Screening Room: A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN

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(KTSF by Sean Au)

An irreverent young woman finds out that she does not have much time to live. How will she make the best use of the limited time that she has left?

Marley (Kate Hudson), a happy-go-lucky account executive at an advertising firm, is never one to be tied down. Only to a few close friends does she reveals her true emotions. However, being diagnosed with final stage colon cancer changes all of this. Marley is forced to reconciliate with her parents and starts to bid farewell to her friends when a last ditch effort to treat her cancer fails . Despite being known as a commitment phobe, she allows herself to fall for her doctor, Julian (Gael Garcia Bernal), possibly falling in love for the first time.

A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN uses humor to delve into the difficult topic of death and how death changes one’s world view. There appears to be a positive message about death, of how it may change one’s relationships for the better. There are a couple of scenes about Marley’s serious interaction with her parents that woeks really well. However, death takes on a trivial look here, especially her meetings with God. The sudden change of how Marley changes her ways also seems contrived.

Despite her effort, Kate Hudson fails to connect with the audience with the flawed material. Both she and Gael Garcia Bernal look great for the camera, but there exists no chemistry. Unfortunately, I am one of those who wish for the movie to end fast, even if it means the demise of the main protagonist in this movie.

Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.

Video courtesy of Millennium Entertainment.

(Copyright 2012 KTSF. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.)

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