Just Like HeavenPerhaps it wouldn’t have been my first choice for my first review on this site, but I just watched this DVD with Rachel, because I offered to watch a movie that she wanted to watch when we went to the DVD store this morning. Interestingly enough, I found it a little better than I expected, and Rachel wasn’t sure what she thought of it. She likes her movies (especially romances) to be predictable. This was a little more off-kilter.

Reese Witherspoon plays a young doctor who works hours and hours. She’s driving away from work, when a big truck bears down towards her . . . I wonder what happened to her?

Well, we then find out as we switch to Mark Ruffalo. He’s looking for an apartment in San Francisco, and manages to find one on a short-term lease. It’s a perfect apartment . . . the only problem is that Reese (now able to walk through walls, but unable to touch or interact with anything) shows up and wants him to get out of her apartment. So he’s now being haunted by Reese Witherspoon.

To start with (once they’ve got over the initial freak-out), they annoy each other no end. But then they get curious . . . what did happen to Reese? And, of course, this leads to romance. I don’t need to say any more. Obviously, the concept makes this a little bit more interesting than your standard romantic movie, but it is a romance, so you can expect a madcap last minute chase at the end, the fake downer ending where it seems to all end badly (complete with melancholy song in the soundtrack), followed by the real ending which is pure mush. For what it is, it’s well done. You’ll know already whether you want to see it for yourself.

Mention should also be made of the ever-amusing Jon Heder of Napoleon Dynamite fame, who has a small part as a psychic kid working at a paranormal bookstore.

3 1/2 out of 5.

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