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Encyclopedia > Just Like Heaven (film)
Just Like Heaven

Promotional poster for Just Like Heaven
Directed by Mark Waters
Produced by Walter F. Parkes,
Laurie MacDonald
Written by Marc Levy (novel),
Peter Tolan,
Leslie Dixon
Starring Reese Witherspoon
Mark Ruffalo
Donal Logue
Jon Heder
Dina Spybey
Ivana Milicevic
Distributed by DreamWorks
Release date(s) 2005-09-16
Running time 95 min.
Language English
Budget ~ US$58,000,000
IMDb profile

Just Like Heaven is a romantic comedy film released on September 16, 2005, in the U.S. and Canada. Set in San Francisco, it stars Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, and Jon Heder (in his first film appearance following Napoleon Dynamite). It reached #1 in the United States box office, though it earned much less than anticipated. It is based on the novel If Only It Were True (Et si c'├ętait vrai...) by Marc Levy. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Please wikify (format) this article as suggested in the Guide to layout and the Manual of Style. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Marc Levy (born October 16, 1961 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) is a French Jewish novelist. ... Leslie Dixon is a Hollywood screenwriter. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven, 2005 Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an American actor who has received critical acclaim for his film work. ... Donal Francis Logue (born February 27, 1966, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) is a Canadian actor. ... Jon Heder Jonathan Joseph Heder (born October 26, 1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado), better known as Jon Heder, is an American actor and filmmaker, most famous for his portrayal of the title character in 2004s Napoleon Dynamite. ... Dina Spybey (b. ... Ivana Milicevic is an actress born in the former Yugoslavia. ... DreamWorks SKG (also known as DreamWorks Pictures) is one of the major American film studios which develops, produces, and distributes films, video games, and television programming. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... Romantic comedy films are a sub-genre of comedy films as well as of romance films. ... September 16 is the 259th day of the year (260th in leap years). ... This is a list of film-related events in 2005. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This page is a candidate for speedy deletion. ... Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven, 2005 Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an American actor who has received critical acclaim for his film work. ... Jon Heder Jonathan Joseph Heder (born October 26, 1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado), better known as Jon Heder, is an American actor and filmmaker, most famous for his portrayal of the title character in 2004s Napoleon Dynamite. ... Napoleon Dynamite is the feature film debut of director Jared Hess, based on his earlier short film, Peluca. ... This article or section is not written in the formal tone expected of an encyclopedia article. ... Marc Levy (born October 16, 1961 in Boulogne-Billancourt, France) is a French Jewish novelist. ...

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Plot

Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon), a young doctor whose work is her whole life, is involved in a car accident. Three months later, David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo), a loner recovering from the death of his wife, moves into her apartment. Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon[1] (born March 22, 1976), known simply as Reese Witherspoon, is an Academy Award-winning American actress. ... Ruffalo in Just Like Heaven, 2005 Mark Alan Ruffalo (born November 22, 1967 in Kenosha, Wisconsin) is an American actor who has received critical acclaim for his film work. ...


Elizabeth appears to David at the apartment. Though seemingly a normal person, she has ghostly properties and abilities: she can suddenly appear and disappear, and move through walls. When they meet, they are both surprised, as Elizabeth is not aware yet of her condition. This page is about paranormal phenomena. ...


For the most part, David is the only one who can see Elizabeth, leading others to believe that he is hallucinating and talking to himself. It is later revealed that one of Elizabeth's young nieces can also see her.


At first, Elizabeth does not remember anything of her life, and refuses to believe that she is dead. Her memories come back gradually. Together, assisted by Zen-like psychic Darryl (Jon Heder), she and David find out who she is, what happened to her, and why they are connected. Jon Heder Jonathan Joseph Heder (born October 26, 1977 in Fort Collins, Colorado), better known as Jon Heder, is an American actor and filmmaker, most famous for his portrayal of the title character in 2004s Napoleon Dynamite. ...


Eventually, they find that her body is in a coma in the hospital. In accordance with her living will, she will soon be taken off life support. Elizabeth's spirit and David, who have fallen in love, manage to prevent this just in time, and she miraculously recovers. However, she doesn't remember anything that happened during the coma. A living will, also called will to live, advance health directive, or advance health care directive, is a specific type of power of attorney or health care proxy or advance directive. ... Life support, in the medical field, refers to a set of therapies for preserving a patients life when essential body systems are not functioning sufficiently to sustain life unaided. ... The English word spirit comes from the Latin spiritus, meaning breath. ...


One day, Elizabeth goes up to her roof and sees David, who got in with the spare key and is finishing up the garden there. Just as he is about to leave, she asks for her key back. When their hands touch, her memory is restored, and they kiss.


Critical reaction

The film, though popular, was somewhat overshadowed by Witherspoon's more high-profile and almost simultaneously released blockbuster Walk the Line. Critics were mixed on the film, although the most prominent of them, such as Roger Ebert, Richard Roeper, and A.O. Scott, gave it favorable reviews. They all seemed to agree that the plot had logical flaws that were somewhat overcome by good dialogue and characterization. The performances of Witherspoon, Ruffalo, and Heder were all generally well-received. Heder's appearance helped to debunk an urban rumor that the actor had died shortly after filming Napoleon Dynamite. The DVD release in February 2006 was given unusually strong promotional publicity. Walk the Line is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning film chronicling the life of Johnny Cash, American country singer. ... Russ Meyer (left) and Roger Ebert, (1970) Roger Joseph Ebert (June 18, 1942 - ) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times in 1967. ... Richard Roeper Richard Roeper (born August 1, 1960) is a columnist/film critic for the Chicago Sun-Times and, since September of 2000, has co-hosted Ebert & Roeper with fellow film critic Roger Ebert. ... A.O. Scott writes film reviews for The New York Times. ...


The Cure

The title of this film is also the name of a popular 1987 song by the Cure, which singer Katie Melua covered for the film soundtrack. Melua's version is played over the opening titles; the original Cure version is played over much of the closing credits. The credits conclude with more of Melua's version. 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Ketevan Katie Melua (Georgian: , surname pronounced IPA: //; born 16 September 1984) is a British singer and musician, who was born in Georgia, but moved to Northern Ireland at the age of eight and then relocated to England at the age of 14. ... In popular music, a cover version, or simply cover, is a new rendition (performance or recording) of a previously recorded song. ...


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