Kate Hudson is in a serious romantic comedy rut. I stuck with her through “How To Lose A Guy in 10 Days,” and “Bride Wars,” and “You, Me and Dupree” which—admit it—isn’t all that terrible to watch when it comes on USA on a Sunday afternoon. But when I saw the above preview for Hudson’s latest, “A Little Bit of Heaven,” I was concerned. I mean, the woman once nominated for an Oscar for her portrayal of Penny Lane has sunk to the level of a flick about a mean girl who gets cancer, but falls in love with her doctor as she gets treatment?
However, I couldn’t have imagined just how bad the reviews for this film would be. I mean, every review I’ve read so far has been scathing. Here is a sampling.
Hollywood Chicago gave it a rating of 1 out of 5:
“Kate Hudson portrays a dying woman in ‘A Little Bit of Heaven,’ and the film is so annoying that her extinguishment can’t come fast enough. The film insults both living and dying, and virtually everything in between, and brings along Lucy Punch, Kathy Bates, Gael Garciá Bernal, Peter Dinklage and Whoopi Goldberg for the funeral … This is one of those films when on your deathbed, you’ll wish you had the 106 minutes back to do something more productive.”
The New York Daily News says:
“Kate Hudson goes through the five stages of rom-dramedy grief — I-will-survive perky; shop-till-you-drop denial; I-need-a-makeover anger; walk-in-the-rain pouty; bop-to-the-pop acceptance — in ‘A Little Bit of Heaven,’ which is a little bit of hell … [Her character] can muster the strength to go on dates mainly because her disease manifests itself through the wearing of ever-bigger and fuzzier angora sweaters.”
And The Hollywood Reporter concurs:
“Kate Hudson is a free-spirited woman (does she play any other kind?) dying from ‘ass cancer’ in ‘A Little Bit of Heaven,’ an awkward mixture of melodrama and whimsical romantic comedy that should make the briefest of appearances in theaters before, like its main character, moving on to other planes. It might serve a valuable purpose if it at least prompts viewers to finally schedule those long delayed colonoscopies.”
All I can say is … yowch. Here’s hoping Hudson’s next role is something a little less anger-inducing.