Just Like Heaven (2005)
Conventional in form, tone and structure, but with a little creative spark when it comes to the basic idea which the romance is spun around. Still, this is an American romantic comedy, for good or worse, which means that it is inherently rooted in generic traditions that will threaten to make it more or less unnoticeable for the seasoned viewer. Under Mark Waters' steady but unspectacular direction, Just Like Heaven doesn't, and never tries to, reinvent the wheel, but some might enjoy the design of the rim. This is spun around the idea of haunting (I'll leave it at that), and it quite playful for the better parts of Just Like Heaven's running time. Ultimately, however, it is the warmth of the actors that makes this vehicle the thoroughly pleasant experience that it is. Mark Ruffalo's believable performance keeps the film grounded and makes Reese Witherspoon's inevitably shallow display effective. And whenever the script borderlines triteness, it is Ruffalo's everyday quality that keeps it afloat. The final part is predictable, but achieves the desired effect.