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A Little Bit of Heaven (2011 film)

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Director  Nicole Kassell
Music director  Heitor Pereira
Country  United States
6.2/10 IMDb

Genre  Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
Initial DVD release  October 5, 2011 (Finland)
Writer  Gren Wells
Language  English
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Release date  February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) (United Kingdom) May 4, 2012 (2012-05-04) (United States)
Initial release  February 4, 2011 (Republic of Ireland)
Cast  Kate Hudson (Marley Corbett), Gael García Bernal (Julian Goldstein), Romany Malco (Peter Cooper), Kathy Bates (Beverly Corbett), Lucy Punch (Sarah Walker), Whoopi Goldberg (God)
Similar movies  Big, Kafka, Voice from the Grave, Runaway, Drag Me to Hell
Tagline  Life starts now.

A Little Bit of Heaven (formerly titled Earthbound) is a 2011 romantic comedy directed by Nicole Kassell and starring Kate Hudson and Gael García Bernal.


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Marley Corbett (Kate Hudson) is a quickwitted, carefree ad executive living in New Orleans, who embraces her easy going attitude, shuns any major responsibilities, and gains support and strength from a close circle of friends. She also enjoys casual dating and refuses to fall in love. One day, after an appointment, she is told by Dr. Julian Goldstein (Gael García Bernal) that she has terminal cancer. He is deeply impressed by the way Marley accepts the news with humour and dignity. While under anesthetic, God (Whoopi Goldberg) appears to Marley in heaven and asks her to make three wishes. She chooses to fly, to win a million dollars (not tax free), and a third that is later revealed.

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Marley tells her friends the news, including her parents who separated years earlier and don't speak now. Her mother (Kathy Bates) is persistent and overbearing, and instantly begins to smother Marley by visiting too often and making her meals to keep her strength up. Marley's father (Treat Williams) is the opposite; distant and reserved, and doesn't seem bothered with reconnecting with Marley with the time she has left. While driving through town one morning, Marley and her friend Sarah (Lucy Punch) decide to take part in a radio call game where the 97th caller wins a prize. They get through and Marley is told she's won flying lessons - her first wish granted. Her other friend Renee (Rosemarie DeWitt) is pregnant with her second child.

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As the weeks go by, Marley's health starts to deteriorate and she visits Julian more and more. One night, they see each other at a band night at their local bar and decide to spend the rest of the night by going on a date. They start to develop feelings for one another.

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Marley tells her boss about the cancer and he asks her about her life insurance plans, since their company has a policy that anybody who has a life-threatening illness can cash out, gaining a million dollars ($500,000 dollars after tax) instantly - her second wish.

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After another date, Marley and Julian sleep together and begin a relationship. However, she soon starts to feel dismayed when she comes to the realisation that they won't have a future together, and flees quickly one morning before he wakes. That afternoon, they argue in the park and Marley breaks it off. She becomes distant from and jealous of her friends who are all going through positive changes. After visiting heaven in her dreams for a second time, God makes her realise that she needs to cherish what she has while she's still alive and, for the first time, Marley admits to being in love. Later that day, she visits Julian to rekindle their relationship, apologizes to the friends she has pushed away and even makes peace with her father.

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At home over the following weeks, Marley is able to do nothing but lie in bed, and starts focusing on all of the things she is going to miss. She writes cards for special occasions she won't be around for in the future and writes letters to her loved ones, giving them all to her mother for her to give out at the right times.

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One morning, Marley and Sarah sit in the park. Marley confesses to Sarah that she is no longer afraid to die, even though Sarah is terrified at the prospect of having to live without her. Marley drifts off and Sarah is unable to wake her. Knowing it's almost time, Marley is visited by everyone in the hospital who surround her bed and wait with her until the end. The exception is Renee, who is in labor with her son. Julian makes it in the nick of time to say goodbye and, in that final moment, Marley realizes her third wish was to fall in love. The film ends with Marley's funeral, a colorful celebration of her life with all of her friends and family.


  • Kate Hudson as Marley Corbett
  • Gael García Bernal as Julian Goldstein
  • Kathy Bates as Beverly Corbett
  • Lucy Punch as Sarah Walker
  • Rosemarie DeWitt as Renee Blair
  • Whoopi Goldberg as God
  • Peter Dinklage as Vinnie
  • Romany Malco as Peter Cooper
  • Johann Urb as Doug
  • Reception

    The film got extremely negative reviews from critics. Rotten Tomatoes gives a score of 4% based on 52 reviews.


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