Movie Review: Just Like Heaven

JustLikeHeavenby Pamela K. Kinney


David (Mark Ruffalo) has just moved into a small apartment in San Francisco when a woman named Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) appears, demanding to know why he is in her apartment. Then, as suddenly as she appeared, she vanishes.

Eventually discovering that she is a spirit, Elizabeth and David search for the truth of who she is and how she came to be in her present state, their relationship deepening into love. Unfortunately, there’s very little time before any prospects for a future together permanently fade away.

Mark Waters, the director of Mean Girls and Freaky Friday, has a new romantic paranormal comedy that is refreshing among many comedies today. Here the movie itself—without the need for bodily functions or other gross-out humor that modern comedies use these days—allows timing and the way the characters interact with each other emotionally to draw out the laughter from the audience.

The actors, especially Mr. Ruffalo and Ms. Witherspoon, were wonderful in their roles, but the one who stuck most in my mind after I left the theater was Jon Heder as Darryl, the psychic owner of the paranormal book store. His combination of valley boy and savvy medium was a great piece of acting.

If you’re looking for a ghost story to frighten the wits out of you, then Just Like Heaven isn’t for you. But if you like a film that’s not only a great date movie, but one that parents can even bring their kids to, then try Just Like Heaven and I promise you won’t be disappointed.


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