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In 1959, four people riding on a bus and Hal (David Paymer), the bus driver, get killed in a crash. The bus crashed into a car with a woman going into labor. Hal ascends to {{Heaven}} while the other four get stuck anchored to the newborn baby. The baby is named "Thomas," and only he can see the four of them. After seven years of being his invisible friends, their effect on him is noticed and Thomas is about to be sent into a psychiatric hospital, so they resolve to become invisible to him so they don't ruin his life.

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In 1959, four people riding on a bus and Hal (David Paymer), (Creator/DavidPaymer), the bus driver, get killed in a crash. The bus crashed into a car with a woman going into labor. Hal ascends to {{Heaven}} while the other four get stuck anchored to the newborn baby. The baby is named "Thomas," and only he can see the four of them. After seven years of being his invisible friends, their effect on him is noticed and Thomas is about to be sent into a psychiatric hospital, so they resolve to become invisible to him so they don't ruin his life.



* Harrison Winslow (Charles Grodin): A singer who couldn't bring up the courage to audition.
* Penny Washington (Alfre Woodard): A woman who orphaned her three children when she died.
* Milo Peck (Tom Sizemore): A thief who was killed before he got the chance to go straight.
* Julia (Kyra Sedgewick): A waitress who let her true love get away.

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* Harrison Winslow (Charles Grodin): (Creator/CharlesGrodin): A singer who couldn't bring up the courage to audition.
* Penny Washington (Alfre Woodard): (Creator/AlfreWoodard): A woman who orphaned her three children when she died.
* