Heaven Can Wait
When an angel prematurely takes quarterback Joe Pendleton's soul to heaven after an accident, he must be sent back to earth. With his remains cremated, Joe is put into the body of a multimillionaire whose wife and assistant have just poisoned him.
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- 1979 Golden Globe Awards
- Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture
- Best Actor in a Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Best Motion Picture (Musical or Comedy)
- Top 100 Laughs nominee
- 1979 Academy Award®
PGParental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children.
YesLanguage and sound
French: Dolby Digital Mono, English: Dolby Digital MonoOther features
A nice Paramount title, with an OK widescreen, and English and French sound in mono with French subtitles. The original trailer (which is, bluntly, horrible) is included.
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Common Sense Note
Parents need to know that Heaven Can Wait, an award-winning romantic comedy from 1978, deals with a nonreligious, fantasy afterlife where mistakes are made and worthy characters get do-overs. A timeless story about love, redemption, football, and shady business deals, the movie is contemporary in all but the most mundane details (no cell phones, no Internet, no company bailouts). Action sequences include some brutal football practice scenes as members of the LA Rams attempt to smash an interloper, a scene in which a rifle is used to shoot a central character, and the sounds of a fatal car accident that occurs off camera. Infidelity plays an important part in the story, and there is occasional profanity ("ass," "s--t," "hell," "son of a bitch," and "bastard"). Characters engage in social drinking, with one woman using alcohol to calm her anxiety. The central character's playful innocence and integrity, as well as identity switches and the charm of the attending love story, make this film ideal for mature tweens and teens. Great for a family movie night.
- Sexual Content
- Infidelity is core story element. Couple shown in bed in several scenes. One loving kiss. One woman wears revealing clothing.
- Several scenes show hard-hitting football practice, games. Comic character wielding long-range rifle shoots a man.
- Occasional profanity: "son of a bitch," "s--t," "ass," "bastard," "goddamn," "crap," "hello." One ethnic slur: "Arab."
- Social Behavior
- Values promoted: honesty, integrity, and determination. Good deeds are rewarded; evil is punished. Fairy tale outcome: True love and unconditional friendship will transcend all challenges.
- Coca-Cola, Riddell helmets. Story features the Los Angeles Rams.
- Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol
- Social drinking (wine, champagne). One character frequently requests a drink. Cigar smoking.
- Age appropriate
- Not an issue
- Depends on your kid and your family
- Not appropriate for kids of the age most likely to want to see it