The Universe and Me

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Go lightly from the ledge, babe

Movie: Just Like Heaven. Adapted from the French novel If Only It Were True. Starring the always cute Reese Witherspoon as an overachieving doctor who’s not quite dead and Mark Ruffalo as the depressed, gruff big lug who’s had his heart broken and needs to help her to help himself. Recipe for a winning romantic comedy. Add a sister played by the director’s wife, Dina Waters, who was remarkably funny (“Who put SpongeBob in the lasagna?”) in addition to poignant and reminded me a lot of Cindy Williams (aka Shirley from Laverne and.) Jon Heder as the somber yet hysterical new age bookstore guru was wonderful or “righteous” as well. I appreciated hearing The Cure’s version of the title song at the end, but not the Katie Melua cover version at the beginning. Can’t we make a law forbidding anyone to cover any song, like ever? I heard a countrified version of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me Babe” the other day and nearly had a brain aneurism.


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