Just Like Heaven

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A couple who live on different sides of the divide of life and death discover just how many boundaries love can cross in this romantic comic fantasy. Elizabeth Reese Witherspoon is a hardworking and dedicated medical resident who, after 20 hours on duty, is heading home when she falls asleep at the wheel of her car and is involved in a fatal auto accident. Several weeks later, a man named David Mark Ruffalo takes over the lease on Elizabeth's apartment, but he discovers that she hasn't quite vacated the building....
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A couple who live on different sides of the divide of life and death discover just how many boundaries love can cross in this romantic comic fantasy. Elizabeth Reese Witherspoon is a hardworking and dedicated medical resident who, after 20 hours on duty, is heading home when she falls asleep at the wheel of her car and is involved in a fatal auto accident. Several weeks later, a man named David Mark Ruffalo takes over the lease on Elizabeth's apartment, but he discovers that she hasn't quite vacated the building. Elizabeth's body may be dead, but her spirit is still quite lively, and her ghost is insisting that the apartment is still hers...and that she wants him to move out. David brings in Darryl Jon Heder, an eccentric man who claims to have psychic powers, to help sweep Elizabeth's spirit out of the apartment, but she refuses to budge, certain that she can't be completely dead, despite all evidence to the contrary. As Elizabeth and David try to share the flat, they discover that their differences aren't as great as they once imagined, and they become attracted to one another. But will Elizabeth's spirit stay in the land of the living long enough for their romance to go somewhere? Just Like Heaven marked Jon Heder's first feature film role after his breakthrough appearance in the independent hit Napoleon Dynamite.
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Special Features

