Just Like Heaven
Most chick flicks embrace the boy-meets-girl storyline but Just Like Heaven adds a nice little spin and offers a boy-meets-ghost scenario. This romantic comedy stars David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo) as a lonely architect who rents a furnished apartment after the death of his wife. Shortly thereafter, a pretty woman named Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon) appears claiming it’s her apartment. While David is talking to Elizabeth, she disappears and David soon realizes she’s a spirit. Of course, that’s after she walks through a couple of the walls and a coffee table. (I was wondering though, if she’s a ghost why are her footsteps so loud?) The two frustrate each other because she doesn’t like the way he takes care of the apartment and he doesn’t like the way she suddenly appears and scares him. The two eventually form an attachment and through a series of events they find out Elizabeth was a doctor who was involved in a terrible accident leaving her spirit in a state of limbo. Throughout all of this Elizabeth believes she isn’t really dead. Although this film is considered a comedy it doesn’t have any real laugh out loud moments. It’s a cute, touching film with some originality but not really enough that you have to use your brain to figure things out. Speaking of not using your brain, Reese Witherspoon plays her usual “pretty girl next door” role thus staying in her comfort zone. For all you guys who want to make a few brownie points with your girl, this is a great date movie. Once again, I tried to take a date but my wife wouldn’t allow me. With a little tweak here and there this could be a much better movie, but I’m still going to give it a B- rating.
This movie has been given a PG-13 rating by the MPAA
Although I am blind, I can appreciate a good movie as well as sighted individuals.
I rely more on a good story line than special effects.