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A Little Bit of Heaven Review

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Dave White Profile

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Grae Drake Profile

Chemo can't cure this bad script. Read full review

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  • 1.0
    14

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Overwhelming dislike
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 16

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Terminal colon cancer has never looked more fetching than in the critically ill romantic-disease comedy A Little Bit of Heaven.

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  • 20

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Frank Scheck

    An awkward mixture of melodrama and whimsical romantic comedy that should make the briefest of appearances in theaters before, like its main character, moving on to other planes. It might serve a valuable purpose if it at least prompts viewers to finally schedule those long delayed colonoscopies.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Pause for kids 14 & under

Bizarre combo of terminal cancer weepy and sexy romcom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that A Little Bit of Heaven is a "dying with cancer" drama, complete with spiritual overtones and a command to live life to its fullest, because you never know when it's going to end. Although the subject matter is mature, there's a lot of humor in the film -- as well as a fair bit of language ("s--t," "ass," "bitch") and sexuality (plenty of kissing and a few love scenes, including one that shows a man's naked rear). There's a strong theme of repairing damaged relationships, saying final goodbyes, and showing people how much you love and appreciate them, all of which is rooted in the main character's (Kate Hudson) decision to die without regrets. God is represented humorously as Whoopi Goldberg (everyone gets to see God as they imagine); overall the movie puts a positive spin on faith and believing in a higher power.

  • Families can talk about why so many dramas feature dying characters. How do movies portray people who are dying?
  • How are sexual relationships depicted in A Little Bit of Heaven? How does Marley's attitude toward love change as her prognosis worsens?
  • Are movies about dying characters appropriate for younger audiences? Were you surprised by the fact that Marley doesn't get better? What are some other movies that handle death in a touching manner?

The good stuff
  • message true3

    Messages: As you would expect from a movie about someone dying of cancer, A Little Bit of Heaven's overriding message is to seize the day and open yourself up to the possibility of love and commitment.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Marley is tenacious and free-spirited, but she only opens herself up to the possibility of love when she's dying. Her initial fear of commitment transforms into an ability to recognize and find love, even if it's short-lived. She goes through all the stages of grief associated with dying and is able to say her final goodbyes before finally passing away. Marley's best friends, Peter and Sarah, stand by her at every turn, even though Renee finds it too difficult (as a pregnant mother) to deal with the certainty of Marley's death. Marley's mother is always there for her, even when Marley criticizes her and is cruel.

What to watch for
  • violence false1

    Violence: No violence, but it might be disturbing for some viewers to watch a movie about a dying character.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Lots of kissing and a couple of love scenes. At the beginning of the movie, Marley makes it clear that she believes in having casual, no-strings-attached sex. She texts a guy over for a booty call; sexual noises and thumping are heard. She's shown in bed wearing a bra, and he's shirtless. Marley and Julian have sex after one date - there's lots of kissing, a darkly lit scene of them in bed, and then in the morning he gets out of bed and shows his naked behind. In a humorous scene, Marley and a male escort make loud noises so that a neighbor will think they're having sex. Julian tells a couple of dirty jokes.

  • language false4

    Language: Several uses of "s--t," "ass," "bitch," and "t-ts," plus milder language like "hell" and "damn." Marley makes a couple of cultural jokes to Dr. Goldstein about him being Mexican and Jewish, like "What do you want to eat, gefilte fish tacos"?

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: Marley mentions the powerful connotations of Trojan condoms' logo/name in an advertising meeting with a fictional rival condom brand. In one sequence, Marley takes her best friends and mom on a shopping spree, where they discuss splurging on Louis Vuitton and Prada purses, Jimmy Choo shoes, etc.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Grown-ups drink socially (wine, beer, cocktails) at restaurants, bars, clubs, and dinner parties.

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