Making of Just Like Heaven; Meet the Cast; Deleted scenes; Gag reel
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This minor comedy-drama with romantic overtones is not only saved but also significantly enhanced by a nimble performance from the always-adorable Reese Witherspoon, once again taking an underwritten character and skillfully fleshing it out. She portrays work-obsessed intern Elizabeth Masterson, who apparently dies in a tragic car accident. Her spacious apartment is subsequently rented to David Abbott Mark Ruffalo, a lonely architect trying to rebuild his life following the death of his wife. Elizabeth -- or, rather, her ghost -- returns to the apartment and begins haunting David, the only person who can see and hear her. Though Just Like Heaven twists itself into narrative knots with an especially silly third-act contrivance, plot ultimately recedes in favor of performance, and the underlying sweetness of both main characters more than amply compensates for any script failings. Contributing minor but important supporting turns are Donal Logue, playing David’s skeptical best friend, and Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder, who comes close to stealing the show as a faintly psychic bookstore clerk. Heaven doesn’t have any of the edge or hipness of director Mark Waters’s preceding film, Mean Girls, but its genuine warmth and gentle humor should not be dismissed or undervalued. This is a nice, family-friendly movie with a positive, uplifting message -- and we could definitely use more of those.
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Just Like Heaven is the rare film that starts out broad, obvious and overly familiar, then develops subtlety as it moves along, ultimately winding up as a sweet -- if not distinctly memorable -- romantic comedy. A movie about a spirit haunting her former apartment can't exactly be "realistic," but Reese Witherspoon's sitcom-like reaction to her new circumstances is what gives the first act its eyeball-rolling broadness. Director Mark S. Waters stages this portion as an extended "meet cute" between Elizabeth Witherspoon and David Mark Ruffalo, the apartment's new tenant, so of course the two bicker and display the mutual comedic disdain that always presages movie romances -- even though he might be crazy, and she might be dead. It's when Waters steps out of this lazy opening that the film starts to take on more dimension, as the audience learns what happened to Elizabeth, and what's at stake going forward. Even the soundtrack gets focused down from a selection of randomly used, disjointed songs to something more comfortable and organic. And yes, it does feature the Cure song that inspired the title, albeit a cover by Katie Melua. Just Like Heaven loads up on the classic elements of romantic comedy, and sometimes overloads, such as putting two people in the role of David's buddy, thereby leaving both Donal Logue and Jon Heder in his first role after Napoleon Dynamite without enough to do. As for the leads, they acquit themselves well enough, but one senses they'd have been better if this material weren't essentially beneath them. Ruffalo has always been a critical darling, and at the time of this film's release, Witherspoon's Oscar-winning turn in Walk the Line was just two months from hitting theaters. Still, Just Like Heaven manages to overcome most of the potential cynicism by the predictable finale.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/7/2006
  • UPC: 678149197327
  • Original Release: 2005
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  • Source: Dreamworks Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Reese Witherspoon Elizabeth
Mark Ruffalo David
Donal Logue Jack
Dina Waters Abby
Ben Shenkman Brett
Jon Heder Darryl
Ivana Milicevic Katrina
Caroline Aaron Grace
Amita Balla Receptionist
Billy Beck Mr. Clarke
Robert N. Benjamin Ghostbuster
Tony Brubaker Security Guard
Lee Burns Ivan
Ron Canada Dr. Walsh
William Caploe Nurse Bill
Paul Cassell Brett's Friend
Rosalind Chao Fran
Ken Clark Security Guard
Tim Connolly Security Guard
Ingrid Coree Waitress
Shulie Cowen Nurse Jenny
Cristian Cruz Orderly Luis
Kerris Dorsey Zoe
Willie Garson Maitre D'
Ron Hacker Blues Guy
Kara Hamilton Valerie
Karen Harrison Kenny's Friend
Benjamin Hughes Peroxide Rocker
Jacob Chambers Kenny
Chaim Jeraffi Dry Cleaner
Doug Krizner Donald
Drew Letchworth UFO Guy
Gabrielle Madé Nurse Maria
Jeffrey Marcus Uptight Neighbor
Joel McKinnon Miller Lead Ghostbuster
Raymond O'Connor Catholic Priest
Jimmy Ortega Security Guard
Chris Pflueger Abby's Husband
Cara Vivien Rosenberg Balloon Girl
Lorna Scott Hippie Neighbor
Diego Sebastian Bandage Guy
Alyssa Shafer Lily
Tim Sitarz Security Guard
Lucille Soong Chinese Exorcist
Catherine Taber Intern Karen
Ken Takemoto Chinese Neighbor
Zoe Waters Park Girl
Nicole Wilder Kim
Victor Yerrid Ghostbuster
Rolfe Kent Conductor
Technical Credits
Mark S. Waters Director
Steve Adcock Camera Operator
Kevin Bailey Stunts
Maria Baker Art Director
Veronica Brooks Associate Producer
Braeden Burns Stunts
Gretchen Davis Makeup
Mark de Alessandro Stunts
Sophie De Rakoff Costumes/Costume Designer
Leslie Dixon Screenwriter
Michael E. Edmonson Special Effects
Annie Ellis Stunts
Joe Green Stunts
Bruce Green Editor
Joe Green Stunts
Lori Harris Costumes/Costume Designer
Nancy Hayes Casting
David B. Householter Executive Producer
Randy Johnson Stunts
Rolfe Kent Score Composer
Larry "Warlock" Lam Stunts
Kevin Larson Stunts
Tawny Ellis Lehman Stunts
Oakley Lehman Stunts
Marc Levy Co-producer
Marci Liroff Casting
Sue Lomino Set Decoration/Design
Laurie MacDonald Producer
Mark Mangini Sound/Sound Designer
Mike Martinez Stunts
Tim Meredith Stunts
Anthony Molinari Stunts
Daryn Okada Cinematographer
Walter Parkes Producer
Heidi Pascoe Stunts
Thomas Rasada Special Effects
Cat Smith Set Decoration/Design
Gregory W. Smith Camera Operator
Molly R. Stern Makeup
Peter Tolan Screenwriter
Tony Velasco Costumes/Costume Designer
Technicolor Weddington Sound Editor
Cary White Production Designer
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Just Like Heaven
1. At the Hospital [7:55]
2. David Meets Elizabeth [6:00]
3. Seeing Someone [5:35]
4. Bookstore [10:05]
5. At the Bar [3:39]
6. Meet the Neighbors [5:08]
7. "I'm a Doctor!" [3:41]
8. St. Matthews [10:11]
9. Katrina's Visit [5:16]
10. On the Roof [3:01]
11. David's Garden [6:47]
12. Elizabeth's Last Night [7:29]
13. An Idea [3:53]
14. Stealing the Baby [7:07]
15. Elizabeth Comes Home [4:22]
16. End Credits [4:17]
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Disc #1 -- Just Like Heaven
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  • Posted December 13, 2012

