‘1 Man 365 Films 365 Days’ – Day 38

#30 / 365 – ‘A Little Bit Of Heaven’ – 106 mins
Cinema Challenge #12 / 115

Marley (Kate Hudson) is a fun-loving girl with a great job, brilliant friends and a wicked sense of humour. A committed singleton who likes to keep things casual. But when she’s diagnosed with cancer, she unexpectedly meets the man of her dreams, her doctor Julian (Gael Garcia Bernal, ‘Babel’). So after some soul-searching and a few deep and meaningful conversations with God (Whoopi Goldberg), she decides that if she can face cancer, she can certainly play the love game.

After making a surprise detour into the very dark and unsettling “The Killer Inside Me” last year, Kate Hudson hops straight back onto the rom-com wagon that she has been typecast for. But the script, which lurches between comedy, domestic drama, tears and romance, can never really find an even balance.

The so-called romance on display here between Marley and Julian is simply non-existent, resulting in very little believable chemistry between the pair, which is very much the fault of Gael Garcia Bernal who just appears sorely out-of-place and stiff in every scene he is in.

The film’s genuinely funny moment and for quirkiness value comes via Vinnie, a dwarf gigolo who entertains Marley for an evening. Overall and despite some moments of real charm the story never ultimately settles down enough to completely engage.

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