Hello Again (film)
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Frank Perry|
|Produced by||Frank Perry|
|Written by||Susan Isaacs|
|Music by||William Goldstein|
|Edited by||Peter C. Frank
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
Hello Again is a 1987 American romantic fantasy-comedy film, directed and produced by Frank Perry, written by Susan Isaacs and starring Shelley Long, Judith Ivey, Gabriel Byrne, Corbin Bernsen, Sela Ward, Austin Pendleton, Carrie Nye, Robert Lewis, Madeleine Potter, Thor Fields and Illeana Douglas. Hello Again opened at #2 in the Box Office earning $5,712,892 at its opening weekend and made $20,419,446 in its entire run.
Long Island housewife Lucy Chadman in the midst of a tarot card reading by her occult sister, Zelda. Just as Zelda exclaims something is going to happen, Lucy begins to choke to death on a South Korean Chicken Ball. The film shows the difficulty of Lucy's loved ones, including Zelda, had in coping with her death. But the grief turns to excitement when Zelda receives a book of spells called The Wisdom of Catagonia. Within the book Zelda finds a spell that requires perfect astronomical timing—the moon, the earth, and the dog star must form a perfect isosceles triangle. Zelda performs the spell and Lucy appears.
Lucy begins to reacquaint herself with living and with her family who are shocked to see her alive again, one year later, and soon discovers that she cannot simply pick her life back up where she left off. She returns to find her widower husband has sold their home and married her greedy and double-crossing friend from college. Her son, meanwhile, has opened his own successful restaurant and married, instead of going to Columbia.
When she returns to the hospital at which she died, the emergency room doctor who tried to revive her begins to fall for her. Zelda confides in the doctor that if Lucy does not find love by the next full moon, she will have to go back to the spirit world. He does not believe Zelda. Eventually the press finds out that Lucy came back from the dead, and plague her, her family, and the hospital the ER doctor works at. Her college friend becomes jealous of her media attention and the attention Lucy is getting from Mr. Chadman. She holds a news conference of her own and tells the media Lucy made the whole thing up—claiming that Lucy used tetrodotoxin as a means to fake her own death. Lucy does not defend herself, as she sees this as an opportunity to rid herself and her friends of the media. Instead, the doctor gets fired, her sister's occult store is vandalized and she is hated by almost everyone, except her family. She decides to end the debacle once and for all by tricking her college friend into admitting she lied about Lucy faking her death in front of the media at a party the hospital is having. Lucy, the doctor, and her family walk away happily. As the credits roll we see that both Lucy and Zelda get married and have children with their new loves (Lucy has twins). Lucy's son also becomes a father.
- Shelley Long as Lucy Chadman
- Judith Ivey as Zelda
- Gabriel Byrne as Kevin Scanlon
- Corbin Bernsen as Jason Chadman
- Sela Ward as Kim Lacey
- Austin Pendleton as Junior Lacey
- Carrie Nye as Regina Holt
- Robert Lewis as Phineas Devereaux
- Madeleine Potter as Felicity Glick
- Thor Fields as Danny Chadman
Hello Again received negative reviews, as the film holds an 11% rating on Rotten Tomatoes from 18 critics.
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