Ned Stevens has been a rich bachelor living in a small Utah town ever since his wife died and his daughter went off to college. But everything changes one day when his daughter surprises him by coming home…with her boyfriend, whom she is very serious with. Ned immediately sets off to make her boyfriend look bad and to dig up some kind of dirt on him. All the while, he continues to carry on imaginary conversations with his dead wife and his daughter is trying to get him to date a woman his age who lives in the area. Torn in multiple directions, Ned must find a way to reckon with himself and move on from the past.
Production Quality (2.5 points)
Production is the only strong point of Heaven is Waiting, formerly known as Midway to Heaven. The video and sound quality are both clear. The camera work is passable and the editing is pretty good. Despite their absurdity, the imaginary conversations are produced and edited well. One problem to bring up is that the sets are limited and seem low quality. Another issue is the makeup and costuming—the few characters within seem unrealistic and vain. Otherwise, there are no issues where production is concerned.
Plot and Storyline Quality (0 points)
Okay, so the entire premise of this movie is absurd. While we do not have an issue with psychological self-conversation within characters, it is not clear whether or not Ned’s wife is in his head or if she is some kind of spirit guide. Besides this, a dead wife trying to convince her husband to marry another woman is totally ridiculous. This plot is very limited and rests entirely on Ned’s imaginary conversations. The few characters contained in the plot are haphazardly cheesy; their dialogue belongs in a parody. Once the movie has accomplished a certain amount of ‘comedy’, it digresses into cheap musical montages. A lot of events take place off screen and there is unnecessary narration throughout. In short, there is really no plot content here that is worth anything.
Acting Quality (.5 point)
In an attempt to be funny, most of the acting comes off as juvenile. There is really no acting coaching for this very small cast, which is a problem since these few actors carry the entire movie. As previously mentioned, a lot of the characters seem vain and unrealistic in their appearances. Unfortunately, the only good thing to say here is that the acting could have been worse.
Heaven is Waiting, also known as Midway to Heaven, seemed like it started out as a good idea that never materialized. There is a small amount of potential, but the film needs a complete rework. I think that most sensible women would agree that a dead wife would never constantly ask her husband to marry another woman, even if that were possible for them to communicate. Another conclusion to draw is that Ned was using his dead wife’s memories as an excuse to get married again, which is even more ridiculous. In short, this movie should have been sent back to the creators in the early stages for a re-write.
Final Rating: 3 out of 10 points