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A Near Masterpiece,
This review is from: Just Like Heaven (Widescreen Edition) (DVD)I never would have thought that I would use the word "masterpiece" to describe a romantic comedy but, in this movie, the screenplay, direction, cinematography, acting and even the soundtrack, all combine to create one of the greatest romantic comedies of all time.
I had low expectations for this film as I was turned off by the previews and detested the only other romantic comedy I've seen that starred Reese Witherspoon, "Sweet Home Alabama". Perhaps one reason I liked "Just Like Heaven" so much was that, about half way through, it stopped being a romantic comedy and turned into a romantic drama.
Marc Ruffalo plays a depressed landscape architect whose apartment is haunted by the spirit of a previous tenant, played by Witherspoon. They start out hostile to each other but, as you would be able to predict, their relationship evolves into something much more amicable. But just when you think you know what's going on, the story takes a twist and suddenly the comedy turns into high drama.
Marc Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon have great chemistry together. Although Ruffalo and Witherspoon are excellent, John Heder (of Napoleon Dynamite fame) and Donal Logue are even better in supporting roles. The last scene, with John Heder, is like the cherry on top of the perfect sundae.
The film's sole flaw is that sometimes there is an inconsistency between the spirit's ability to go through material objects but then, at times, be able to sit on or hold onto things. But when a film is this good, that's quibbling.
Some have called this a "chick flick," but I disagree. "Just Like Heaven" is for everyone.