Hello Again (1987)

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Writer Susan Isaacs and director Frank Perry of Compromising Positions re-team for this resurrection fantasy comedy. Shelley Long plays Lucy Chadman, the accident-prone wife of plastic surgeon Jason Chadman (Corbin Bernsen). When she chokes to death after eating a South Korean chicken ball, a funeral is held and she is mourned, but then everyone goes on with their lives and forgets about her. Everyone, that is, except her sister Zelda (Judith Ivey). Zelda runs an occult bookstore and as she peruses one of her books of incantations, she discovers a magical chant that can raise the dead. Obeying the rules of the incantation -- it has to be performed a year after the person dies and the resurrected person must find love within 30 days or the person will die again -- she brings back Lucy to life. Lucy immediately proceeds to her husband's home and finds that he is married to her best friend Kim (Sela Ward). She now has to deal with the changed circumstances of her husband, along with a burgeoning love affair with Kevin Scanlon (Gabriel Byrne), the emergency-room doctor who had tried to save her life.
Rating:
PG
Genre:
Comedy , Science Fiction & Fantasy
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Studio:
Touchstone Pictures

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Cast

Shelley Long
as Lucy Chadman
Corbin Bernsen
as Dr. Jason Chadman
Judith Ivey
as Zelda, Lucy's Sister
Gabriel Byrne
as Dr. Kevin Scanlon
Sela Ward
as Kim Lacey
Austin Pendleton
as Junior Lacey
Carrie Nye
as Regina Holt
Robert Lewis
as Phineas Devereux
Robert Q. Lewis
as Phineas Devereux
Madeleine Potter
as Felicity
Thor Fields
as Danny Chadman
John Cunningham
as Bruce Holt
I.M. Hobson
as Butler
Shirley Rich
as Miss Tammy
Kaiulani Lee
as Miss Lee
John Rothman
as Bearded man
John Tillinger
as T.V. Moderator
Debra D. Stewart
as E.R. Nurse
Patricia Gage
as Bejewelled Woman
Mary Armstrong
as Financial Newscaster
Colin Fox
as Clergyman
Rose Indri
as Plastic Surgery Patient
Elyzebeth Chrystea
as Lady at Party
Suzanne Barnes
as Jason's Nurse
Karen Shallo
as Wig-Pulling Woman
Paul Royce
as Hospital Bystander
Illeana Douglas
as Woman in Park
Lynne Thigpen
as Reporter
Royce Rich
as Reporter
Chip Zien
as Reporter
Robert Lempert
as Reporter
Susan Isaacs
as Occultist
Catherine Tambini
as Occultist
Everett Quinton
as Occultist
Robert M. Lewis
as Phineas Devereux
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Critic Reviews for Hello Again

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (5)

Shelley Long wanders through a script she can't carry by herself while heading a cast handled with less than a Midas touch by director Frank Perry, who seems to think he's staging a high school play.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Merely the excuse for a parade of expensive clothes and opulent locations, with Shelley Long milking her role for any drop of pathos, this is good for a giggle at best.

Full Review… | June 23, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A high-concept comedy with a terminally low laugh content.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

There are the makings of a great comedy here, but you will not find more than scattered hints of it.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

All of this is presented with a broad-stroked, sitcom raucousness that's pretty tough to stomach.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Washington Post
Top Critic

As predictable as the sun rising.

Full Review… | October 30, 2007
TV Guide

Audience Reviews for Hello Again

½

A woman resurrects her dead sister; the only rule is she must find true love in a month or sis will croak again. That's the funniest part; sis didn't die of a broken heart she chokes on a chicken ball so why does she need to find true love? Because, this movie must force some kind of reason for her to stay which validates the premise of this comedy is just dumb.

Cameron Fink
Cameron Fink

★1/2 (out of four) Lousy attempt at a comedy vehicle for Shelley Long, proving that making the leap from television to the silver screen was not an easy one for her. Nothing works and there isn't a single comical moment. Long plays a woman who chokes and dies. Her sister knows how to perform a spell that can bring the dead back to life. One year after she died, Long is resurrected. She heads back to her husband only to find that he has married her best friend, played by Sela Ward. A near complete waste of time. [IMG]http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v48/Zeppo1/HelloAgain.jpg[/IMG]

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

A really good dark comedy with a good cast, it's very funny, if you like movies where dead people come back with funny results, you'll like this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

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