    Just a fun movie Elizabeth is a workaholic doctor trying to get

    Just a fun movie

    Elizabeth is a workaholic doctor trying to get an attending position at a hospital in San Francisco. She loves helping people but sacrifices her social life. On one late night she is in a car accident.
    David has withdrawn from society out of depression and ends up renting Elizabeth’s apartment. Her spirit keeps hanging around but he is the only one who can see her.
    This is a funny romantic comedy not a scary ghost story. There is a good twist part way through, though it is a bit predictable.

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    Cute premise, but hackneyed execution

    "Just Like Heaven" (based on the book Just Like Heaven) stars Reese Witherspoon as Elizabeth Masterson, a workaholic young doctor aspiring to become a resident physician in a San Francisco hospital. Elizabeth works double shifts (at the beginning, she's just finished 26 hours on call) and survives on espresso and cafeteria salads; she works because she truly cares about her patients and wants to do the right thing, even at the expense of her personal life. She has no love life, despite a friend's attempts to set her up on blind dates. While driving over to her sister's house on a rainy night, she's hit head-on by a semi (for some reason, this brought to mind Heart and Souls).

    Three months later David Abbot (Mark Ruffalo), a landscape architect, is looking to rent an apartment with a great couch. He seems lost in personal tragedy, drowning his sorrows in copious amounts of alcohol. Shortly after he moves into Elizabeth's apartment, she appears to him, insulting his slobby housekeeping skills and demanding that he leave her apartment immediately. She disappears as quickly as she arrives, leading David to think that he must be hallucinating. David talks to his shrink friend Jack (Donal Logue) and seeks advice from Darryl (Jon Heder, Napoleon Dynamite), who claims to be able to sense ghosts. All I could sense was a rehash of Jon's Napoleon character, and the addition of Darryl felt unnecessary (or at least, a recast was called for). David and Elizabeth become grudging allies as they seek to uncover the truth behind Elizabeth's condition, coming up against hospital bureaucracy, and this takes up most of the film.

    The scenery is nice enough, but there's so much artificial sweetness and logical improbabilities that go far beyond suspension of disbelief to make this workable. The various subplots (and choice of casting for Jack and Darryl) never really gelled for me. The attempts to insert physical comedy fell flat (David's seemingly spasmodic fight with a shot glass in a bar, Elizabeth attempting to "jump back" into her body, Elizabeth's sister running around wielding a meat cleaver), and Jon Heder's signature stoner hippie quickly grew grating. The script relied heavily on genre conventions (cue the "Ghostbusters" theme and references to The Joy Luck Club, and the climax felt far too scripted and forced to be effective (and there are medical impossibilities that boggle the mind). That's unfortunate, because Witherspoon's and Ruffalo's characters are likeable and their relationship has chemistry. With different writers, this could have been a great little romantic comedy, but as is it's only so-so.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Lighten the Mood

    A sweet chick flick to pop in when you're feeling stressed about life. Not gonna say anything about the plot, because I'd probably spoil it, haha. Only drawback is that the effects for Reese's ghost-persona are really cheesy. But there's only a few scenes that you really notice it. Overall, a sweet comedy with relatable characters that you can sympathize with. I own and love this movie. :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful!

