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Just Like Heaven (2005)

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A lonely landscape architect falls for the spirit of the beautiful woman who used to live in his new apartment.

Director:

Mark Waters

Writers:

Peter Tolan (screenplay), Leslie Dixon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Reese Witherspoon ... Elizabeth
Mark Ruffalo ... David
Donal Logue ... Jack
Dina Spybey-Waters ... Abby (as Dina Waters)
Ben Shenkman ... Brett
Jon Heder ... Darryl
Ivana Milicevic ... Katrina
Caroline Aaron ... Grace
Rosalind Chao ... Fran
Ron Canada ... Dr. Walsh
Willie Garson ... Maitre D'
Gabrielle Made ... Nurse Maria
William Caploe William Caploe ... Nurse Bill
Shulie Cowen ... Nurse Jenny
Billy Beck ... Mr. Clarke
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Storyline

Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When she gets into a tragic car crash and goes into a coma, a landscape architect moves into Elizabeth's apartment for rent - where he meets her amnesiac ethereal form. Written by kayleigh

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for some sexual content | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish | Mandarin

Release Date:

16 September 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

If Only It Were True See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$58,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$16,408,718, 18 September 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$48,318,130

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$102,854,431
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Co-Screenwriter Leslie Dixon suggested using the apartment where she used to live for shooting. She also suggested Jon Heder for the role of Darryl. Both of these suggestions were taken. See more »

Goofs

When Katrina asks David where the bathroom is, her thong is barely sticking out of her jeans, yet in the next closeup it is sticking far up above her jeans. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Nurse Maria: Elizabeth...
Elizabeth Masterson: How long was I out?
Nurse Maria: Um, about six minutes.
Elizabeth Masterson: Thanks, I'll be right there.
Nurse Maria: OK, I'll be outside.
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Connections

Version of Vismayathumbathu (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

I Put a Spell on You
Written by Screamin' Jay Hawkins (as Jay Hawkins)
Performed by Screamin' Jay Hawkins
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony/BMG Music Entertainment
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Wonderfully acted comedy; sensitive, silly and sweet
8 September 2005 | by paulala343See all my reviews

Just saw a preview of this film last night, and I have to say, I can't wait to see it again. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of "otherwordly" type films, but this one is original and fun. Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon have great chemistry, and the script is smart. He's a depressed landscape architect trying to get his life back together; she's a disgruntled spirit, wondering what ever happened to hers. After their initial frustrations (she hates how he doesn't use coasters or pick up trash in HER apartment, he hates how she appears without notice in what he now considers HIS apartment) they try to piece together the course of events that have left her in this state of limbo. What I loved about this film is David and Elizabeth's progression from animosity to genuine affection, as they alternately pester then rely on one another. He becomes dedicated to trying to help her, despite appearing insane to everyone in San Francisco, except for a wonderfully quirky psychic bookstore clerk played by Jon Heder (aka Napoleon Dynamite.) Not since Patrick Swayze quarreled with a Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost" have I been so amused by a spirit haunting a mere mortal. This is a great chick flick, but would work out nice for a date, too. Just have a tissue handy!


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