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Just Like Heaven Movie Review (7/10)

Posted on September 16th, 2005 filed in Movie Reviews    |   

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Summary:

Elizabeth Masterson (played by Reese Witherspoon) is a workaholic Doctor, at a hospital in San Francisco. She hardly has time to eat and sleep, let alone date. One rainy night, after a double shift day, she gets into a huge car accident.

Fast forward to few months later, David Abbott (played by Mark Ruffalo), a depressed landscape engineer, is subletting a low rent apartment with a gorgeous view of the city. Only, he is getting more than the view; a beautiful blond mysteriously appears and tells him off for messing up her apartment. As he tries to get rid of these recurrent appearances, a special bond develops between David and the ‘spirit’ and they set off to understand what happened to Elizabeth, only to discover that she is still alive in a coma and in an imminent need to be rescued.


Review:

‘Just like Heaven’ is a classical, romantic comedy about two people falling in love with a ghostly twist. Although it involves spirits, there is nothing scary or deep about the plot. It is a pleasant, sympathetic, predictable love story yet it keeps you highly entertained through its 95 minutes length.

The simplicity of the movie is compensated for by the charm of its cast. Reese Witherspoon, playing Elizabeth, as usual lights up the screen with her charisma and presence. Above all, she possesses an indisputable sweetness that is required for her role and to match the candid character of David, her onscreen love interest. Mark Ruffalo perfects his role as the heart broken, young, handsome bachelor who had given up on love only for it to come knocking on his door (literally). The chemistry between Reese and Mark is heart warming and you really vote for their getting together.

Many scenes in this movie are high on comedy, for example the part where Elizabeth inhabits David’s body and start acting all crazy is truly hilarious. Jon Heder playing Darryl, the psychic owner of a bookstore, is an exhilarating character that highlights the cool, ‘zen’ trend of the 21st century.

Even if we accept the idea that while her body is in a coma, her spirit is free to wander, the movie contains some unanswered questions. For example, where was she from the time of the accident until she showed up at the apartment? How did she magically remember everything at the end? But we must accept that in order to have the anticipated happy ending, a small twist in logic is required.

The movie sends the positive message that we must always find a balance between work and social life, as Elizabeth realizes after her accident that she had no life since she spent it all working and David realizes that he must stop lingering and accept the death of his ex wife to welcome a new love in his life. Above all, it sends the message that sometimes, some things are just meant to be! So despite the predictable, somewhat illogical plot, I left the theater with an enjoyable feeling of lightness and I actually recommend it for teenagers as well as adult.

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3 Responses to “Just Like Heaven Movie Review (7/10)”

  1. Roxanne Says:

    I loved this movie….My boyfriend could not bring himself to go watch it, under pretext that it is a ‘Deja vue’ totally unrealistic movie. So I went to see it with my girlfriends and we all loved it… It is sweet, romantic, really funny.

    I agree Reese is an excellent cast….She is such a lovely actress, and all her movies are an instant success simply by her positive energy. I am not a fan of Mark Ruffalo, I find him boring, the way he talks, he is out of energy, but this time it suits his character David who is depressed and has almost given up on life.

    I recommend this movie as a light, fun romantic hopeful comedy.

  2. Jojo Says:

    I loved this movie! It warmed my heart, really made my laugh….Jon Heder is super cool, reminded me of a friend I had back in Berkley, all into the energy and aura stuff…a bit spaced out yet super sweet…It is a nice touch to the movie….

    At the beginning you feel Reese’s stress and the hard load of her work, afterwards, when she haunts David, the movie takes a comic turn that keeps our interest…the ending, however, is rather poor, a typical happy ending of Hollywood, but deep inside we all want a happy ending, no?

    As for your question, where was she before she showed up, well in the world of spirits time has no value, like in a dream, so you should not worry about such worldly matters, you go into the movie knowing that the basic concept is a bit unrealistic and you do not question the details.

  3. Jojo Says:

    I loved this movie! It warmed my heart, really made my laugh….Jon Heder is super cool, reminded me of a friend I had back in Berkley, all into the energy and aura stuff…a bit spaced out yet super sweet…It is a nice touch to the movie….

    At the beginning you feel Reese’s stress and the hard load of her work, afterwards, when she haunts David, the movie takes a comic turn that keeps our interest…the ending I find is rather poor, typical happy ending of Hollywood, but deep inside we all want a happy ending…. As for your question, where was she before she showed up, well in the world of spirits

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