QUICK SYNOPSIS: With these final words, Bobby Fantana (Lewis Smith) gets into his rusted-out coupe and races his high school nemesis, Joe. But when his bracelet (a greaser wearing a bracelet, really?) gets stuck on the gearshift, Bobby finds he’s not just “out on the edge,” he’s going over it. After dying, Bobby finds himself on a subway in the afterlife. He soon learns that he’s stuck in midtown and the only way to get a ticket uptown is to complete an “assignment”.
Bobby’s handler Rafferty (Richard Mulligan) takes him to 1985 (or the “present,” as the title informs us), and shows Bobby who his assignment is: “Spazzola” Lenny Barnes (Jason Gedrick), a kid in desperate need of a friend and copious amounts of hair gel. The Heavenly Kid asks the serious questions: Is it ever too late to change or say “I love you”? How much are we willing to sacrifice for others? How much hair gel (or was it brill cream) is too much? And, is it possible, even in an 80s movie, to have too many montages?
I’ll be answering all these questions, and many more (like why do so many 80s movies have a ubiquitous gay bar scene in them?) when I take a stroll down memory lane with The Heavenly Kid! Full review coming soon…
Until next time, remember, a flick is only forgotten if you’re not talking about it!