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A Little Bit of Heaven (2011)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy | 4 May 2012 (USA)
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An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor.


Nicole Kassell


Gren Wells





Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Hudson ... Marley Corbett
Gael García Bernal ... Julian Goldstein
Kathy Bates ... Beverly Corbett
Lucy Punch ... Sarah Walker
Romany Malco ... Peter Cooper
Rosemarie DeWitt ... Renee Blair (as Rosemarie Dewitt)
Whoopi Goldberg ... God
Treat Williams ... Jack Corbett
Steven Weber ... Rob Randolf
Peter Dinklage ... Vinnie
Alan Dale ... Dr. Sanders
Jason Davis ... Thomas Blair
Bailey Bass Bailey Bass ... Cammie Blair
Charlotte Bass Charlotte Bass ... Cammie Blair
Brett Rice ... Ad Agency Client


An irreverent young woman who uses her humor to prevent matters from getting serious has a life-changing visit with her doctor.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Life starts now.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual content, including crude references, and language | See all certifications »

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User Reviews

light rom-com with cancer
7 July 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) is a strictly-single ad executive in New Orleans. She avoids any real commitments with her hookups. Her best friends are co-worker Sarah Walker (Lucy Punch), pregnant Renee Blair (Rosemarie DeWitt) and gay neighbor Peter Cooper (Romany Malco). She feels sick and goes to see Dr. Julian Goldstein (Gael García Bernal). While under, she sees God (Whoopi Goldberg) who gives her three wishes. She wishes to fly, $1 million and something for later. She has late stage colon cancer. Her parents Beverly (Kathy Bates) and Jack (Treat Williams) can't stop fighting even with their daughter sick. She wins a radio contest to learn hang gliding. Dr. Sanders (Alan Dale) tells her that chemo isn't working and she goes on a medical trial. She finally tells her boss Rob Randolf (Steven Weber) and he tells her about a million dollar payout from the life insurance. Peter sets her up with gigolo escort Vinnie (Peter Dinklage) nicknamed Little Bit of Heaven.

Is it really a bad thing to cross a cutesy rom-com with cancer? The critics seem to think so. I don't judge it like that. This is by no means perfect. Whoopi Goldberg as God is distracting as hell. Gael García Bernal is not fully committed to being a bad English speaker. He should really throw in a lot of Spanish. Kate Hudson is at home with these silly rom-coms. Her flightiness is more of a defense mechanism so I don't really take it as cutesy. The cancer stuff allows the movie to transition to heartfelt seriousness although it's very jarring sometimes. The tone is a tricky thing in this movie and it does struggle. However I don't mind treating cancer with a lighter tone.

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Release Date:

4 May 2012 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,011, 6 May 2012

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Sound Mix:

SDDS | Datasat | Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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