A viewing of Nicole Kassell‘s A Little Bit of Heaven, which Millenium is offering theatrically and VOD on 5.4.12, is, I would suppose, necessary to fully comprehend the ongoing career suicide of Kate Hudson. It opened theatrically in England a little more than a year ago.

In and of itself, any romantic confection that casts Gael Garcia Bernal as a character named “Dr. Goldstein” needs to be taken out behind the shed, tied to a fencepost and ass-whipped with a leather strap.

Wiki synopsis: “Marley Corbett (Hudson), a carefree woman with a promising career, great friends, and witty sense of humor, learns that she has terminal cancer. She is told the news by Dr. Goldstein (Bernal), a successful doctor with a hardened exterior, who is deeply impressed and affected by the way Marley accepts the news of her fate with humor and dignity. From there, Marley and Julian find themselves falling in love, and doing their best to make the most of the time they have left.”

Some of the Rotten Tomato quotes are hilarious:

“This film is one long biopsy of pure horror: the tumours of sentimentality and bad acting metastasise everywhere, and Bernal, in particular, is horrendously bad.” — Peter Bradshaw, Guardian.

“I had no idea colon cancer was so much fun! It is so fantastic to be dying! Call it the Ass Cancer Life Plan. Every modern girl needs it.” — MaryAnn Johanson, Flick Filosopher.

“Rest assured I’m not going to give the game away as to whether Marley beats the disease. But given the movie’s set in New Orleans — a place famous for its funerals — I wouldn’t hold your breath.” — Robbie Collin, News of the World.