One of my Sunday afternoon guilty pleasures, probably due to my falling in love with Julie Christie when it was released. It has the feel of a vanity project but there are some nice touches, even a little bit of heft thanks to a typically sensitive performance from Warden. In fact all the supporting performances are good (Grodin excellent) so Beatty can get away with being the least charismatic person on the screen.
Dated, daft & quite dull. The story itself is a fine premise, Beatty returning from the dead to find maybe he was missing the point all his life, but the execution is a slack & sloppy affair that lacks any propulsion. Beatty & Christie for all their charisma & beauty shuffle around each other like a couple of coat stands. There's some light humour but the whole film feels cheap & ill-conceived.
An enjoyable, fairly light film that doesn't go after redemption or second chances as its premise could suggest. It takes a while to find its rhythm but eventually settles into being funny and occassionally touching. Charles Grodin's performance steals the show. Very nice score.
Decidedly average comedy that really doesn't do justice to 'Here Comes Mr Jordan' of which it is a remake. Truthfully Warren Beatty didn't have the talent to carry such a film, hope he asked James Mason for some acting lessons. Funniest thing in this film was Dyan Cannon's bedroom decor.
Heaven Can Wait is yet another offbeat entry into Beatty's canon. It might not have the sense of urgency seen in Shampoo, the social consciousness of Bullworth or even the liberation values propelled by Bonnie and Clyde, but it stands on its own by breaking rom-com conventions and offering entertaining thoughts about life and death. A great cast helps cinch it.