Just Like Heaven
WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Boy meets girl, but girl is dead. No, this isnít CORPSE BRIDE. A funny RUFFALO and cute Witerspoon ensue.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Letís get something straight. Mark Ruffalo is cool and Reese Witherspoon is adorable and by-and-large I enjoyed this film. Things start off hilariously following Ruffalo doing the things that every man does: drinking beer, watching tv, drinking more beer, eating, and drinking more beer in the shower. Sounds a lot like someone I know. Anyway, Ruffaloís genuine comedic timing and character that I could relate to hooked me. Enter a cute Witherspoon who happens to be a ghost. Yes, lots of Swayze/GHOST jokes ensued by yours truly. This film is pretty by the numbers but arenít all romantic comedies that way? What makes JUST LIKE HEAVEN work is the comedy the film finds in everyday life and the great Ruffalo/Witherspoon chemistry that I want to see more of.
This is a good date flick cause the ladies will like the love story and the men get tons of great in-jokes and hey, they even threw in a funny NAPOLEON DYNAMITE (John Heder) to boot. With scenes like Ruffalo drinking at the bathroom sink and a book about death featuring a cover of a football pass entitled: ďPassing OnĒ, whatís not to like? Is it average? Yes. Is it funny? Yes. Will it get you laid? Possibly.
Making of Just Like Heaven: I kind of wonder if romantic comedies even need special features other than bloopers. Back on topic, this is your everyday standard EPK. Nothing great.
Meet the Cast: Well, I thought we already met the cast by watching the damn movie.
Deleted Scenes: Iím kind of ho-hum on these.
Gag Reel: Some funny, some not.
With the romance season in full gear, JUST LIKE HEAVEN serves as good, passable, romantic fodder. It DOES have some great laughs and good chemistry, just nothing to write home about. If you find yourself at the rental store needing that RC fix, grab this one.
>>Final Decision: Rent if you HAVE to.)