My children loved this movie the first time they saw it, and each time it's on the Disney Channel, they clamour to see it again. They are now 8 and 11, a boy and a girl, and they both laugh and cry like it's the first time. I guess it has achieved a kind of "classic" status in our household. I know they will watch it repeatedly when we have it, it's a real "Feel Good" movie. It achieves a fine balance of humor and the resolution of an ethical dilemma in a smooth, tasteful manner (no sex, no violence, a la Disney); a rare feat that stories, either in cinema or the written word seldom accomplish. The plot is simple enough for young children, entertaining the young with slap-stick humor and predictable shticks, all the while laced with more mature references and the sweet sarcasm for which Kirstie Alley is so well known.
Alley gives a wonderfully rich performance as a self-centered dentist who, after being fatally struck by a car (no blood or gore), finds herself in limbo between heaven and "down there." Her life is "played back", and is lacking in the attributes which typically earn one a more direct route to heaven. She is offered a chance to redeem herself but isn't too thrilled about the means through which this redemption is to be accomplished...until she runs into a boy who not only SEES her, not only on the physical plain, but sees her morally, sees her "goodness" and presumes to rely on her for sage advice. In the end, lessons are learned by all, love reigns supremeI feel good about buying it, and I feel good about what liking this movie enough to want to own it says about my children.