It seems everyone is trying to get into heaven; at least those whose time is up. For Lance Barton, a struggling comedian and bicycle messenger, it's the last thing on his mind. His due date upstairs is 50 years away. In the meantime, he's got big dreams to pursue on Earth, such as landing a slot at the final Amateur Night Contest at the famed Apollo Theatre. Lance's has one little problem though - he ain't that funny. Thanks to an over-cautious emissary from heaven, Mr. Keyes, he's going to get hit (literally) with a much bigger problem. Showing that even God has difficulty finding good help these days, the inept minion mistakenly plucks Lance from a traffic accident - before it takes place. Transporting him to the Pearly Gates, or more accurately, the velvet roped-lines of the hottest club around, the error is finally addressed by Mr. King, the streetwise, no-nonsense head angel who manages the place from his plush windowed office. Since returning to his own body on Earth is ...Written by
In the opening scene, Chris Rock's character delivers a letter from Dewey, Cheatam, & Howe, a gag law firm frequently used in NPR's Car Talk with Click and Clack. See more »
When Lance/Wellington gets on stage at his own club, he takes the microphone off its stand and the cord disconnects. When the camera cuts back to him, the mic is plugged back in. His volume remains constant throughout. See more »
[reincarnated for the second time as 'Joe Guy', Lance tries to hail a taxi, but they keep driving past him]
I'm a black again! I'm a black man!
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There were some funny moments in this movie, but overall I was unimpressed. I recognize that this movie is supposed to be a comedy, but it really fell short of being funny. Why did they have to bring Rock back as an old white man. The old white man really had nothing to do with the movie. Rock didn't act like an old white man. He didn't look like the old white man (at least not to the audience). He didn't even seem like he was an old white man. Yet no one really cared.
Now, I know that this is supposed to be funny, but all I really felt was embarrassed.
Chris, until you can become a real actor, go back to stand up.
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