sexta-feira, setembro 16, 2005
Mark Ruffalo and Reese Witherspoon on the set of Dreamworks' Just Like Heaven - 2005
A Wonderful Afterlife, but Must Share Bath
By A. O. SCOTT - NYTimes
"Just Like Heaven," directed by Mark Waters from a script by Peter Tolan and Leslie Dixon, is a metaphysical second-chance comedy, the kind of movie in which the laws of time and space are bent to give characters access to self-knowledge unavailable in ordinary circumstances. These movies always risk a certain sentimentality, but at their best they leaven teary lesson-learning with a whimsical delight in the ridiculous.
At the beginning, Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon), an ambitious San Francisco doctor, completes a marathon emergency room shift and is promptly involved in a car accident. A bit later, Elizabeth - or rather her immaterial but nonetheless talkative spirit barges in on David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo), a mopey fellow who sublets her apartment. What, she wants to know, is he doing in her apartment? He asks her the same question. After a while, predictably but winningly, their oil-and-water coexistence emulsifies into love, and they join forces to figure out just what happened to Elizabeth.
"Just Like Heaven," adapted from a novel by the French spiritual writer Marc Levy, is a bit too thin and gooey to be counted among classics of the genre. Given its somewhat morbid premise, though, it is also impressively nimble and cheery.
When David sublet his quaint San Francisco apartment, the last thing he expected was a roommate. He had only begun to make a complete mess of the place when a pretty young woman named Elizabeth suddenly shows up, adamantly insisting the apartment is hers. David assumes there's been a giant misunderstanding...until Elizabeth disappears as mysteriously as she appeared. Changing the locks does nothing to deter Elizabeth, who begins to appear and disappear at will. Convinced that she is a ghost, David tries to help Elizabeth cross over to the "other side." But while Elizabeth has discovered she can walk through walls, she is convinced that she is still alive and isn't crossing over anywhere. As Elizabeth and David search for the truth about who Elizabeth is and how she came to be in her present state, their relationship deepens into love. Unfortunately, they have very little time before their prospects for a future together permanently fade away.
Elenco: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Dina Waters, Ben Shenkman
Realizador: Mark S. Waters
Realizador: Mark S. Waters
Género: Comedy and Romance
Duração: 95 min.
Data de lançamento nos EUA: 16 Setembro, 2005 (wide).
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