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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.

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Mark Waters

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Peter Tolan (screenplay), Leslie Dixon (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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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Love will bring you back See more »


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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:

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

Near the beginning when Abby and Elizabeth are talking on the phone, Abby puts a wooden spoon down by the sink. In the next shot it's on the other side of the sink. 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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Referenced in Décroche (2007) See more »

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A charming and sweet supernatural rom-com with two likable leads.
24 April 2010 | by jamiemarks-1See all my reviews

A rom-com with a twist of the supernatural, which makes the story original. This movie plays wonderfully with the audience's expectations at whether Reese Witherspoon's character Elizabeth is real as her and David (played by Mark Ruffalo) try and figure out why he can only see her etc. There are a couple of good twists later on as they piece things together. Though on meeting they resent each other, they soon start to bond and the resentment turns into romance. The transition between dislike and love is handled extremely well at just the right pace making it believable. The script is surprisingly witty making it smart and the acting between Ruffalo and Witherspoon is really good with a lovely chemistry between them. They are so likable particularly Witherspoon at the start, that you care deeply about them and just root for them to be together.

This isn't really funny though I laughed a few times. It's more the comedy that makes you smile as it's charming. There are also some touching scenes as well that tug at the heartstrings but not in a way that's too sentimental like slush. In the end this was a lovely rom-com and even though this came out in 2005, after the recent ones I've seen at the cinema like The Bounty Hunter, The Proposal and The Ugly Truth (which were awful with leads that act sexist and immature and who you can't root for making it unlovable and not funny). Just Like Heaven joins my list of others like Date Night, (500) Days of Summer and arguably the best ever rom-com Love Actually in the likable category. Enjoyable entertainment for it's length that puts a smile on your face. If you haven't seen this yet and want a good rom-com. I would recommend Just Like Heaven because I felt like I was on it with feeling happiness as I watched it. Just lovely.


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