Just Like Heaven (2005)



Critic Consensus: Delightfully sweet like a lollipop, Just Like Heaven is a dreamy romantic comedy that may give you a toothache when it attempts to broach difficult end of life issues by throwing a cherry on top.

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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.
PG-13 (for some sexual content)
Comedy , Drama , Romance
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Reese Witherspoon
as Elizabeth Masterson
Mark Ruffalo
as David Abbott
Donal Logue
as Jack Houriskey
Dina Waters
as Abby Brody
Ben Shenkman
as Brett Rushton
Jon Heder
as Darryl
Chris Pflueger
as Tom Brody
Kerris Dorsey
as Zoe Brody
Alyssa Shafer
as Lily Brody
Ron Canada
as Dr. Walsh
Gabrielle Madé
as Nurse Maria
Shulie Cowen
as Nurse Jenny
Diego Sebastian
as Bandage Guy
Cristian Cruz
as Orderly Luis
Paul Cassell
as Michael
Cara Vivien Rosenberg
as Balloon Girl
William Caploe
as Male Nurse
Drew Letchworth
as Guy With Glasses
Raymond O'Connor
as Catholic Priest
Joel McKinnon Miller
as Ghostbuster 1
James D. Weston II
as Bar Patron/Precision Driver
Harry Siitonen
as Nutty Old Guy
Lorna Scott
as Nosy Neighbor
Ken Takemoto
as Chinese Man
Jeff Marcus
as Uptight Neighbor
Chaim Jeraffi
as Dry Cleaner
Robert N. Benjamin
as Ghostbuster
Doug Krizner
as Mr. Willis
Karen Harrison
as Kenny's Friend
Ingrid Coree
as Waitress
Jeffrey Marcus
as Uptight Neighbor
Lee Burns
as Ivan
Amita Balla
as Young Receptionist
Steve Irish
as Patrolman
Kara Hamilton
as Valerie
Zoe Waters
as Park Girl
Ron Hacker
as Blues Guy
Victor Yerrid
as Ghostbuster 2
Robert J. Benjamin
as Ghostbuster 3
Lucille Soong
as Chinese Woman
Ken Clark
as Security 3
Tim Connolly
as Security Guard
Michael F. Grant
as Passer-by
Tony Brubaker
as Security Guard
Marilee Lesley
as Elizabeth in Coma
Tim Sitarz
as Security Guard
Jimmy Ortega
as Security Guard
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Critic Reviews for Just Like Heaven

All Critics (149) | Top Critics (33)

See two charming characters make beautiful music together.

Full Review… | September 28, 2005
New York Observer
Top Critic

Starts out glib and gimmicky but later digs surprisingly deep.

September 23, 2005
New York Post
Top Critic

It's corny, it's somewhat predictable, but it's also very sweet, it's funny.

September 19, 2005
Ebert & Roeper
Top Critic

Closer to hell, really.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Toronto Star
Top Critic

Just Like Heaven is really nothing more than your standard love-from-beyond-the-grave squishfest (even though the heroine isn't actually dead) done up in the dumb bonnet-and-bloomers get-up of contemporary romantic comedy.

Full Review… | September 16, 2005
Top Critic

Director Mark Waters knows how to turn the gimmicky unknown into psychologically comic adventure, just as he did in 2003's Freaky Friday.

September 16, 2005
Seattle Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Just Like Heaven

It is fun watching a ghost who doesn't know they are a ghost. At one point, Reese was arguing that she was completely normal while her ghostly image is being split in half by the dining room table.

Red Lats
Red Lats

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Witherspoons chin could probably kick my chins ass

Coxxie Mild Sauce
Coxxie Mild Sauce

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Really cute film!

Bethany Murphy
Bethany Murphy

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