For Heavens Sake
Video Release: 6/5/2012
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter
Writer: Ann Marcus
Producer: Nat Christian
Director: Nat Christian
Runtime: 98 min.
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Starring: Florence Henderson, Allison Lange, David Paetkau, Yaani King, Kathryn Gordon, Stephanie Patton
Sarah Miller (Florence Henderson) is an energetic grandma in her early seventies. Despite her age, she is still as feisty and fun as she was in her youth. But just before her granddaughter Katie's eleventh birthday Sarah suffers a sudden heart attack and finds herself en route to heaven. Once inside the pearly gates, Sarah meets up with everyone from her past, including her parents and the love of her life. But meanwhile, Katie is stricken with grief. On the day of her party, she falls ill and is rushed to the hospital, where she wishes she could be with her grandma once again. In one last loving act, Sarah visits Katie and convinces her that time on Earth is short and she should embrace the rollercoaster ride called life.
There's never been a heaven quite like this one! If you are looking for a biblical heaven you won't find it in this comedy/drama. It is basically a story about life's problems still being in heaven, but with "eternity" to fix each of them. This is an "equal opportunity" heaven and, as one character says, believers and non-believers are together forever in this movie's version of heaven.
In this heaven Jimi Hendrix plays music, a woman's husband is staying with his ex-girlfriend and her husband at a bed and breakfast and Sarah Miller (Florence Henderson) is trying to get on a shuttle to visit her grand-daughter Katie on her birthday as she promised. She was still alive when she promised her. Oh, and a few characters swear in this "different" take on heaven. There are also computer failures and a girl is about to head out on a blind date with James Dean!
Sarah deals with making the transition to heaven from earth and in making sure some loose ends are tied up from her life on earth. It is interesting to note that a character, while in heaven, says, "This is no way to run a heaven, if there is one!" However, in one shining moment Sarah (called "Nanny" by Katie) talks with her about life being unfair at times but, as she points out, "there is beauty".
This is an off-beat comedy for sure which, if not taken too seriously, can be fun for the viewer. But if the viewer is looking for a biblical heaven, he/she will need to look elsewhere.
Sex: A couple kisses; a couple are in bed and there has been implied sex and the man says, "Let's get married" which they do (this takes place on earth).
Language: G/OMG-2; H-1; BS-1; S-1; D-2; P-1; Sucks-1
Drugs: Drinks and toasts including wine and champagne.
Other: A different "take" on heaven which is not biblical; people swear and go through problems in this heaven; in one scene a person might commit suicide and a man wants to join his wife on earth to stop her; a girl races to the bathroom to throw up on a few occasions; death and missing loved ones.