With Freaky Friday and Mean Girls, Mark Waters quickly made a career out of elevating cutesy teen flicks into smart, crowd-pleasing hits. Now the onetime indie director is moving into more adult fare with a supernatural love story adapted from a best-selling 2000 French novel. ”Most romantic comedies have the lamest obstacles,” he says. ”It’s always ‘You lied to me!’ That’s not an obstacle. A man falling in love with a woman who’s stuck between Earth and the afterlife? That’s a doozy.”
Especially when the ghost-at-large is a workaholic twenty-something doctor (Reese Witherspoon) unaware that she might be dead. ”Within the first 10 minutes of the movie, she gets into a car wreck — but she doesn’t know anything has happened,” says Witherspoon. ”She goes back to her apartment as if nothing’s changed, which makes for a lot of interesting moments.” Particularly for the bewildered tenant (Mark Ruffalo) currently renting her pad. ”It’s a little Odd Couple, a little Ghost,” says Witherspoon, ”but with a great twist at the end that we can’t talk about.”
Well, gosh, at least we can reveal that Napoleon Dynamite’s Jon Heder has a supporting role — minus the carrot ‘fro — as a wacky psychic hired to help out. ”He’s our Whoopi,” says Witherspoon. ”He pretty much steals the show.” Sa-weet!