JUST LIKE HEAVEN
Romantic New Age Notions
Release Date: September 16, 2005
Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mark
Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Jon
Heder, Dina Waters, and Ben
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Audience: Teenagers and adults
Director: Mark Waters
Executive Producer: None
Producer: Laurie MacDonald and Walter F.
Writer: Leslie Dixon and Peter Tolan
Address Comments To:David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone: (818) 695-5000
Elizabeth's ghost or disembodied spirit suddenly starts appearing in the apartment, ordering David to leave. He refuses to leave and consults a New Age, occult bookstore and its young psychic salesman on how to get rid of the apparent ghost. All of David's efforts fail, and Elizabeth keeps insisting she's not really dead.
David eventually discovers the truth about what happened to Elizabeth and falls in love with her. They have very little time to explore these situations before their chances for a future together permanently fade away.
There are several hilarious set pieces in JUST LIKE HEAVEN, but the early cut we saw still seemed a little disjointed. Also, it may not be possible to make a relationship with a disembodied spirit work really well on the big screen.
Even if the problems are fixed, however, JUST LIKE HEAVEN has an abhorrent New Age worldview that mocks Christianity at one point and contains strong occult content. Don't be fooled, therefore, by the movie's compelling scenes of finding true love or its apparent attack on passive euthanasia or "pulling the plug".
Unlike the New Age movement, Christianity's biblical view of the supernatural world has been objectively and historically proven by Jesus Christ's physical resurrection from the dead. Those who dabble in New Age spirituality and the occult are endangering their eternal destination. Eternal salvation depends on Jesus Christ and the Grace of God, not on our knowledge and expertise in New Age or occult formulas, beliefs and rituals, which are totally evil and which must be totally shunned.
Of course, Christianity also teaches that people who are in comas still have a spirit inside them, a spirit that can often hear and think, even when there is no apparent physical activity occurring. Therefore, medical authorities, not to mention governmental authorities, must always err on the side of life before they decide to give up on or end a person's life. Horribly, however, the medical establishment and the government seem increasingly determined to define human life in the most narrow of terms. Thus, they invent ambiguous terms like "persistent vegetative state," giving such terms sufficiently vague, materialistic descriptions, so that they can play god as often as possible.
There are several hilarious set pieces in JUST LIKE HEAVEN, but the early cut we saw still seemed a little disjointed. Even if this problem is fixed, however, JUST LIKE HEAVEN has an abhorrent New Age worldview that mocks Christianity at one point and contains strong occult content. Don't be fooled, therefore, by the movie's compelling scenes of finding true love and its apparent attack on euthanasia.