Forgotten Flicks 3 – ‘Heart & Souls'

This has been one of my favorites since I was a kid, and it’s basically when I fell in love with Robert Downey Jr.  I think the exact moment was when he does an impersonation of Alfre Woodard.  So anyway, this one is Kyra Sedgwick, Charles Grodin, David Paymer, Elisabeth Shue and the afforementioned Alfre Woodard and RDJ.

Downey is Thomas Reilly, a young man who has the (mis?)fortune of being born at the exact moment a San Fransician busload full of people meets its doom.  In this film’s effervescent Hollywood version of the afterlife, 4 souls from the bus are “assigned” to Milo for his entire life.  Once Thomas is all grown up the 4 Souls realize they are supposed to be using Milo to resolve any earthly issues they wanted to “tie up” before they go to Heaven.  Milo, having gone through years of therapy to try and forget his invisible friends, suddenly faces them again and becomes their reluctant vessel.

It’s really funny.  It might make you cry, too. Rent it.

  • Jessica Murdy

    Omg yes!! I watched this when I was having an RDJ-a-thon on Netflix. It definitely made me cry but it’s also so funny!

  • Emily Kastner

    This is also a favorite of mine. My uncle took my sister, myself and my two cousins to go see ‘The Secret Garden’ and he said, “Do you guys want to sneak into another movie???” I was ten and a rule-follower, so this was an early lesson in anxiety. We snuck in to “Heart and Souls” right as it started, and my ten-year-old self thought we were going to get arrested at any moment. I remember loving that movie so much though. One of my cousins who was three or four at the time moved down the empty row all by herself and when we asked her what was up she said, “I’m crying by myself, okay? It’s a really sad part.” I have that same tendency when I watch the film now.

  • Jenn Kriscunas

    Can’t hear “Walk Like a Man” without thinking of this movie. So adorable.

    • Patricia Flores Aguilera

      The little guy that plays young Thomas is lovely!

  • Caitlin Schmidt

    love love love this movie!!! one of my all time favs ever since i was a kid!

  • Rachel Firmager

    I’ve been trying to find this on DVD but apparently it doesn’t exist (not here in Australia at any rate). My ten year old self so wanted to be Kyra Sedgwick…come to think of it, I think I really just wanted to wear ballet shoes every day of my life like Julia did. I want to watch it NOW!

  • Ellen Lloyd

    I saw Robert Downey Jr. at the Sundance Film Festival before he had his big comeback but he was still getting recognized as he was trying to make his way through a crowd. People were grabbing for him and calling to him, but as he walked past me I blurted out, “I love Heart & Souls!” He stopped, turned to me, and said, “I don’t get that one very often” then continued on his way. And that is my RDJ moment.

  • Victoria Tiedemann

    I watch it every year. but then again I’ve seen 66 of his films and he’s my favorite “modern-day actor”
    They had it on instant play for a few years on Netflix. Maybe they still do. Anyway, I can never forget it since I watch it so often. great pick!

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