Sometimes I just need to relax and not think. I’ve had about thirteen hours sleep since I woke up Sunday morning. Wednesday was a very unproductive day, and now that it’s early Thursday morning, I’m hoping when I finally do fall asleep, I get more than four or four and a half hours. Anyway, last night I figured I’d browse around Netflix.
I’m not sure what it was about this 2011 movie that caught my attention, but whatever it was…yay!
Like an amazing number of movies, this one is listed under two titles, one at Netflix – and a different one at IMDB. That’s always helpful to know because I have to keep IMDB up to check out the actors and actresses throughout a film.
Whether you want to call it Heaven Is Waiting, or Midway To Heaven, it hooked me from the beginning and never let go through to the end.
Ned (Curt Doussett), a widower of three years, still talks to his dead wife (Melanie Nelson) on a daily basis – and she talks back. On occasion, he doesn’t care who might be around, or that people think he’s nuts (because while he might be talking to Kate, they see him conversing with the air).
The story opens when his college age daughter, Liz, comes home for a vacation (this part is a bit confusing because it seems like she lives within close driving distance to her father, but it’s a minor issue). Liz brought a friend with her. Not the girlfriend Dad was expecting … but a guy. A seemingly perfect young man named David.
Ned has a problem with this. He doesn’t like the boyfriend at all, is snippy with him, and schemes to break the two up. At one point, he impersonates his pastor in his effort to dig up some dirt on David. In one of the more amusing scenes, the pastor confronts him about it when they cross paths at a gas station.
While it’s not a comedy, the movie has plenty of laugh-out-loud moments, at least I laughed a lot, and I don’t laugh if something isn’t funny.
It’s also a heartwarming story about a man learning to let go of his past, realizing what he still has – and what he can have again, and finally figuring out that his daughter is an adult capable of making her own choices and mistakes.
For anyone who might be offended, I will let you know that it’s listed as a Christian movie … but it’s a minimal part of the story, and not an in-your-face thing. In fact, if I hadn’t known that from the start, I probably would have never guessed.
I think I have to rate this right up there with The Magic of Belle Isle and My Girlfriend’s Boyfriend as movies I’ve never heard of but am totally glad I found.