Film: Heart and Souls

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Heart and Souls

Director: Ron Underwood
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Distributor: Universal Studios

Robert Downey Jr. has never been more charming than in this comedy about a yuppie who is revisited in adulthood by the spirits of four people who had been his friends as a child. The ghosts (Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Tom Sizemore) all have unfinished business in this world before they can move on to the next, and Downey’s character agrees to let them inhabit his body while they sort it all out. The appealing cast alone strongly recommends this movie, but Downey’s remarkable facility for physical comedy—manifesting the personalities of his…

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Robert Downey Jr. has never been more charming than in this comedy about a yuppie who is revisited in adulthood by the spirits of four people who had been his friends as a child. The ghosts (Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Tom Sizemore) all have unfinished business in this world before they can move on to the next, and Downey’s character agrees to let them inhabit his body while they sort it all out. The appealing cast alone strongly recommends this movie, but Downey’s remarkable facility for physical comedy—manifesting the personalities of his supernatural pals as they possess him—is a riot. Elisabeth Shue makes the best of her part as the hero’s girlfriend; Leaving Las Vegas was still ahead of her, but one can see her talent straining to get out here. The DVD release has a widescreen presentation, production notes, theatrical trailer, biographies of the cast, closed captioning, an optional French soundtrack and Spanish subtitles, and Dolby sound. —Tom Keogh

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