Elizabeth is a workaholic doctor who is way too busy for a life. One night, she gets into a car accident and becomes stuck between heaven and earth. David is a lonely architect who rents her old apartment and thinks he's c... more »razy when he starts seeing her spirit. He tries to get rid of her but she just won't go away.« less
Lenny N. (Qsrasra) from FORT BRAGG, CA Reviewed on 11/14/2017...
A nice romantic comedy. A sweet version of the rescue-fantasy theme, this was enjoyable and worth my time. It left me feeling warm inside.
Juan G. from AURORA, IL Reviewed on 9/6/2016...
It was an ok movie to watch.
Jennifer D. (jennicat) from ST AUGUSTINE, FL Reviewed on 3/29/2014...
I think Mark Ruffalo can work with anyone. They both did such a good job. One of my favorites. Awesome! In my library!
Tony C. (elviszappa) Reviewed on 7/18/2012...
I've seen "Just Like Heaven" a couple of times. The first time I was a bit frustrated by the story, but I enjoyed it. The second time, I liked it better but don't expect "Casablanca" here.
It is not your typical romantic comedy. The story requires quite a bit of suspension of disbelief, but it is entertaining. I'm not a big fan of Mark Ruffalo, and he has all of the charisma of a coma victim in this film. Reese is good as always.
Probably not for everyone, but a fun little modern day B-movie.
Don K. from BEAVERTON, OR Reviewed on 4/27/2012...
Cute, funny and heartwarming, this clever story is never dull. Reese and Mark are always worth watching, and this is an excellent vehicle for their fine talents. It's a keeper!
Denise T. from RICHLAND, MS Reviewed on 5/11/2009...
good romatic movie
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Leslie G. (Sharllissa) from BREMERTON, WA Reviewed on 12/30/2008...
This was a cute movie, not a classic but it is very entertaining. It is good to watch on a rainy day when you are trapped inside.
3 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Sherri H. (MrsH) from ROME, GA Reviewed on 11/19/2007...
Great movie! Loved it!
1 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.
Amazing... (it's better than the book!)
Ashley Quinn | IL United States | 09/18/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"What a wonderful movie. After a summer full of dull blockbuster, shoot 'em up, aliens attacking, superhero flicks, I was sooooo ready for the fall fare, and Just Like Heaven is the perfect way to start. Reese Witherspoon is, well, heavenly and altogether lovely, but Mark Ruffalo truly impressed me. And, for the Napoleon Dynamite fans, Jon Heder makes an appearance as an occult bookstore attendent. This character is probably what Napoleon would be doing 10 years down the road. Napoleon aside (please don't see this movie just for him!), this is a very sweet, fun, and surprising romantic comedy.
Reese is Elizabeth, a dedicated doctor who scarcely makes time for herself. About fifteen minutes into the film, she's in a terrible car accident... flash forward three months later. David (Ruffalo) is looking for a furnished apartment to sublet. He just can't seem to find one with a comfortable enough couch, until that is, a piece of paper keeps flying at him in the street, advertising a fully furnished apartment. The couch is perfect, so he quickly moves in and begins his nightly drink-fest. But soon after he begins seeing the spirit of Elizabeth, who tells him that the apartment is hers. Together, they discover what truly has become of Elizabeth (I'm not telling!) and how to get things back to normal.
There are lots of surprising twists in this movie, and I had already read the book. The premise is the same, but this movie reveals a lot of missed opportunities on the author's (Marc Levy's) part. Witherspoon and Ruffalo are wonderful together, a perfect romantic comedy match. Ruffalo actually almost had me crying when he finally reveals the root of his depression to Elizabeth. What a fun movie! Just suspend any disbelief you may have and just have fun! That's what this movie is for! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!"
Just Like Heaven
Kelly | Littleton, Colorado | 04/06/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"David Abbott has lost everything - his job, his home, and most importantly his wife. He has just been simply existing and drinking excessively to help cover the pain. David has been looking for a furnished home in San Francisco to rent, and quite by accident stumbles upon the perfect temporary solution. He is happy with his choice, and the prospect of moving in until he sees a woman who is insisting she is the owner. David wants her gone, but she makes it clear that she isn't going anywhere until she figures out what is going on. Together they try to put the pieces together, and discover that she is Elizabeth Masterson. Unfortunately they also discover that Dr. Masterson was in a horrific auto accident. As they seek answers, they also become closer and closer.
This is a terrific predictable romantic movie. Reece Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are wonderful together. They give such a great performance! "
Much Better than I Expected
Patricia McGuire | Princeton NJ | 05/27/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't like the previews for this one: They made it look like a ghost story. It is much more than that.
