A speeding truck sends Robert into purgatory, with the probability of a warm climate. He escapes to Earth and tries to fix things before purgatory catches up with him.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews
8 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Short | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A rooster has his last biscuit for breakfast and goes grocery shopping. A pig prepares her breakfast (potato peelings, with the potatoes thrown in the trash) and discovers she needs more ... See full summary »

Directors: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Director: David O'Reilly
Stars: Julian Barratt, Pearl Brilmyer, Adam Buxton
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Satirical comedy follows the machinations of Big Tobacco's chief spokesman, Nick Naylor, who spins on behalf of cigarettes while trying to remain a role model for his twelve-year-old son.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Aaron Eckhart, Cameron Bright, Maria Bello
Young Adult (2011)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

Soon after her divorce, a fiction writer returns to her home in small-town Minnesota, looking to rekindle a romance with her ex-boyfriend, who is now happily married and has a newborn daughter.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Charlize Theron, Patrick Wilson, Patton Oswalt
Consent (2004)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Things are going great on Penny and Judah's first date. They're lounging on her bed and they lean in for a kiss. Then he stops and asks her if she minds going over a sexual consent form. ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Todd Waldman, Rachel Vacca, Jeff Witzke
H@ (1999)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Michael Loprete, Jeff Witzke, Roy Jenkins
Uncle Sam (2002)
Documentary | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  
Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Dave Allen, Michele Lee, Richard Speight Jr.
Gulp (2001)
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Francis has just changed his new fish's water, and the fish is freaking out. Francis calls a pal who tells him the fish needs salt water, not fresh water, and hasn't long to live; so ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Jason Carpenter, Regan Wynne, Mary Jo Smith
Operation (1998)
Comedy | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Bill Birch, Michael Loprete, Raci Alexander
Roast Battle (2016)
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  

The most bigoted room is the least bigoted room. One night at the Comedy Store's Roast Battle.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Ashley Barnhill, Guy Branum, Joe DeRosa
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Bugs Bunny finds the Tasmanian Devil in his encyclopedia just as the animal threatens to devour him.

Director: Robert McKimson
Stars: Mel Blanc
Comedy | Crime

An unsuspecting family in Texas pulls off a pair of successful bank robberies and embarks on their third heist.

Director: Jason Reitman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Robert
...
Gil
...
Manny
...
Foreman
Phillip MacIvor ...
Bobby Jr.
Cynthia Davila ...
Ashley
...
Welcomer
...
Paramedic
Michael Loprete ...
Paramedic
...
Dancer
Heather Brown ...
Teenager
...
Pink girl
Tim Crane ...
Robber
Jim Thoms ...
Vagrant
Lee Weaver ...
Big Man
Edit

Storyline

While standing in the middle of the street contemplating the motto on a quarter, Robert is killed by an on-coming SUV. In the waiting room of the afterlife, a punctilious clerk, Gil, pulls up Robert's record on the computer and tells the young man that he's damned. Lots of little bad things have added up, and his score is negative. Robert bolts back to earth, with Gil and his colleagues in hot pursuit. Robert visits his girlfriend, drinks a smoothie with his dad, foils a robbery, and dances. His positive points are accumulating as Gil (and death) close in. Is it up or down for our Bobby? Little things can mean a lot. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

purgatory | death | sin | hell | heaven | See All (13) »

Genres:

Comedy | Short

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

27 January 2000 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Quotes

Robert: Honey, I'm going to be going away for a little while.
Ashley: [sleepily] Okay.
Robert: Well a long while. Forever really... um... but we'll see each other again... I... I guess.
[pause]
Robert: Actually, that's not true. You see I, I didn't get enough points and I bought chocolate for the chocolate and I never danced and now they're going to take me away and I really don't think you'll be joining me in Hell, so... I think we might want to see other people.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Best Short in Toronto, too
28 December 2000 | by (Boston, MA) – See all my reviews

First saw this at the Toronto Film Festival, and it was great. Better than some two hour features I saw there! This director is a talent to watch, I hope he is already working on a feature. I think you can see this little gem for yourself at atomfilms.com. It was there a few months ago.

I can't tell you too much about the story, cause I don't want to give it away! The actor was in those Doritos commercials, and some other stuff, he's very familiar. The writing is all there, and the acting by (forgive me, I don't know the names) the "purgatorial officer" was hilarious. You could tell that the people making the short were having fun. Well, if they weren't they sure looked it. Try to find this somewhere, you be glad you did.


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

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Watch it on Atomfilm faincut
Does he go to heaven or back to life? tcoscanyan
Watch it here! theflash95
Discuss In God We Trust (2000) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?