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13 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

Can't Be Heaven is a great heartwarming story about love that all ages will enjoy.

10/10
Author: anonymous
4 February 1999

Danny is falling in love with his best friend Julie, but isn't sure what to do about it. Danny recruits a mentor to help him win Julie's affections, Hubbie Darling, a jazz sax player from the 30's who he happened to meet in the cemetery while visiting his father's grave. Hubbie has his problems though, as he has been dead for 60 years and is refusing to go to heaven until he can be joined by his one true love who is still alive. Hubbie offer's Danny advise and gives him suggestions on how to win Julie over, but what worked in the way of romance in the 30's may not have the same effect in the 90's. Danny finds himself nervous around Julie when she starts hanging out with Archie, the handsome new boy in the class. With Hubbie's advise, he is not only losing Julie's love, but he's getting beat up by the new boy who is also after Julie's affections. But Danny persists, he trusts Hubbie's instincts. Hubbie teaches Danny to play a love song he wrote for his sweetheart, but never had the chance to play it for her. Danny learns the song and plays it beautifully. At a school dance Danny finds a way to show Julie how he feels towards her, he plays the sax which touches Julie who then starts to realize that she feels more for Danny the she thought. But Danny's mettle is tested when he has to defend Julie from a physical attack by Archie. Danny barely wins the fight, but he for the first time asserts himself for Julie. Later, Danny plays the song for Hubbie in the cemetery, Danny's grandmother hears the music and follows it. There in the cemetery, she see's Hubbie. We learn that it is Danny's grandmother Hubbie has been waiting for. Hubbie shows Danny that when two people belong together, nothing can keep them apart, not even death.

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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful:

A cute movie

Author: stregga from England
3 November 2000

I only saw this movie a few days ago on cable and I think its OK.Its a cute little film that kids would enjoy.Its all about a boy called Danny,who is falling in love with his best friend,Julie but is having trouble telling her how he feels.It gets worse when a new boy(Archie)joins their class at school and Julie falls for him.One day,Danny is visiting his father's grave,showing him a tune he is learning to play on his sax,when he meets Hubbie,a dead sax player from the 1930's.Hubbie is a ghost waiting for his girlfriend so they can go to Heaven. Hubbie teaches Danny to play the sax well and he also teaches him a few things about love.I do agree with the person who said it might have been better if the kids were older and I also find Julie a bit annoying.All in all though this is an OK movie and I'll give it two out of five stars.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

A Sweet Surprise

Author: Tensman from USA
11 March 2001

I started watching "Can't be Heaven" just to see what Ralph Macchio looks like these days, and was gradually hooked into this latter-day "Wonder Years" story line. This film is a refreshing escape from the typical hard-pounding hip hop garbage that dominates teen-theme films today. Ralph Macchio offers a fine, understated performance while Diane Ladd brings realism and feeling to a role often wrought by overacted stereotype. By the end of the film, it feels all right to believe that Danny (Bryan Burke) can burn on the sax like jazz legend Red Holloway, who provides the smooth Chicago sound. Jazz fans will notice that Macchio's character, Hubbie, is also a jazz man from the "Windy City". "Can't be Heaven" is truly a sweet surprise, stocked with a surprisingly familiar cast. Pick up some goodies from your local Italian bakery and settle in for some smiles and tears, all worth the effort.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A Great Movie.

Author: Lauren (babyj6164) from NY
23 June 2003

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Yeah, this movie didn't make it big on the big screen. A Very unforutante thing because it was so good. It's such a warm movie. Deffinitly worth seeing if your a sweet happy person. If you like cute, good ending movies, this is the movie for you. Not only is the best actor in it. (Ralph Macchio) but the story of the movie is almost realistic. The ending is deffintly the way a movie should end, guy gets the girl, and a true love re-united after a long wait. Deffinitly worth seeing.

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

song title of the song Instrumental sax

Author: priscilla-mccartney from United Kingdom
25 August 2006

Firstly i have to say that the film was superb, best I've seen in ages.. The film was so enjoyable to watch, that when my friend came to see me a few days after watching it, i told her about the film.. She also plays the keyboard and wanted to listen to the song, she also loved to song. When the young boy Danny was playing, it looked as though he was actually playing the sax... I'm sure it will be a long time before i enjoy another film as much as i did this one... The haunting song in which Danny played on the tenor Saxaphone was wonderful...and i would dearly love to play it myself.. I'm a 74 year pensioner who plays the keyboard. Can you advise me the name of the song, to enable me to get the sheet music on this...

Cilla McCartney...

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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Good film, poor transfer!

Author: abner2665
23 July 2001

"Forever Together" is a good coming-of-age film which does a good job of showing "first loves" at such young ages. However the film transfer has much to be desired. The sound is terrible, being much too brilliant because the theatrical equalization was not removed and viewers will probably find the high frequencies are way too bright. It appears the same master tape was used for both VHS and DVD. The picture quality is average and I suspect that grainy film stock was used in the making of the movie. None of the transfer defects take away the story contents, but the movie would be a lot more enjoyable with a good quality picture and sound transfer.

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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

A really cute film that deserves a lot of credit...

10/10
Author: shotlist1 from New Jersey
14 April 2003

My kids loved "Can't be Heaven." This is a very underrated, very touching, and very cute film that really is what family filmmaking is about. This one will definitely make you cry it's so heartwarming. Ralph Macchio rocks!

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2 out of 18 people found the following review useful:

Can't believe they found funding for this!

1/10
Author: chuckydorn from Los Angeles
23 October 2000

I truly don't know how or why they made this movie. I suppose to see if they could get away with it. Let's just say that the acting and editing are horrible in this movie. Not to mention the writing. The story is a good idea, but probably would have worked better with children of an older age (instead of 12). This is more of a movie for younger (I mean really younger) adults and shouldn't be watched by anyone who has passed puberty. The only thing that made this watchable was the performance by Ralph Macchio, who plays a dead sax player. Even he can't pull this thing out of the muck though. I strongly recommend that you don't waste the money on this garbage.

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