Just Like Heaven

Theatrical Release: September 16, 2005
DVD Release: February 7, 2006
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Synopsis

When David sublet his quaint San Francisco apartment, the last thing he expected was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty young woman named Elizabeth suddenly shows up, adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there’s been a giant misunderstanding…until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth, who begins to appear and disappear at will. Convinced that she is a ghost, David tries to help Elizabeth cross over to the “other side.” But while Elizabeth has discovered she can walk through walls, she is convinced that she is still alive and isn’t crossing over anywhere. As Elizabeth and David search for the truth about who Elizabeth is and how she came to be in her present state, their relationship deepens into love. Unfortunately, they have very little time before their prospects for a future together permanently fade away.

Dove Review

David (Mark Ruffalo) is a man totally depressed about loosing his wife. Elizabeth (Reese Witherspoon) is an up and coming workaholic doctor who is too wrapped up in her work to be depressed about her personal life. Elizabeth gets into an accident and appears to have died so her apartment becomes available. When David rents the apartment on a month to month basis the comedy and the romance start with twists and turns along the way.

There are many funny moments in the film mainly centered on the two trying to get rid of each other. Many relationships can start with this kind of friction which eventually turns into a spark, a flame and then a roaring bonfire. This romantic comedy reminded me of those couples who are in love that can’t stand to be a part from each other. The ones that only see each other, like the rest of the world don’t exist. So in love and meant for each other that when they are apart they feel something is missing.

Just Like Heaven misses the mark for a family audience though. The language, the drinking, the sexual content, create an unfortunate degree of objectionable fare with what could have been a touching fun family romantic comedy.

Content Description

Sex: Man and woman kiss; woman invites man into the bedroom to have sex
Language: h-word - 7; a- word - 4; OMG - 1; J - 1; OG - 1; G - 2; MG - 2; D*mn-it; s-word - 2;
Violence: Man hits man
Drugs: Man drinks many beers and gets drunk, same man drinks a lot; patrons shown drinking at a bar.
Nudity: Mans bare bottom shown, cleavage shown on women; woman drops a towel exposing everything to a man, but not the camera; man is shown in the shower from the waist up and then puts a towel around his waist and gets out of the shower.
Occult: occult books consulted; priest tries an exorcism; man tries to call "the spirit" to come forth (all of these are mainly used as comedy bits, only on psychic is taken and portrayed "seriously".

Info

Company: DreamWorks
Director: Mark Waters
Genre: Comedy
Runtime: 95 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Dave Lukens