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The Heavenly Kid (1985)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance | 26 July 1985 (USA)
A hip guardian angel named Bobby Fontana, who died in a car race in the 60s, reluctantly agrees to watch over lonely 80s high schooler Lenny Barnes who needs guidance on how to become cool.

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Bobby Fantana
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Lenny Barnes
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Emily Barnes
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Rafferty
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Joe Barnes
Beau Dremann ...
McIntyre / Bill
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Fred Gallo
Anne Sawyer ...
Sharon
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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)
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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. He is first given an assignment of helping a young kid named Lenny, who later Bobby founds out is his son. Lenny has a crush for a girl named Sharon who is the most beautiful girl of the class. But she does not even notice him until Bobby helps Lenny change his image and boosts his confidence. By doing this Bobby 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. Bobby later realizes that Lenny's mother is his former girlfriend who has married another guy. Although not being allowed he makes himself visible to her... after some situations take place he vows to give his soul up to help his son from losing his own life. This unknowingly earns Bobby a trip to Heaven or "uptown" as the movie refers to it. Written by Volker Boehm

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1962 was a bad year for Bobby. First he drove 300ft over a cliff, then they wouldn't let him into heaven... See more »


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For the first time ever on any Hollywood major studio release the two guys are shown sharing a joint together which was a huge breakthrough in the mid-80's. See more »

Goofs

While Emily is looking through her HS yearbook, the camera shows a close-up of the page with Bobby's picture. The names do not completely match the pictures on this page. Specifically, the name entered between Bobby and the girl next to him, Berry Strait. This person is not pictured, but there is a lot of information for him. Charles Martin Stoner - transferred from Beaver High School, Beaver, PA. Also, William Sholze is pictured above, and to the right, of Bobby, but his name is not listed with the rest of the names. See more »

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Bobby: Aw, have a heart, Joe! The kid just got laid!
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References Rebel Without a Cause (1955) See more »

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Heartless
Written by Lisa Sennett and Bruce Gaitsch
Performed by Joe Lynn Turner
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An Angel With Dirty Wings.
26 June 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A kid (Lewis Smith) from the late-1960s (who appears to be from the 1950s due to his antics and wardrobe) dies one night in a chicken car race. He is unable to get into Heaven though because of his life on Earth so thus he goes back to the 1980s and tries to help a dorky high school student (Jason Gedrick) become popular and cool. Also along for the ride is Gedrick's mother/Lewis' old girlfriend (Jane Kaczmarek of "Malcolm in the Middle" fame) and motorcycle-riding guardian angel Richard Mulligan. So many plot holes and predictable twists stall this one pretty fast. Smith and Mulligan do what they can together, but they have elementary-styled aspects of film-making to work with. Everything else is not worth your time or effort. Not the worst film of the time period, but another one of those unwanted footnotes from the mid-1980s. 2 stars out of 5.


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