A Little Bit of Heaven

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a little bit of heavenKevin Bacon is that actor we all loved in Footloose and so many movies the game “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” became part of pop culture.

Director Nicole Kassell thought it would be a good idea to cast him as a child molester in a film (The Woodsman).

So it’s no surprise that she thought a romantic comedy about a woman that has colon cancer would be a crowd pleaser.

Sure, those topics can go together. We all loved 50/50, right?

I like the fact that the script has her falling in love with the doctor giving her the colonoscopy. I’m wondering if she’s dated any of her gynecologists or dentists in the past. I also love the fact that the doctor is named Julian Goldstein – and he is played by the interesting Latino indie film actor Gael Garcia Bernal.

Some critics are going to say his performance was awful. It wasn’t. It was at times awkward, because that’s how the character felt.

I wasn’t thrilled by the casting of Whoopi Goldberg as God.

I had no problem with God being played by George Burns, Morgan Freeman, or Alanis Morissette in previous movies. I just know if I died and saw Whoopi, I’d assume I was in Hell. Listening to her grant three wishes, and knowing we’re going to get some life lessons along the way, can be an eye rolling moment…until it actually plays out.

Two of my current favorite comedic actors have nice roles – Lucy Punch as the best friend and Peter Dinklage as the male escort (who gets a lot of great little people roles).

I thought I’d hate this film, since Kate Hudson is the lead. Her and Drew Barrymore play these free-spirit characters that are dopey. In this, she plays a successful ad agent that perfectly pitches a condom ad to a roomful of stuffy suits.

Kathy Bates and Treat Williams (where has he been?) play Hudson’s parents.

There are some funny moments, and a few charming ones. The cinematography is great, but hey – it’s New Orleans.

The movie had plenty of missteps and was manipulative, but overall it worked. One example of it having powerful moments was the pregnant friend (Rosemarie DeWitt). The way she’s distancing herself from Hudson as she gets sicker – is just heartbreaking. We may not understand why she’s doing this, but we’ve all known somebody that’s been in a similar situation. As a teen working in a fast food restaurant, I remember two managers in their late 20s that were best friends. When one got married and pregnant very soon afterwards, the other was livid. That’s because she had had many miscarriages with her husband. I remember as a 16-year-old, thinking it was odd that she couldn’t even act happy for her best friend.

I could also relate to the romantic scenes where the dog was outside the bedroom whining to get back in.

I was pleasantly surprised to see Romany Malco (Think Like a Man, 40-Year-Old Virgin) in yet another movie.

All I ask is that Hollywood come up with other professions. I’m tired of chefs and ad agencies.

They can also give a rest to scenes that involve characters being uncomfortable when a transsexual tries dancing with them at a club. Let’s get some more originality going people.

This movie was a lot better than the critics are saying. Rating it on a curve with other rom-coms, I have to give it 2 stars out of 5.

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