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Release Date: September 16, 2005

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Mark Ruffalo, Donal Logue, Jon Heder, Dina Waters, and Ben Shenkman

Genre: Romantic Comedy

Audience: Teenagers and adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: TBD

Distributor: DreamWorks

Director: Mark Waters

Executive Producer: None

Producer: Laurie MacDonald and Walter F. Parkes

Writer: Leslie Dixon and Peter Tolan

Address Comments To:

David Geffen, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Steven Spielberg
DreamWorks SKG
1000 Flower Street
Glendale, CA 91201
Phone: (818) 695-5000
Website: www.dreamworks.com

Content:

(PaPaPa, OO, Ab, B, LLL, V, S, N, AA, M) Very strong New Age pagan worldview and romantic destiny, with strong occult content, includes talking to apparent ghost and disembodied spirit, trying to banish spirit through occult means, disembodied spirit appears to possess another person's body and control it, visits to New Age occult bookstore, psychic New Age man gives advice and appears knowledgeable, New Age connections between man and disembodied spirit, and premonitions, and movie mocks Catholic priest conducting exorcism ritual with Holy Water and screaming "Christ compels you!," to no effect, as well as movie (apparently unintentionally) takes a moral stand against killing people who are in comas, but still appears to leave it up to the individual to decide whether to commit suicide or not by "pulling the plug"; 13 obscenities, one strong profanity and 17 light profanities; mostly comic violence, including man has to do a small operation to save another man's life while getting instructions from a disembodied spirit that used to be a doctor, man struggles to drink whiskey because spirit is trying to stop him, implied vehicle crash, man struggles to save woman's life while people hold him back, and woman with large knife comically threatens man whom she thinks is crazy; light sexual innuendo, including references to fornication, man lies down on bed with disembodied spirit, kissing, and talk about being chaste and not having any dates; brief upper and rear male nudity; alcohol use to excess and young man in hospital appears to be stoned on alcohol or worse; and, euthanasia seems to be rebuked, man performs a small operation without a medical license, a mysterious wind magically keeps blowing a rental notice onto man's leg, and men try to steal a body.

Summary:

JUST LIKE HEAVEN is a New Age romantic comedy about a despondent widower who starts falling in love with the disembodied spirit of a beautiful woman who may or may not be dead. JUST LIKE HEAVEN is often hilarious, if disjointed, but it has an abhorrent New Age worldview that mocks Christianity at one point and contains strong occult content.

Review:

JUST LIKE HEAVEN is a New Age romantic comedy. Reese Witherspoon stars as Elizabeth, a workaholic medical intern driving in her car, which suddenly gets hit by an oncoming truck. Some time later, David, a recently widowed young man, magically happens to rent Elizabeth's furnished apartment.

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.

In Brief:

JUST LIKE HEAVEN stars Reese Witherspoon as Elizabeth, a workaholic medical intern driving in her car, which suddenly gets hit by an oncoming truck. Some time later, David, a recently widowed young man, magically rents Elizabeth's furnished apartment. 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. 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.