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by PerthKel (subscribe)
I'm a part time actor and part time writer living in Perth. I love being on stage. I love going out with friends, doesn't matter what we do
Published June 30th 2022
Reese Witherspoon & Mark Ruffalo in love

Released in 2005 and starring Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo, Just Like Heaven is a funny and heartwarming romantic comedy set in San Francisco.

Elizabeth Masterson (Witherspoon), a young, hardworking doctor, wants to stay in San Francisco to finish her medical residency. Her work is all-encompassing, leaving no time for anything romantic. On her way to her sisters for a dinner party and blind date, she's involved in a serious car accident.

Three months later David Abbott (Ruffalo), a landscape architect is dealing with some inner demons and moves into Masterson's apartment as a sub-let after 'finding' the place in what appears to be a fateful happenstance.

Shortly after moving in, and making a mess of Elizabeth's very organised place, she starts to appear to David - leaving both very confused. Elizabeth thinks he's a squatter, David thinks she's somehow managed to break-in, but when Elizabeth finds herself walking through items in the house they both come to realise there is something more going on. Walking through things, suddenly appearing and disappearing and not remembering anything about herself..... Is she dead? She can't be alive, can she?

Since David is the only one who can see or hear Elizabeth, everyone around him thinks he's hallucinating and falling into alcoholism. Whilst out one evening in a restaurant, a man has a medical episode and Elizabeth walks David through saving his life. Realising she's a doctor, they head to the nearest hospital - where things start to come back to Elizabeth, including the accident that got her into the current situation - a coma.

David learns that Elizabeth's sister, Abby (Dina Waters) is planning to sign papers so there would be no further measures to save her life if the inevitable happens, so he sets about to steal her body from the hospital to save her life. He does save her life, but not in the way you think and as Elizabeth emerges from her coma, she doesn't remember her time with David.

Will she remember? Will true love win out? This is a great romantic comedy to sit and watch either alone or with the one you love.
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