Heaven Can Wait
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Opting for light entertainment after the critical satire of Shampoo (1975), producer-director-writer-star Warren Beatty remade the 1941 comic fantasy Here Comes Mr. Jordan. Dimly amiable L.A. Rams quarterback Joe Pendleton (Beatty) is prematurely called to Heaven by an over-eager escort (Buck Henry, who co-directed) after a traffic accident. When archangel Mr. Jordan (James Mason) discovers the error, he offers to return Joe to his body, only to find that it has been cremated. On the verge of playing in the Super Bowl, Joe demands a fit body rather than the old about-to-be-murdered… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 88%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"[The film] has everything going for it: big laughs, populist politics, billowy sequences set in heaven, a murder plot, a climactic Super Bowl game, a supporting cast of choice comic actors, and best of all, a touching (but PG) romance."
‑ Frank Rich, TIME Magazine
"The film drags its feet uncertainly from beginning to end."
‑ Derek Adams, Time Out
"This updated version of the 1941 film Here Comes Mr Jordan is one of the few remakes that is almost as good as the original."
‑ Joanna Berry, Radio Times
"Frivolous and amusing in spots."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Heaven Can Wait shines in almost every department: it in one of those rare movies that deserves to be seen again and again."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"Heaven Can Wait is an outstanding film."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"There's nothing worse than a pushy narrative."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Supremely produced, this whimsical romantic comedy served as star vehicle for Julie Christie and especially Warren Beatty, who made an impressive co-directing debut with Buck Henry; the film deservedly won the Oscar for Art Direction."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"A comedy classic.....if you've never seen it, you have to ask yourself...why?"
‑ Clint Morris, Moviehole
"Unnecessary, charmless remake of Here Comes Mr.Jordan."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's certainly likable enough and was a big hit when it came out, but one could hardly call it an auspicious artistic debut -- a crafty commercial entertainment with a certain amount of intelligence is more like it."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"This is the kind of upbeat screwball comedy Hollywood used to do smoothly and well."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"There are a few laughs from Grodin and Cannon, but Beatty and Christie are like 400-pound gorillas chasing a milkweed seed."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"A really enjoyable high concept comedy; better than the 2000 remake!"
‑ Edward Douglas, ComingSoon.net
"God, how I love this movie."
‑ Jeffrey Westhoff, Northwest Herald (Crystal Lake, IL)
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