Just Like Heaven

Just Like Heaven

DVD - 2006
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Elizabeth is a dedicated, workaholic doctor who is much to busy to have a life. One night, she gets into a terrible car accident and dies. She becomes a spirit stuck between heaven and earth. She doesn't realize that she is dead and thinks nothing has happened. That is until she meets David, a lonely architect, who has rented her old apartment. David thinks he is going crazy when he sees Elizabeth's spirit and tries everyway he can think of to get rid of her, but she just won't go away. Although the two are complete opposites, they somehow manage to form a relationship.
Publisher: Universal City, CA : DreamWorks Home Entertainment, [2006]
Edition: Full screen ed.
ISBN: 9781417030958
141703095X
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (ca. 95 min.) :,sd., col. ;,12 cm.

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iloveseaotters
May 24, 2019

When I first saw the movie poster for "Just Like Heaven" on a movie marque, I didn't realize that it is based on the book "If Only It Were True" by French author Mark Levy. I've read the book twice and absolutely loved it, but I never dreamed that it would be turned into a movie. Two things bothered me about it. First of all, the renaming of the movie, and secondly, the renaming of the characters. In the book, Reece Witherspoon's character is Lauren and Mark Ruffalo's character is Arthur. Right away, I figured this was a very bad sign. The critics gave it terrible reviews, and I was reluctant to even see it. Still, I was curious, but kept my expectations low. This has to be at the top of my list for films that are much better than I anticipated. I was just blown away by the transition from book to screen. The movie follows the book almost to a "T", and the main climatic scenes are very well done. In the book, it takes a really long time for them to follow through with their plan, but here it's done rather quickly. Yes, they had to speed it up because of the length of the film, but if they had been truer to the book in this aspect, it really would have weighted it down and made it painfully long. Instead it's highly entertaining and well-acted. Hilarious and heartwarming, you'll laugh and cry. One thing of note; Just Like Heaven has a much different ending than the book. That being said, this is a rare instance where I am with the film makers on this one. The book ending is a bit disappointing, but probably more "realistic" if you call a ghost living in someone's apartment "realistic". But here the ending is oh-so wonderful; something you would expect from a romantic comedy.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Oct 06, 2018

This fantasy/romance movie stars Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, and Jon Heder in this strange and captivating film. David is recently widowed, but begins to notice a ghost living in his apartment that doesn’t believe it is dead. After David asks a psychic for help to figure out why the ghost is there, him and the ghost begin to fall in love. I found this movie pretty interesting because it looks at the way that people process loss as well as a relationship forming between two charming lead actors. I would rate this movie 3.5/5 stars and recommend it to those who like non-traditional romantic movies. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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singidunum_25
Jan 02, 2018

Based on the book “If only it were true” by French author Marc Levy, movie is funny and entertaining as well. I don’t think that casting Mark Ruffalo in romantic role was the best match, but the movie carries on nevertheless.

I am a fan of Reese Witherspoon's but this is NOT her best work. It was enjoyable in a simple way but was very, very predictable. The best actor in this movie is not the one you would think (in my op). It is totally the dude that runs the store! He is actually very believable while most of this may not be. I wouldn't run for the hills if I had to watch it again. But unlike a lot of Reese's other works, this does not warrant a second watching.

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4536o
Mar 11, 2017

A really sweet movie, in the best possible way. A very, very good Reese--and that's saying something. Darryl the bookstore psychic-seer is totally "Righteous!" (you'll get it). And Jack/J.J. would definitely be my choice if I needed a shrink.

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chavita
Feb 14, 2017

beautiful movie I love mark ruffalo

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franna
Jan 25, 2017

this was a really sweet movie.

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janesays
Jul 13, 2016

Cute film! Nothing deep, just fun with a nice setting. Mark and Reese were great. I also enjoyed Jon Heder's role.

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StarGladiator
Oct 12, 2015

Although this movie was highly predictable, it was still a joy if you are [I was] a Reese fan. I believe this was her last movie before her accident - - haven't liked her acting in any movie since.

IMCHRE8TV Dec 28, 2011

The movie was pretty much predictable. Pretty Reese Witherspoon plays a pretty got it all together MD hustling to become an attending MD who ends up kind of sort of well ... dead. But in a pretty way. (see film, no spoilers here) Pretty San Francisco. Pretty garden landscaping scenes. Her love interest played a pretty boy landscaping architect who sublet Reese's pretty expensive apartment from a real estate agent who was pretty atypical. If you are a Reese Witherspoon fan, I recommend. If you are a fan or just homesick for San Francisco, this film is just a teaser -- but it is pretty. :)

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Bruinfan
Nov 15, 2008

Sexual Content: There is one part where a character becomes nude, in offering herself. But you don't see anything.

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