Bil’s rating (out of 5): BB.5.
USA, 1987. Touchstone Pictures, Silver Screen Partners III. Screenplay by Cinematography by Produced by Frank Perry. Music by William Goldstein. Production Design by Edward Pisoni. Costume Design by Ruth Morley. Film Editing by Peter C. Frank, Trudy Ship.
Poor Shelley Long left Cheers in search of a film career and, outside of Outrageous Fortune, found little to suit her ample comedic and/or dramatic talents. This sophomoric comedy features her as a suburban housewife who chokes to death on a Korean chicken ball but thankfully has a magically gifted sister (Judith Ivey) who brings her back to life. Her return to earth happens about a year after her demise, and in that time her husband (Corbin Bernsen) has gotten remarried to a rich socialite and seems to not have mourned his wife one bit. Now Long must re-examine her life while also dealing with what she’s going to do now that she’s alive when all official government documentation has her as being deceased. Delightful idea that could have been something of a Peggy Sue Got Resurrected, but instead concentrates on simplistic humour and its gimmicky plot instead of character development or its actors’ talents. Long is wonderfully willing to go the distance, but no one around her seems to be trying to live up to her intended standards.