Movie-a-Day Challenge: Heart and Souls

Heart and souls movie posterThis post is part of my movie-a-day challenge in which I will watch a film every day for 365 days. Today is Day 231! You can see all the posts for this challenge HERE. To see the original Movie-a-Day Challenge post, click HERE.

Hey friends!

So, I finally got around to watching “Heart and Souls,” a gem from 1993 directed by Ron Underwood, and, oh boy, am I glad I did! Picture this: it’s a rainy day, I’m flipping through my to-watch queue, and there it is. I’ve heard bits and pieces about it, but never actually saw it until now. And can we talk about Robert Downy Jr.? Absolutely phenomenal in this!

The movie kicks off with a bus accident in 1959 San Francisco that intertwines the fate of four souls with a newborn baby, Thomas Reilly (played by Downey Jr.). These souls become sort of accidental guardian angels to him, invisible to everyone but Thomas. The setup is as quirky as it sounds, and it only gets better. Imagine growing up with four invisible friends who teach you life lessons, sing with you (the rendition of “Walk Like a Man” is hilariously adorable), and then—poof!—disappear when you need them most. Yep, at the ripe age of seven, Thomas is left to navigate the world solo because…well….I can’t tell you because no spoilers, right?

Flash forward to Thomas as a grown-up—a cutthroat businessman with a skewed moral compass. It’s classic Downey Jr., mixing charm with a hint of chaos. The return of his old ghost pals throws him for a loop. They’ve got unfinished business, and guess who’s roped into helping them? That’s right, our guy Thomas. Each ghost’s story tugs at different heartstrings. There’s Harrison, the would-be singer; Penny, the loving mother; Julia, the heartbroken cocktail waitress; and Milo, the thief with a golden heart. Their antics to resolve their unfinished issues through Thomas are as touching as they are funny.

What I loved about this flick is its heart. Yes, it’s a comedy about ghosts and a guy who talks to himself a lot, but it’s also about redemption, connection, and finding closure. It’s a movie that doesn’t just aim for laughs but also packs an emotional punch that hits just right.

Now, I’m not gonna lie, there are a few plot points that might seem a little far-fetched, but who cares? It’s a movie about ghosts, after all! Just suspend your disbelief and enjoy the ride.

So yeah, “Heart and Souls” is a delightful adventure with a supernatural twist that’s definitely worth a watch, especially if you’re in the mood for something light yet meaningful. Robert Downey Jr. nails it, the ghosts will have you giggling and maybe even tearing up a bit, and the ending is the sweet kind of satisfying. So, if you haven’t already, give it a go, you won’t regret it!


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