Heart and Souls
was an August-dump movie in the summer of 1993. The critics of the day pretty roundly trashed it, and it only made about $16 million, but it was also Robert Downey Jr.'s first movie after his Oscar nomination for Chaplin. I had been so moved and enchanted by that performance that I gamely bought a ticket to see his new film. It has a pretty complicated plot and it's very definitely an attempt to replicate some Capra feelgood schmaltz, but for me it worked.

It begins in the 1950s when four different people -- all with unfinished issues -- board a bus. The bus gets into an accident with a car that's headed on the way to a hospital, carrying a pregnant mother. Due to some unexplained divine intervention, the four new ghosts (Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick and Tom Sizemore) are assigned to look after the newborn boy, Thomas Reilly. No one knows why they're there. He can see them and talk to them, but no one else can. After a while, Thomas gets into trouble because of his "imaginary friends" and the ghosts decide to disappear.
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