Saturday, March 26

Movie Review: Just Like Heaven (2005)

Film Title: Just Like Heaven
Length:  1h 35 m
Released: 2005
Genre:  Comedy, Romance, Drama, Fantasy
Rating: PG-13
Where I Got It: Netflix

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

Click here for the trailer

When I seen that this was coming to Netflix I could not resist revisiting this one. I had been in love with this film back when it came out in 2005. I think the last time I watched it was in 2008? So yessss it has been years!!

We follow David and Elizabeth. Elizabeth is an overworked doctor who has zero social life and David lost his wife and does nothing but drink and want to be alone. One night, Elizabeth gets in a terrible wreck. Months later, David rents Elizabeth's apartment. Not knowing....she hasn't quite left yet. 

This has all the elements of a romantic comedy. Comedy, love, a smidge of darkness, a great couple, and cheesiness. 

I love David and Elizabeth. They are the perfect ying/yang couple. I also loved how they became unlikely friends first. Well...they had no choice since she is just a spirit/ghost/ethereal being. They cannot touch or kiss or hit each other, but you can't help but love watching them go from fighting over the apartment, to friends, to being in love. 

Ooooo David. Poor thing. His wife tragically died and he just can't get over it. He couldn't save her and now all he wants to do is melt into the couch and drink. Can you blame him? The universe decided the only way to get him out of his funk was to give him this chance to save Elizabeth.  

The part with the hospital is intense...and they just let a character (will not name names, this is a big spoiler) walk away with no repercussions. As much as I would like to think the character would've gotten off scott-free....that is not realistic. LOL Much less realistic then the ghost/spirit girl. ;) Buuuuuut it was a powerful scene!

In the end, I remember why I liked this film so much. It has all you need and more for a romantic comedy. Grab some ice cream and your PJs and turn this old gem on (omg 2005 is considered old now....*eats a gallon of ice cream and cries for my youth*. 4 stars from me. 


Mary Kirkland said...

I haven't seen this but now I want to.

vvb32 reads said...

Sounds good and looks like it is set in San Francisco. Will check out :-)

Jen Twimom said...

Yes, this one keeps coming up in our "we think you would like" queue on Netflix. I told my girl she should watch it; it's cute. We'll see if she gets to it. It is a cute one, a little out there, but cute.

Blodeuedd said...

I saw it ages ago...I should watch it again

Carole Rae said...

vvb32, yes it is!

Jen, ;) let me know what you think!

B, yesss you should!

Sophia Rose said...

I can't believe I haven't watched this one yet. I like both actors and love romcoms.

Carole Rae said...

Eeek! Yes! Sophia you have to watch it then ;)