Just Like Heaven

September 16th, 2005


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A lonely landscape architect (Ruffalo) falls for the spirit of beautiful woman (Witherspoon) who used to live in his new apartment.

Release Year: 2005

Rating: 6.7/10 (42,020 voted)

Critic's Score: 47/100

Director: Mark Waters

Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue

Elizabeth Masterson, a dedicated doctor in San Francisco, had almost no time for anything. When her sister with two kids set her up on a date, she gets into a tragic car crash and gets in a coma. Meanwhile, an landscape architect named David Abbott moves into San Francisco and coincidentally, into Elizabeth's apartment for rent. While at the apartment, Elizabeth's spirit haunts him. She doesn't remember who she is, who her family is, and what she did - All that she remembered was her apartment and where everything was. To settle the arguments, David agrees to figure out who Elizabeth really is. When they get close to figuring out who she is, they eventually find love with one another and as they finally know who she really is, they learn that fate really has put them both together.

Writers: Peter Tolan, Leslie Dixon

Reese Witherspoon - Elizabeth
Mark Ruffalo - David
Donal Logue - Jack
Dina Waters - Abby
Ben Shenkman - Brett
Jon Heder - Darryl
Ivana Milicevic - Katrina
Caroline Aaron - Grace
Rosalind Chao - Fran
Ron Canada - Dr. Walsh
Willie Garson - Maitre D'
Gabrielle Made - Nurse Maria
William Caploe - Nurse Bill
Shulie Cowen - Nurse Jenny
Billy Beck - Mr. Clarke

Taglines: Love will bring you back


Official Website: DreamWorks [United States] | UIP [France] |

Release Date: 16 September 2005

Filming Locations: 609 Vallejo Street, San Francisco, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $58,000,000(estimated)

Opening Weekend: $16,408,718 (USA) (18 September 2005) (3508 Screens)

Gross: $99,076,569 (Worldwide) (5 March 2006)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The first feature film to use the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 camera, the upgraded version of the Millennium XL.

Continuity: The position of the multicolored glass bottle in the antique store changes, as David asks Darryl the questions at the desk.

[first lines]
Nurse Maria: Elizabeth...
Elizabeth Masterson: How long was I out?
Nurse Maria: Um, about six minutes.
Elizabeth Masterson: Thanks, I'll be right there.
Nurse Maria: OK, I'll be outside.

User Review

Wonderfully acted comedy; sensitive, silly and sweet

Rating: 10/10

Just saw a preview of this film last night, and I have to say, I can't wait to see it again. Usually, I'm not a huge fan of "otherwordly" type films, but this one is original and fun. Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon have great chemistry, and the script is smart. He's a depressed landscape architect trying to get his life back together; she's a disgruntled spirit, wondering what ever happened to hers. After their initial frustrations (she hates how he doesn't use coasters or pick up trash in HER apartment, he hates how she appears without notice in what he now considers HIS apartment) they try to piece together the course of events that have left her in this state of limbo. What I loved about this film is David and Elizabeth's progression from animosity to genuine affection, as they alternately pester then rely on one another. He becomes dedicated to trying to help her, despite appearing insane to everyone in San Francisco, except for a wonderfully quirky psychic bookstore clerk played by Jon Heder (aka Napoleon Dynamite.) Not since Patrick Swayze quarreled with a Whoopi Goldberg in "Ghost" have I been so amused by a spirit haunting a mere mortal. This is a great chick flick, but would work out nice for a date, too. Just have a tissue handy!