This Ghost ripoff doesn't seem to have the quite the story, acting or likable characters that Ghost had. In this one Reese Witherspoon is an apparent ghost that only Mark Ruffalo can see and hear. She follows him around and them helps him save a man's life with some quick, on the spot medical advice. This makes her and Ruffalo believe that she was a person with medical training and they head to a hospital after Ruffalo is hurt.
While in the hospital Witherspoon says that is familiar and that she knows people working there. Ruffalo asks around if anyone had known Witherspoon and then finds out that Witherspoon's comatose body is being kept alive in the hospital. As the plot goes on they learn that Witherspoon is scheduled to be taken off life-support soon so they must figure out a way to get Witherspoon back in her body soon or try to stop the hospital's action.
Ruffalo is very stiff in his acting and not that likeable. Witherspoons seems to be in a flood of movies lately and her performance greatly pales in comparison to her Pleasantville and Walk the Line roles. You may consider renting this one, rather than buying it.
I enjoy this movie very much. Oh yeah, I saw (didn't read it) on Lunch a bad review of it but I thought, well, plenty of people love Titanic but I didn't as well. So, here's a different perspective about this particular movie. Just Like Heaven is entertaining. It is an easy going and comical movie, unlike What Dreams May Come which I just wrote a review on. Still, towards the end, it is a moving movie. It's one where I'll never forgive the … more
This movie is just plain sweet. David (Mark Ruffalo) rents a (drop-dead gorgeous) apartment in San Francisco. He quickly finds that he has, like it or not, a kind of room mate in the form of Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon). Well, sort of a room mate because it quickly becomes apparent that Elizabeth isn't alive. David resents the intrusion and the scenes showing his attempts to drive Elizabeth out are hilarious. But Elizabeth isn't going anywhere because this is - or rather … more
This Ghost ripoff doesn't seem to have the quite the story, acting or likable characters that Ghost had. In this one Reese Witherspoon is an apparent ghost that only Mark Ruffalo can see and hear. She follows him around and them helps him save a man's life with some quick, on the spot medical advice. This makes her and Ruffalo believe that she was a person with medical training and they head to a hospital after Ruffalo is hurt. While in the hospital Witherspoon says that … more
I must confess I'm a sucker for a movie like this. It is a very cute story of an unhappy man with an unhappy past who rental turns out to be occupied by Reese Witherspoon but not physically. It is a ghost story with a twist that I won't go into. If you are the sentimental type then you will find yourself glued. What's more interesting are the end of life issues that are brought up in this picture. I don't know if that had an effect on the box office … more
JUST LIKE HEAVEN finds its audience because of the stars. Reese Witherspoon, who actually CAN act as we have seen in Vanity Fair and Walk the Line), here falls back on her commercial blockbuster successes like Legally Blonde 1 & 2, etc. Doubtless films like this one are something she can do in her sleep, and the box office results make it worth her time. But it is a bit disappointing to see Mark Ruffalo step out of his usual proclivity for choosing films of substance to spend time on fluff like … more
I first got on this blog to discuss my first passion which is books. Since I have gotten on I find that books are only a piece of this blog and I can discuss just about anything that comes to mind. It … more
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Bad romantic comedies make you scoff at their absurdity; good ones make you wish your life was that absurd.Just Like Heavenis just smart and likable enough to trigger that wishing. David (Mark Ruffalo,Collateral,You Can Count On Me) finds an amazing apartment in San Francisco--only to discover it's haunted by the spirit of the previous tenant, an overachieving doctor named Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon,Legally Blonde,Election). There's something not quite right about Elizabeth's afterlife; against his better judgement, David agrees to help her investigate her life...but finds himself digging into his own as well. The plot takes a twist that some viewers will see coming, butJust Like Heavendoesn't rely on the surprise alone; the revelation takes the story in a new and just as entertaining direction. Witherspoon and Ruffalo are two of the best romantic leads around, but the surprise is how well their contrasting flavors (perky and moody, respectively) mesh, creating a sparky, engaging chemistry. Also featuring Dina Waters (Freaky Friday), Donal Logue (The Tao of Steve), Ben Shenkman (Angels in America), and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite). Crisply directed by Mark Waters (Mean Girls), who carefully keeps the supernatural from getting silly and the romance from getting gooey.--Bret Fetzer