MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 785 this week

The Heavenly Kid (1985)

6.2
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.2/10 from 2,433 users  
Reviews: 23 user | 9 critic

When Bobby dies in a car accident he is not allowed to enter heaven but has to stay in one of the lower levels until he has worked enough as an guardian angel in order to deserve paradise. ... See full summary »

Director:

0Check in
0Share...

On Disc

at Amazon

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: October

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they are excited to see in October.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 40 titles
created 02 Mar 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 30 Oct 2011
 
list image
a list of 124 titles
created 11 months ago
 
a list of 24 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 25 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Heavenly Kid (1985)

The Heavenly Kid (1985) on IMDb 6.2/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Heavenly Kid.

User Polls

1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Sam Kehoe moves from Seattle to a new school in California. Trying to make friends, Sam manages to free up the honeymoon suite in his dad's motel so his friends are able to use the room for... See full summary »

Director: Cary Medoway
Stars: Gary Hershberger, Robert Krantz, Jonna Leigh Stack
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

On the last day before summer vacations Michael receives a glowing, but anonymous, love-letter. He suspects, or better: hopes, it's from Deborah, the girl he's after since a while, but who ... See full summary »

Director: David Greenwalt
Stars: C. Thomas Howell, Lori Loughlin, Kelly Preston
Action | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Michael and Ellie break into a military junkyard to find a science project for Michael's class, and discover a strange glowing orb which absorbs electricity. When the orb begins to blend ... See full summary »

Director: Jonathan R. Betuel
Stars: John Stockwell, Danielle von Zerneck, Fisher Stevens
Iron Eagle (1986)
Action | Thriller | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.2/10 X  

When Doug's father, an Air Force Pilot, is shot down by MiGs belonging to a radical Middle Eastern state, no one seems able to get him out. Doug finds Chappy, an Air Force Colonel who is ... See full summary »

Director: Sidney J. Furie
Stars: Louis Gossett Jr., Jason Gedrick, David Suchet
Adventure | Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Adventurer/surgeon/rock musician Buckaroo Banzai and his band of men, the Hong Kong Cavaliers, take on evil alien invaders from the 8th dimension.

Director: W.D. Richter
Stars: Peter Weller, John Lithgow, Ellen Barkin
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The goofy students of a remedial drivers education class find themselves butting heads with their abusive police instructors.

Director: Neal Israel
Stars: John Murray, Jennifer Tilly, James Keach
Loverboy (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

College sophomore Randy Bodek is unfocused. The only thing he knows is that he loves his roommate, Jenny Gordon, who feels unappreciated as other things in his life seem to take precedent ... See full summary »

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: Patrick Dempsey, Kate Jackson, Robert Ginty
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Director: Michael Arick
Stars: Ellen Barkin, Clancy Brown, Thomas R. Burman
Tuff Turf (1985)
Action | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A street rebel and his gang have trouble understanding themselves and their world.

Director: Fritz Kiersch
Stars: James Spader, Kim Richards, Paul Mones
Summer School (1987)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a "bonehead" English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand ... See full summary »

Director: Carl Reiner
Stars: Mark Harmon, Kirstie Alley, Robin Thomas Grossman
Comedy | Sci-Fi
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A nerdy teenage scientist discovers a formula for invisibility, and uses it to take revenge on all those who have wronged him--and also to spy on the girls' shower room.

Director: Avery Crounse
Stars: Jay Underwood, Wallace Langham, Chynna Phillips
Karen's Song (TV Series 1987)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Stars: Patty Duke, Lewis Smith, Teri Hatcher
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Bobby Fantana
...
Lenny Barnes
...
Emily Barnes
...
Rafferty
...
Joe Barnes
Beau Dremann ...
McIntyre / Bill
...
Fred Gallo
Anne Sawyer ...
Sharon
...
Melissa
Chad Wiggins-Grady ...
Jerry
Scott Stone ...
Frank
William Kerwin ...
Suburbaner (as Rooney Kerwin)
Will Knickerbocker ...
Max
Harold Bergman ...
Mr. Finley
Donna Rosea ...
Boulevard Girl (as Donna Rosae)
Edit

