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Just Like Heaven
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Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Jon Heder
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Dreamworks SKG
Web Site: justlikeheaven-themovie.com
Kiddie Movie: They probably won't get it.  Leave them at home.
Date Movie: Duh.
Gratuitous Sex: A neighbor drops her towel, but all we see is her back.
Gratuitous Violence: A doctor gets punched, but he deserved it.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: When Elizabeth takes over David's body in the bar.
Memorable Quote: "Maybe I'm a slut.  A lonely, home-wrecking slut?"
Directed By: Mark Waters
Produced By: Laurie MacDonald, Walter F. Parkes

Just Like Heaven
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:41 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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

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 basis.

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 ghost/spirit.

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 pretty funny.

Thatís it for this one! Iím The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!

 

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