The problem with the previews was that they couldn't show you what the film ultimately was about without spoiling. I won't tell you either except to say that the film takes a turn at one point and changes direction. It becomes as good of a romantic comedy as has ever been made.
The story is about a widower (Mark Ruffalo) who seems to be haunted by the ghost of a prior tenant, a workaholic hospital intern played by Reese Witherspoon. But when we find out what is really going, it changes to heart-wrenching high drama.
Mark Baker | Santa Clarita, CA United States | 04/24/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Dr. Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon) is a workaholic striving to get a permanent job at the hospital she's working at in San Francisco. But on the day she gets the job, she's in a horrid car accident.
Meanwhile, David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo) is looking for a furnished apartment with a comfortable couch. He's running out of options until a flier for a sub-lease flies across his path. It's perfect, and David is excited about moving in.
Until he sees Elizabeth in his apartment. She insists she lives there and he is the one trespassing. When she appears and disappears, David decides she's a spirit and tries everything he can to get rid of her. When that doesn't work, he agrees to help her find out who she is so she can get peace and leave him alone.
The pieces begin falling into place, but by then, David and Elizabeth have grown beyond their initial dislike and enjoy each other's company. Will the truth about Elizabeth be good news or bad news?
I went into this movie expecting a light romantic comedy, and there are some very funny moments, especially at the beginning as David and Elizabeth must come to grips with each other. However, as the movie progressed, the story grew more serious. I was amazed at how much I grew to care for the characters. The scene where David thinks Elizabeth is out of his life choked me up, and I did need tissue for the climax.
The story itself is basically predictable. Several major plot points are obvious long before they happen. However, there was a twist or two I didn't see coming. And the movie has some themes worth thinking over after it ends.
The movie is carried by the leads. Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo do a great job in their rolls. The movie really focuses on them, and the two have lots of screen time together. The chemistry builds over the course of the movie. I found this noteworthy because in most comedies it seems to either be there or not. I liked this because shows the changing relationship that Elizabeth and David have.
The praise for the leads isn't to detract from the supporting actors. Dina Spybey especially stands out as Elizabeth's sister. However, Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame steals every scene he is in. His paranormal expert is hilarious.
The DVD extras include some hilarious bloopers and about a half dozen deleted scenes. Both are worth watching and are pretty funny, although I'm glad the alternate ending was left on the cutting room floor.
This movie is a pleasant way to spend a couple hours. Not terribly original, but it tries harder then many films out there today."
"If you could really touch me, what would you do?"
John Dagley | Melbourne Australia | 01/31/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I'm sure my opening subject line is a line from 'Just Like Heaven' and beautifully sums up this film for me.
While Reese Witherspoon's foray into the literary classic masterpiece 'Vanity Fair' in 2004, might have left audiences and fans divided, maybe even killed her career depending on how you view this previous film of hers. I however think otherwise. No matter what one thinks on Reese's other film what's important is this. Reese Witherspoon returns to a more familiar film role certain to gain more fans, and keep the dedicated forever on cloud nine. A romantic comedy with an intriguing dynamic that I know Reese enjoyed and equally challenging.
The film 'Just Like Heaven' directed by Mark Waters (Freaky Friday, 'Mean Girls'), does a fabulous book adaption more then enough justice. It really goes beyond the written word, and hurls the movie into a whole new dimention with delightful results. The film compaired to the book is faithful, but here's why the film is better. There are more characters, more story, a better interaction between the living and dead and most importantly for me is one fact. If you discovered you could see someone what would you do with them? The film goes into this where the book didn't really satisy me in this respect.
With television and film studios really embracing the existence of spirits on earth after death, with prime examples being Allison's DuBois 'Medium' for older viewers, and Jennifer Love Hewitt's 'Ghost Whisperer' for younger viewers primarily. It would be unwise to amount this film as just more fancy fluff. This film has more spirit then your average film.
Near the end of the film some girls remarked "Oh you can't be serious!" It really seemed like a silly comment to make and very brave of the studio to film the scene I will go into detail about. This comment refers to a lovely scene in the film a real favorite of mine, where it seems the two leads make love clothed with the power of touch. Since this is possible on earth, is it so hard to imagine this physical expression of love would be denied us when we die? I doubt it. If Reese Witherspoon's spirit came to me in a time of need I'd want to do anything she desired. I'm so glad this film will remain after Reese along with the rest of us haved passed away. Forever this film will be seen and be a part of Reese Witherspoon's film legacy. That all actors have to share with the world while they live and after they pass. View this film sensibly. It is precious."