Just Like Heaven
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||Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo,
won't get it. Leave them at home.
||A neighbor drops
her towel, but all we see is her back.
||A doctor gets
punched, but he deserved it.
||Quite a few.
takes over David's body in the bar.
||"Maybe I'm a slut.
A lonely, home-wrecking slut?"
Walter F. Parkes
Dammit, dammit, dammit! "Just Like Heaven" was exactly
like I figured it would be, the twist I surmised from the
trailer was exactly like I envisioned, and in my preview I
said I would be really upset if this movie turned out like I
figured it would. The movie turned out exactly like I
figured it would, but Iím such a sucker for a romantic
comedy, especially when Reese Witherspoon is so adorable in
it, that I got sucked into "Just Like Heaven" hook, line,
and sinker. And I liked it, and I hate myself for that. Let
get to itÖ
Just Like Heaven
A Movie Review
Reese Witherspoon is Elizabeth. Sheís a doctor, hoping
for an attending position at her hospital in San Francisco.
Pretty much all she is is a doctor, never really letting
herself have some time for a love-life, or really any other
life other than being a doctor. Happy as a pig in slop
because she is told she got the job, well, sadly, she gets
hit by a truck.
Mark Ruffalo is David. Heís a dude who has, I guess,
because he doesnít seem to have to work anymore, made a lot
of cash as a landscape designer. Sadly, for him though, heís
still distraught two years after his wife died, just looking
for a furnished apartment to rent that has a comfortable
couch. Low and behold, he finds that couch in Elizabethís
apartment, which he is able to rent on a month-to-month
So, yea, David is brooding in the apartment when
Elizabeth shows up. It takes awhile, but eventually David
figures out that Elizabeth is some kind of ghost/spirit, and
then Elizabeth figures out she is some kind of ghost/spirit,
thanks in part to the weird bookstore dude, Darryl, played
fabulously by Jon Heder of "Napoleon Dynamite" fame. And, as
romantic comedies go, you can figure they begin to fall for
each other, only there is one problem, Elizabeth is a
To be nice for probably the small percentage of you who
canít figure out how this entire thing is going to end up,
Iím going to stop talking much about the story now, although
if you read my preview, I was right. But for those of you
wondering why I wasnít upset at the movie ending up the way
it did, I have to justify it with this: There is a scene
early in the movie when David is looking for an apartment.
The apartment finder lady keeps showing him these places,
that, well, suck, and then a magical wind blows a flier in
Davidís direction, and magically this flier is pretty
persistent in getting David to check out Elizabethís pad.
That moment let me relax a bit, knowing that the film-folks
werenít taking this movie totally seriously, that we can
probably figure out what is going to happen, and just enjoy
the ride. And, yea, again, I admit, I did.
There might be a surprise or two for some of you, but for
the rest of you, Iím pretty sure you can see everything
coming in this film. But donít let that be a turn-off. Itís
a good romantic comedy, there are some pretty funny scenes,
and I am so back on the Reese Witherspoon bandwagon. For
"Just Like Heaven," Iím giving it a solid 3 Ĺ stars out of
5. Reese was great, Mark was pretty great, and Jon was
Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!!