Storyline

When Bobby dies in a car accident he is not allowed to enter heaven but has to stay in one of the lower levels until he has worked enough as an guardian angel in order to deserve paradise. One of his jobs is Lenny, a gifted boy, who loves his schoolmate Sharon who is the most beautiful girl of the class. But she does not even notice him so that he is about to commit suicide. Bobby prevents this and dresses Lenny up making him a playboy and tough guy so that he gets what he wants although Bobby knows that this is not the best. Thinking that his job is done, Bobby realizes that Lenny's mother is his former girlfriend who has married another guy. Although not being allowed he makes himself visible to her... Written by Volker Boehm

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Back in the 60's, on a dark deserted highway, Bobby and his '57 Chevy bought it at 90 miles an hour. Today he's making a comeback. See more »


Certificate:

PG-13 | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

26 July 1985 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Teen Angel  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The working title for this movie was "Heavenly Bodies". See more »

Goofs

Bobby constantly uses phrases and gestures from the current period in the movie. See more »

Quotes

Bobby: Emily, there's something I've been wanting to tell you for a long time... I love you, Emily.
See more »

Connections

Spoofs Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Heart Of Love
Written by Roxanne Seeman, Billie Hughes, Marcy Levy
Performed by Jamie Bond
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good-hearted rainy-day teen flick
18 September 2000 | by (Zanyville, USA) – See all my reviews

It is unfortunate that "The Heavenly Kid" became lost under the vast muddle of slick teen comedies that were so rampant during the mid 1980's. This film, which has a pre-"Malcolm In The Middle" Jane Kaczmarek, "Animal House's" Mark Metcalf, "Backdraft's" Jason Gedrick, and veteran actor Richard Mulligan, really shined through for me as an entertaining (yet predictable) dramedy on guardian angels.

It is the story of a brash 1960's greaser named Bobby Fantana, amiably played by TV actor Lewis Smith, who meets an untimely demise in a drag race accident. Once transported into the Afterlife, Bobby teams up with his roguish, motorcycle-driving spectral mentor Rafferty (Mulligan) and discovers from him that he hasn't quite earned his right into Paradise, and the only way he can redeem himself is to undertake an earthly assignment in assisting the mortals. Fast forwarding to the 1980's, Bobby is given the dubious task of coaching Lenny Barnes (Gedrick), a gifted, gawky teen who is a popular target for the class bullies. It's up to him to befriend and guide the boy through his little life crisis, and he decides to transform Lenny into a cool, confident splitting-image of himself that soon gains the attention of his peers. All is fine until Lenny's newfound cockiness butts heads with his family and with two of his old tormentors, who finally challenge him to a drag race of their own. It's then up to Bobby to rectify the damage he has unintentionally done and save Lenny from repeating history while hopefully garnering his wings at last.

Although many critics have scathed this film for a rather shallow, loopholed storyline, "The Heavenly Kid" does exude some attributes that I have come to enjoy over the years. The soundtrack is one of the best I've heard for an 80's teen flick; just love "Out on the Edge" during Bobby's fatal racing scene. Lewis Smith's performance gives a uniquely genial quality to his loner character that makes a sometimes funny "Odd-Couplesque" persona with both Gedrick and Mulligan. Seeing Bobby acclimate to the radically different 80's pop culture brings a laugh or two to myself! Finally, even though the ending is entirely predictable, it always leaves me feeling good inside, even on a bleak, rainy Saturday.

It is also unfortunate that "The Heavenly Kid" has gone out-of-print in recent years! I was lucky enough to record it off of HBO this past summer for my collection, but I think it does deserve a chance for a VHS/DVD re-release. This is one comedy that the entire family can enjoy, provided there's no objection to some PG-13 based language and adult humor.


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Who Actually LIKES this movie? judii
HELP! How does the MATH add up? a 27 year old high school teenager? spoutmusicdotcom
Help with a song irish-36
Extended 'Class Ring' Version hutsman
What kind of car did that kid get? gamblingking_98
Help with song not on soundtrack l.p. bobtkid
Discuss The Heavenly Kid (1985) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?