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Just Like Heaven Review

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  • 3.0

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Mike Clark

    Garnering a chuckle or two, but no more, are Donal Logue from "The Tao of Steve" (now there's a comedy) -- and, as a desperate magnet for both the slacker and "dude" demographics, Jon Heder from Napoleon Dynamite.

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  • 67

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    That Just Like Heaven succeeds at all - at least for teenage girls with limited interest in the drafting of living wills - is due entirely to Witherspoon's can-do charisma.

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  • 70

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Sheri Linden

    Crossing the life-death divide, Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo are a winning pair in this smart and tender comedy.

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  • 75

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    Yes. The movie works, and so we accept everything.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 12+

Quirky romantic comedy with a dark-ish premise.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this romantic comedy begins with a harrowing (though briefly shown) car accident, leaving a young woman apparently dead. She reappears as a neat-freak ghost in her old apartment, harassing the lonely garden designer who's moved in. Characters drink (at home, in a bar). A woman neighbor tries to seduce David by undressing in his apartment. The film also includes images of ghosts and spells in an "occult" book. Doctors and family discuss whether to continue life support for a woman in a coma. While most of the movie is light-hearted, it raises a serious question: how do you decide when to turn off life support for a loved one?

  • Families can talk about the relationship between the sisters, as this creates the eventual dilemma/climax, as to whether Elizabeth should be taken off life support. How are they both loving and competitive, jealous and supportive? You might also consider the film's use of romantic comedy structures (boy meets girl, etc.) in relation to the ethical and even spiritual questions it poses, concerning life, death, and grief.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Not an issue

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Car crash at start is abrupt, but not explicitly shown.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Some conversation about sex; woman appears in revealing "exercise" outfit; woman in a towel drops it (view from her back); joke about "lubricant."

  • language false0

    Language: Mild language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: References to coffee styles (not brands), Ghostbusters, Heineken.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false0

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Characters drink (beer in front of tv; one scene in a bar).