Friday, May 18, 2012
I saw the PFS preview screening of A Little Bit of Heaven weeks ago and was waiting to post my thoughts, once there was a bit of talk or buzz about the movie, but I don't think that's going to happen.
True, the movie is a candidate for straight to video; but on that level it has merit. Much less frothy than some of Kate Hudson's other fare such as: Bride Wars, My Best Friend's Girl or You, Me and Dupree, A Little Bit of Heaven is basically the female equivalent of Joseph Gordon Levitt's 50/50.
Marley Corbett, while under anesthesia for a colonoscopy, is told by God (Whoopi Goldberg) that she's dying and has 3 wishes. Okay, that part's a bit hokey, but Hudson dealing with work, family, friends and finally falling in love, all while delivering her swan song, is, for the most part, touching and funny.
The movie is set in New Orleans, which was the location for Hudson's little known film The Skeleton Key, which I rather liked. Director Nicole Kassell (The Woodsman) makes good use of the locale for this film without making mention of the city.
Anyone with the misfortune of going through colon cancer will probably find all manner of inconsistencies in this movie. Anyone looking for a profound, tight script with good pacing, won't find it here; but at the same time, I dare you to leave the theater (or end your streaming) without being moved to tears.
On a side note: Why has The Almighty been portrayed by Morgan Freeman and Whoopi Goldberg; when it's men that look like Michael Douglas and Donald Sutherland who rule the world? Interesting...
On a side, side note: Marley Corbett has never been in love until she falls for her doctor (Gael García Bernal), not to jinx myself, but I can picture this being my fate too - finally find someone, right before checking out.
Hint Hint... Any readers know a nice guy? Accepting set-ups.