Heaven Is Waiting

Movie review by
Grace Montgomery, Common Sense Media
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Religious romantic comedy is sweet but overwhelmingly sappy.
  • PG
  • 2011
  • 80 minutes

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Positive messages

Ned overcomes his struggle with grief over his wife's death and discovers that he can find love again. He also learns to let his daughter grow up and make her own decisions. 

Positive role models & representations

All of the characters emphasize family and the importance of maintaining strong, positive relationships.

Violence
Sex

The movie's main theme is adult relationships, with the two main characters falling in love. But the portrayal of relationships is very chaste, with only one or two kisses and hugs shown. A character even criticizes another for wanting to kiss on Sunday.

Language
Consumerism
Drinking, drugs & smoking

One scene takes place in a bar, and patrons are shown with drinks, but none of the main characters is shown drinking. In fact, the bar and its patrons are shown in a negative light -- the bar itself has "debauchery" in the name.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Heaven Is Waiting is a family-friendly romantic comedy with a strong religious message. Although the movie deals with adult relationships, no more than a few kisses are shown, and marriage is very strongly emphasized. With no iffy language or violence and only one very brief mention of alcohol, the movie is appropriate for young tweens and up, though younger kids may not be interested in the plot. Also, those outside the LDS church may not be comfortable with the strong religious messages.

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What's the story?

HEAVEN IS WAITING (also known as Midway to Heaven) is a faith-based romantic comedy based on a novel by Dean Hughes. The wholesome, family-friendly film portrays two romances: that of a college student who has recently fallen in love, and that of her father, a widower, who gets love advice from his recently passed wife. Ned (Curt Doussett) is having trouble moving on after his wife's death and accepting that his daughter Liz (Brittany Peltier) is growing up. He's also convinced Liz's boyfriend David (Kirby Heyborne) is too good to be true.

Is it any good?

Teens or couples looking for a wholesome, somewhat silly romantic comedy for date night most likely will enjoy Heaven Is Waiting. Although the movie is predictable and often cloyingly sweet, the relationship between Ned and his wife is lovely. And the scenes of him being caught talking to her are pretty funny. But, for the most part, his insistence on breaking up David and Liz is ridiculous and hard to watch, and the heavy-handed religious messages most likely will be off-putting to those not looking for a religious movie. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the theme of parental approval in the movie. Is it necessary for your parents to approve of your choice of partner?

  • Do you think the themes of the movie are universal? Or are they only of interest to those in the LDS church?

Movie details

For kids who love romance

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