Michael Sauter
July 12, 1991 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Almost an Angel

Current Status
In Season
Paul Hogan (Actor - Crocodile Dundee), Linda Kozlowski, Elias Koteas
John Cornell
Paul Hogan (Actor - Crocodile Dundee)
Sci-fi and Fantasy, Comedy

We gave it a D

This Paul Hogan vehicle had such a short theatrical run that its video release may be valuable as proof that Almost an Angel really exists. But unless you want to watch a fading star abuse what’s left of his drawing power, there’s no reason to endure it.

Those who insist will find the onetime ”Crocodile” Dundee (who also wrote the script) sleepwalking as Terry Dean, a hapless thief who dies while performing the first heroic feat of his life. After a brief stay in heaven, he’s sent back down to earth to do enough good deeds to merit permanent wings. Or maybe he just dreamed it all and only thinks he’s dead. But unlike the main characters in Ghost — or even Ghost Dad — Hogan’s angel has nobody special to return to, no unfinished business to resolve. Eventually, he gets inspiration from a paraplegic (Elias Koteas) and his pretty sister (Linda Kozlowski). But it’s too little, too late. Slow as eternity and laid-back beyond belief, Almost an Angel remains an irredeemable stiff. D

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