    This is a funny, sweet, romantic movie that I absolutely love! "David" and "Elizabeth" were cast so perfectly and are so cute together. Though you can predict a happy ending, the movie itself isn't predictable or cliche. It will be well worth the 1 1/2 hours and the cost of a rental!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT

    Cute movie.. Funny and romantic.. Loved it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    LOVE IT!!

    i absolutely loved this movie!! its not the typical lovestory/drama/comedy~ it gets emotional and during certain points in the story, you really dont know whats going to happen! its like a breath of fresh air from other predictable movie plots. it all fell together very nicely, and reese witherspoon and mark ruffalo, as well as john heder, acted brilliantly, that you forget that their just acting! youll just regret as the credits roll that its already over.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Sweet, romantic movie

    I had heard bad things about this movie, so I was hesitant about seeing it. However, the fact that it's based on one of my favorite books "If Only It Were True", intrigued me enough to take the plunge. The plot is a little strange, so I would definately recommend reading the book first, and then watching the movie. I thought that having a movie made out of this wonderful book would ruin it, but I was pleasantly surprised. If I had cast the movie, I probably would have picked different actors (only because I didn't picture a Reese Witherspoon type when I read the book), but it turned out to be wonderful.There are some beautiful shots of San Francisco throughout the movie. The plot follows the book really well, and the changes made actually make the movie better. I don't know why they changed the characters names or the title, but it all works nicely. If you are even the slightest bit hesitant about seeing "Just Like Heaven" because of the plot, read the book first. You'll love it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Fresh and Funny Romantic Comedy

    I watched "Just Like Heaven" last night and I gotta say it's the funniest and most refreshing romantic comedy I've seen in a long time. It also gave me a rare opportunity to see a romantic comedy fantasy - it's a shame Hollywood doesn't make more of those. Like in "Splash" and the movie version of "Bewitched", "Just Like Heaven" has a lonely, romantically-challenged man fall in love with a pretty but mystical woman. There's a magical feel to it and, despite obvious differences, true love conquers all....including death, in this case. The movie delivers some clever references of "Ghostbusters" and "Sleeping Beauty", as well as a rare chance to let the leading man actually be funny. Sweetly emotional, laugh-out-loud funny, and romantic in a warmhearted way, "Just Like Heaven" is a delightful and unique romantic comedy fantasy that should be enjoyed by all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    GREAT MOVIE!

    Me and my girlfriend when to see this movie in the theater and I loved it. Reese did a great job and so did Mark!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    So good

    This Movie Is the love comedy of the year! it is so good. Very Emotional characters and Resse... uhh reese she is so good!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great actors, so-so script...

    Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo light up the screen in this surreal story of boy meets ghost. There's no doubt that the duo are well-accomplished, and talented... but, the script doesn't allow these two to shine (as we all know they can)! Mark Ruffalo plays David, a lonely and sad soul, looking for a place to live. He ends up finding a new apartment with a great view, and an unexpected guest! More knee-slapping funny than romantic, the cast is rounded out with film veterans Dina Waters and Donal Logue. This film is worth watching, just don't expect the script to make believers out of you. Even fine actors like Witherspoon and Ruffalo couldn't save this fragile story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    true rating/bobby

    Just like heaven is a touching story of a girl in a coma who's soul remains in her home as if she is alive. A guy moves in to her apartment and she talks to him. He is the only one who can hear and see her. He now has to persuade her family that she will live and not to pull the plug of her life support. This movie will move you to an ineminable extent. My real rAting is 4.5 stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Great Movie!

    Ever since I first saw the commercials on TV, I wanted to see this. Once I did, I didn't feel let down. It is a really great movie, even if it is a little far fetched. I can't wait to get it on DVD.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    great

    this a awesomely good movie that youll laugh and cry but mostley laugh

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Could've Been Better....

    Reese Witherspoon is a great actress, but let's just say she isn't at her best in this movie. There is hardly chemistry between the two main characters. The story is believable and it is portrayed all right, but it lacks good acting skills and that something that makes a great movie. The rating could, and probably should be lowerd to a PG. I'd say it's appropriate for ages 9 and up. Not something I highly recommend, but still, it's worth watching.

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