Friday, May 4, 2012
A Little Bit of Heaven
Warning! A Little Bit of Heaven will make you cry. Kate Hudson who plays Marley, is a single marketer who also fears love. Thankfully, she is surrounded by supportive friends. Otherwise, the life she leads will be a destructive one. Why you may ask? Well, she's a bit (ok, not just a bit) of an emotionally selfish one, which I will explain later. The screen develops as she finds out she had colon cancer. Of course, we all know what that means? Time to be frivolous and PARTAY!
In the mist of a colonoscopy, she had a brief encounter with God, played by Whoopi who granted her three wishes. Wasting no time, she wished for flying and a million bucks. Kicking in here with my analytical skills, I believe her choice of flying, indicates her thrill seeking personality. Once she dies, she can never feel anymore. Her choice of money is just a tool to buy her happiness. By the way, her wish was granted through life insurance. It wasn't a miracle. She then took her friends to get some Gucci and Pucci, which seems a bit odd to me that her friends are into expensive memoralbilias. I don't know about you, but I don't like keeping expensive bad clutter. Oops, I meant bad memories. She just had to traumatize her loved one just to make sure she never gets forgotten. But it was a mix bag of reactions, so I guess to each their own.
Her doctor played by Gael Garcia Bernal of course had to fall in love with her. For what he lacks, he finds it in Marley, which is humor and excitement. Marley had taken him to a transvestite bar and taught him to be less robotic because doctors are just plain boring (SARCASM!).
Now for the positive, Marley gets a midget escort for the night. It was just a joke from her friend, but Marley wasn't shaken up. She owns her friend by faking up a sex scene. The friend had a WTF look on his face. It was priceless. We now know what makes Marley happy. She needs the control. The last laugh is hers. Not so fun as her friend, but it sure was funny looking from outside in.
As she gets closer and closer to her death bed, she gets more and more frustrated and everything that came out of her mouth was just plain nasty. Trust me, you'd want to kill her. She'd make a sore loser who would take anyone and everyone with her to her grave. She committed a BUI which means, anyone unlucky enough to be around her is going to suffer. She just enjoys screwing with people's emotions. Unfairly, she only got hit in the head and gets a second visit from God. I'd send her to hell if you'd ask me. But, as she thought her life had ended, she began to regret leaving with unreconciled relationships. She didn't die (sadly), but she did deliver her third wish. She wished for love. It's probably the most humanistic side you will ever see in her. At least she wasn't an absolute dead cause.
My husband tossed over a kleenex as I un-shamefully started whipping off my tears and soaked it with tons of snot and tears because all the apology scenes were hella emotional. I had to take the time to think about why I reacted the way I did. The hubby enlightened me that people who strive to live (in this case, the emotionally selfish ones) are full of life. When they die, it's just a bummer that life is just so freaken fragile and beyond our control. I guess it's almost like assholes have a very low base line, and it doesn't take much for anyone to like them once they offer the tiniest amount of kindness. Not the most best message to send out there, but that's life for yah. BTW, if you are looking for a good message from this movie, I'd say forget about it. It's more of a movie that reinforces bad behavior, but without a doubt, this movie is relatable. I wouldn't go as far as hating this movie. In fact, I think it's quite great. Just make sure you have a strong heart. Probably wouldn't be that great as Marley's friend though. So to conclude this movie, she finally passed away. She died with a party, which is much played out in TV shows that I just cannot regurgitate the name of. Please leave comments below if you got that one figured out. Thanks!
I'd say, this is more of an experience type of movie. Make sure you grab enough toilet paper to wipe down those tears. It's interesting that this movie left me more sad than happy. Why would a person pay for a movie just to be sad? Maybe it's another one of those to movies created for actors/actress for an Oscar nominee. I wouldn't really call it my form of entertainment balling on a Friday night. I think this movie is powerful, but not one to re-watch for the second time. At least I watched it for free.
Posted by Tars Tarkas at 1:52 PM