Here comes Chances Are and there goes Mr Jordan, no doubt in a huff. While this new pic hinges on the same cloud-carpeted conception of heaven as a way station for earth-bound souls, the similarity ends there, and a potentially charming premise yields only a handful of chuckles.
The plot hangs on the death of Cybill Shepherd’s husband, who flees heaven to be reincarnated before being ‘inoculated’ to prevent a return of past-life memory. He comes back 23 years later as Robert Downey Jr and stumbles into the life of Corinne (Shepherd), as well as that of her daughter Miranda (Mary Stuart Masterson) and former best friend Philip (Ryan O’Neal). Philip harbors a long-suffering adoration for Corinne, who has kept him at arm’s length.
There’s a nice scene when Alex (Downey) first comes to dinner and starts to remember his past life, but from then on the screenplay is patently predictable. Downey sparkles at times simply with his stunned expressions. Beyond that, the rest of the characters are at best absurd: Masterson throws herself at him instantaneously.