PG | | Comedy, Fantasy, Romance
After being dumped by his girlfriend, a boy runs away to California. But he ends up in heaven because he dies after trying to help a family from drowning in a river. In heaven he'll meet a beautiful girl, who has never reincarnated before.
Neil Young has a cameo as a truck driver. In the scene where Mike/Elmo is sitting on the side of the road, Neil pulls up in a large truck, asks him where he's going, and then says, "Well, you don't know where you're going, it don't matter what road you take". A slightly different version of those words appear in the song "We Never Danced" which plays near the end of the movie and is sung by Martha Davis of The Motels. The song was written by Neil Young and his own version appears on his 1987 album "Life".
Remember Heaven, Elmo? All you have to do is think about where you want to be and you're there.
When Timothy Hutton's character is touring a grade school in Heaven, the teacher (wearing the pith helmet) incorrectly tells his students that the Blue and Gold Macaw is from Suriname South 'Africa', when in fact Macaws are indigenous to Central and South America, and Suriname is in South America.
And starring Emmett as himself
$1,678,154 8 November 1987