If not, then check out 'Heart and Souls,' a predictable yet still thoroughly winning comedy from 1993, and your free movie of the day. Sure, everyone knows him now as Iron Man and Sherlock Holmes, but remember when Robert Downey Jr. was less super hero and more that yuppie guy who was accompanied by four ghosts? If not, then check out 'Heart and Souls,' a predictable yet still thoroughly winning comedy from 1993, and your free movie of the day.
It's San Francisco, 1959, and a bus crashes at the same time a woman gives birth. All the bus passengers -- played by Charles Grodin, Alfre Woodard, Kyra Sedgwick and Tom Sizemore -- are killed when Thomas Reilly is born, thereby linking the four souls and the mortal being together.
Cut to some 30 years later, and the four souls realize that they've been given a chance to redeem their lives through Thomas, their "corporeal being." Only, they haven't made themselves visible to Thomas in a while, and Thomas himself (now played by Downey) has become a ruthless banker who has since shut himself off from the world.
While all the actors are used to good effect (Woodard as a mother of young children is particularly affecting), this film serves as a showcase for the multi-talented Downey, who more than believably plays the skepticism of a hardened adult whose "imaginary" childhood friends come back into his life. The actor is also able to show off his ample physical comedy skills when the four spirits physically take over his body, a la 'Ghost,' deftly moving from sassy black mother to tentative opera singer to Southern belle to small-time crook with equal, easygoing aplomb.
The movie also stars Elisabeth Shue as Thomas' long-suffering girlfriend, and David Paymer as the leering, distracted bus driver that got the angels into this mess in the first place.
Directed by Ron Underwood ('City Slickers'), the pleasantly-entertaining 'Heart and Souls' convincingly goes back and forth between genuine emotion and wise-cracking laughs, and more than lives up to its name.
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