“The likelihood of one individual being right increases in direct proportion to the intensity with which others are trying to prove him wrong.”
A football star (Warren Beatty) taken to heaven prematurely by an overeager angel (Buck Henry) is sent back to Earth to complete his life in the body of a recently murdered millionaire.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Dyan Cannon Films
- Julie Christie Films
- Life After Death
- Plot to Murder
- Romantic Comedy
- Untimely Death
- Warren Beatty Films
Warren Beatty’s directorial debut — a remake of 1941’s Here Comes Mr. Jordan — isn’t quite worthy of its predecessor, but remains an enjoyably loopy romantic comedy. The entire situation defies belief, naturally; but once you allow yourself to accept the basic premise, it’s great fun to watch the likable Beatty trying to take over the burdens of a ruthless, hated millionaire when he really only has one goal in mind: to play in the Superbowl. Best of all, however, is Dyan Cannon as Beatty’s adulterous wife — she shines in some of the movie’s most hilarious moments, and is reason enough to watch this film at least once.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Beatty as the wrongfully killed football star who tries to make the best of his new situation
- Jack Warden as Beatty’s coach — the only one on Earth who knows the truth about his situation
- Dyan Cannon and Charles Grodin as Beatty’s duplicitous wife and her lover
No, but it’s an enjoyable romantic comedy, and recommended for viewing at least once.