspension of disbelief is a necessity albeit a pleasurable one regarding many aspects of this romantic comedy, not the least of which being that either of its good-looking leads would ever lead lonely existences. Reese Witherspoon plays ambitious medical intern Elizabeth, who regularly clocks in 20 hour days at the hospital. Her work is her life, much to the chagrin of her sister Abby, who is married, with kids, and constantly attempting to get Elizabeth to go out more. When Abby finally succeeds in setting up a blind date for her sister, Elizabeth has an accident en route while driving to meet the mystery man, and the stage is set for love.
David (Mark Ruffalo) has been apathetically searching for a new apartment in the cutthroat San Francisco housing market, while attempting to overcome his wifeÂ¿s death two years ago. When he finally finds the perfect place, nothing is going to make him leave, and this includes the blonde control freak (Elizabeth) who suddenly shows up while heÂ¿s busy vegetating. She claims the apartment is hers, and it becomes ever clearer that Elizabeth doesnÂ¿t remember her past, and shows irrefutable signs of being a ghost. David signs on to help her solve her own mystery, and the two grow closer even as it becomes ever clearer that theyÂ¿ll never be able to be together. The chemistry between Witherspoon and Ruffalo breathes life into the well-trod terrain of the ghost love story, while NAPOLEON DYNAMITEÂ¿S Jon Heder almost steals the show as a bookstore worker with the Gift. The slapstick humour resulting from DavidÂ¿s conversations with his invisible companion is hilarious in one standout scene, David saves a manÂ¿s life as Elizabeth talks him through the task. The ultimate message about the power of love and wisely-used time gives added resonance to the tale.
Just Like Heaven Review
Having established herself as the undisputed Queen of the romcom, "Just Like Heaven" is yet another triumph for Reese Witherspoon. But this is outing approaches the genre from a bit of a different direction as Reese plays a workaholic Doctor who is lying in a coma following a car crash. So when a grieving gardener (Mark Ruffalo) sublets her apartment, he's naturally rather surprised to find a perky blonde 'spirit' co-habiting and moaning about his slobby ways. Despite some initial animosity (including attempts at an exorcism and a Ghostbusters skit) the pair eventually set out to try and work out exactly what is going on.
As ever the key to a movie like this is the chemistry between the leads and fortunately Witherspoon and Ruffalo have it in spades. Neither character is immediately likeable but over time they warm to each other and to us as unseen powers play their part in trying to bring them together. Director Mark Waters ("Mean Girls") meanwhile keeps things light and fluffy and manages to wring plenty of laughs out of proceedings, mainly from Jon "Napoleon Dynamite" Heder as an employee at a psychic book store who has 'the gift'.
Certainly lighter in tone than previous ethereal flicks such as "Ghost", "Just Like Heaven" has its twee moments that even the most hardened romcom fan will find tough to swallow (especially a scene in which it looks like "Ground Force" exploded all over the screen). But there's also plenty to enjoy and should appeal to those of a more romantic disposition.
Aspect Ratio: 1.85 Anamorphic Wide Screen
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Running Time: 95 minutes
Production Year: 2005
Main Language: English
Hearing Impaired Languages: English
Certificate: PG Parental Guidance
Director Name: Mark Waters
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Release Date: 08-05-2006