Romantic comedies rely upon the likeability of its main characters and the chemistry between them. I do not think there are many more appealing actors than Reese Witherspoon and Mark Ruffalo and they demonstrate great chemistry in this film. Now most romantic comedies involve that we the viewer occasionally suspend reality during the course of the film. Most films of this genre follow a familiar storyline – boy meets girl, boy and girl do not get along or life does not allow them to hook up initially and then the happily-ever-after stuff happens. Well, this movie does not break any new ground, but it does manage to place enough original moments within the film to keep us from groaning too much and keeps us interested. Both lead actors show a definite touch for comedy and most of it really works. This definitely is a fun film, but there are also a few serious/touching moments within it. Director Mark Waters (Mean Girls and Freaky Friday) has allowed his actors to really shine in this film, but has also provided us with some beautifully shots of San Francisco's skyline and several gardens. An added bonus is that the soundtrack of the film is quite good. This is a case of a film with a decent story made better by the two lead actors.
Elizabeth Masterson (Reese Witherspoon – Vanity Fair and Legally Blonde) is a medical resident at a San Francisco hospital. Her whole life is her work; she loves her work, but has no life outside of it. Elizabeth is driving to her sister Abby's (Dina Spybey – Striptease and John Q) for dinner just after finding out she has been chosen for a permanent position at the hospital and she gets into a car accident. Next we meet David Abbott (Mark Ruffalo – 13 Going On 30 and Collateral) who is apartment hunting, without much luck, with his agent (Caroline Aaron – Working Girl and Edward Scissorhands). Seemingly by fate, he discovers a gorgeous apartment that is available for short term sublet. He takes it and moves in. David is a reclusive couch potato who spends most of his time watching television and drinking beer. His friend Jack (Donal Logue – American Splendor and The Patriot), who is a psychologist, tries to get him back out into society, but is unsuccessful.
One evening in the apartment David comes face to face with Elizabeth, who claims that the apartment is hers and he must get out. After much arguing, Elizabeth disappears just as suddenly as she appears. The next morning David catches a glimpse of Elizabeth in his bathroom mirror. He is really freaked out and tells Jack that he is seeing and talking to a woman who is not really there. David and Jack try to pass it off as a side effect of David's alcohol consumption. This explanation does not seem too convincing when David begins to see Elizabeth again and again. During one of their arguments, David realizes that Elizabeth is a spirit (she cannot pick up anything or touch him). After convincing proof that she must be a spirit, Elizabeth accepts that she is not a regular human form and begins to wonder why she cannot remember any details about her life. David decides that he must try and get rid of Elizabeth. After an exorcism and ghost busters do not rid the apartment of her, David consults Darryl (Jon Heder – Napoleon Dynamite), who owns an occult bookstore and can feel the presence of the dead, for hints on how to get rid of Elizabeth and Darryl tells David that Elizabeth is the strongest spirit he has ever felt; it is as if she is not really dead. David and Elizabeth begin to try and piece together who Elizabeth really is or was.
Special DVD Features:
-Making Of the film
-Meet the cast