Sunday, January 01, 2006

JUST LIKE HEAVEN - the mediocre movie that scuppered the Universal/Dreamworks deal

JUST LIKE HEAVEN is a formulaic romantic comedy with the emphasis on romance rather than comedy. Reese Witherspoon takes a giant step back from her Oscar-worthy role as June Cash in WALK THE LINE to play Elizabeth Masterson, a workaholic medic. When Elizabeth has a car accident and falls into a coma, her spirit starts haunting her old apartment, now the home of Indie-flick darling, Mark Ruffalo. So begins an otherworldly romance that is so formulaic it has an A-level in Further Math. A real let down givem how much I normally love these two actors and the generally positive reviews from the professionals. The only redeeming feature of JUST LIKE HEAVEN is the cameo performance by the supremely funny Jon Heder, who plays a spiritual-bookstore owner. Heder reprises his lovable eccentric doofus role from the truly funny and romantic flick NAPOLEON DYNAMITE. I strongly suggest you rent that instead.

JUST LIKE HEAVEN is on global release.

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