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A mildly successful 2005 romantic comedy, actually based on a novel, in which a troubled alcoholic (Mark Ruffalo) moves into an apartment with a less-than-solid woman (Reese Witherspoon). He thinks she's dead. She insists she isn't. Hilarity Ensues.


Contains the following tropes:

  • Adaptation Expansion: The original novel ends with Lauren (renamed Elizabeth for the film) waking up from the coma with no memory of her time as a ghost. The film added an extra scene where Elizabeth and David meet again on the roof of the apartment, she remembers everything, and they kiss. Awww.
  • An Astral Projection, Not a Ghost: Turns out Elizabeth is actually in a coma rather than dead.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Starts cropping up in the second half of the movie, especially in the second encounter with Darryl.
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  • Blind Date: How David and Elizabeth were supposed to meet.
  • Casting Gag : Rosalind Chao is Elizabeth's mentor at the hospital. Chao played Pei-Pei in Freaky Friday (2003). During the "exorcism montage," we see...Pei-Pei's mother (Lucille Soong).
  • Converse with the Unconscious: David appears to be doing this, but he's actually talking to Elizabeth's spirit. Also Elizabeth's sister and nieces.
  • Cute Ghost Girl: Elizabeth, who's both sexy and dead... or at least, she seems to be dead.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: David's whole life after his wife's death.
  • Fantastic Romance: Between a living person and a supposed ghost.
  • The First Cut Is the Deepest: David and his first wife - her death is what's keeping him from forming any new relationships. Elizabeth thinks it's because he can't get over being dumped, and mocks him over it until she finds out the truth.
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  • Florence Nightingale Effect: Not on David, but Elizabeth gets marriage proposals from one of her patients.
  • "Friends" Rent Control : David doesn't appear to do much of anything but drink, yet he can afford (even as a sublet) a large one-bedroom with an astounding view, in San Francisco.
    • Then again he used to design gardens for the rich so maybe he just had a lot of savings. What's more surprising is that medical intern Elizabeth could afford it.
  • Ghost Amnesia: As a spirit, Elizabeth had trouble remembering her past life. Similarly, when she awakens, she can't remember her time with David at first.
  • Hospital Hottie: Elizabeth (being a young emergency medicine physician), her mentor, and most of the rest of the staff.
  • Innocent Cohabitation: Perfectly chaste, as Elizabeth and David can't even touch if they wanted to. David even wears a swimsuit to shower in case Elizabeth pops up unexpectedly.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Elizabeth is a bit of an aversion, as she fulfills much the same role in the plot, but is actually the subdued and responsible force in David's life, in contrast to his wild friend Jack.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Katrina. Elizabeth even says about her that "I mean, I guess she's sexy if you're into that whole tall, big boobs, long legs, model-y sort of thing. I guess if you wanna be that guy."
  • The Mourning After: David, so hard - it takes Elizabeth's help for him to get over his late wife.
  • Not Quite Dead: Elizabeth. She's just comatose and is projecting her spirit from her body.
  • Non-Human Lover Reveal: In reverse (David knows she's a spirit before they actually fall in love) and subverted as it turns out Elizabeth is in coma all along.
  • Now or Never Kiss: The climax. Elizabeth's family is preparing to take her off life support, and David kisses her comatose body since he knows it'll be the only chance they have. It turns out to be what wakes her up.
  • The Power of Love: Heavily implied to be the cause of the movie's events.
  • The Reveal: Elizabeth is actually in a coma. Also, Jack is JJ, Elizabeth's sister's old beau.
  • Shout-Out: Who you gonna call?
  • Troubled, but Cute: David, a hot guy in mourning for his late wife.
  • True Love's Kiss: How Elizabeth wakes up from the coma.
  • Workaholic: Elizabeth. Work is her life, and it's her sister's efforts to get her to think of more than work (like romance) that leads to her being in her accident that kicks off the plot of the film.

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