Heart and Souls (1993)

“Hey, life’s tough. Sometimes you don’t get what you want. Mostly you don’t get what you want. ” – Milo

Number of Times Seen – 2 (Cable in the 90’s and 25 May 2017)

Brief Synopsis – Following a bus accident, four souls are somehow connected to a newborn baby and only he can see and hear them.

My Take on it – I saw this film years ago and promptly forgot all about it.

My good friend SG has been trying to get me to rewatch it for quite some time and only now actually got around to it.

They do a great job of merging the whole idea of Guardian angels with a heartfelt tale of missed opportunities in life.

The cast does a wonderful job, but the four “angels” are superb because they show how different each of them are when helping to create the personality of the child.

Always have loved the quartet of actors playing the angels – Kyra Sedgewick, Tom Sizemore , Alfre Woodard and Charles Grodin.

Elisabeth Shue has a nice part as Downey’s girlfriend.

Obviously tho, Robert Downey Jr. steals the show with his on the mark impersonations of the other characters when he must pretend that they have taken over his body.

His slapstick work like this is truly missed because he used to be able to do these things so often.

I liked how they seem to use some of the ideas presented in Ghost (1990) yet keep them on a fun level the whole time.

This is a film that should have been a bit longer because it would have benefited more had it not felt too rushed towards the end.

Bottom Line – Great job of merging the idea of guardian angels with the feeling of missed opportunities in life.  Excellent cast works so well especially when they need to ignore other characters who are talking or doing something else.  Downey Jr. shows he really can act when he needs to do impressions of the other characters which comes off so well.  A fun idea somewhat based on Ghost (1990) which looks at things from a more comedic viewpoint.  The film might have benefited from a bit longer run time because it feels too rushed towards the end, but still works really well.  Recommended

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Actor Robert Downey Jr. has said of this film at the Robert Downey Jnr Film Guide website: “Ron Underwood really attracted me to Heart and Souls. It’s a character-driven film about sacrifice-the sacrifices people make for one another, and the sacrifice you have to make to find any semblance of bliss. And then there’s Thomas whose head is spinning from the realization that these souls are real, and he’s going to have to bend a little to make room for them … Real fine, San Francisco, lots of money. Probably one of the best times in my life. Good movie … It’s a fun movie, in which I only have to wear one costume. Even my hair stays the same in the whole movie, and the only thing I had to do was act. So that was a piece of cake”.   (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy


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2 thoughts on “Heart and Souls (1993)

  1. Great review, and I’m glad you finally got to remind yourself about this gem. I saw it much younger so it’s got major nostalgia for me, and I love Downey, Jr., and all of the guardian angels.


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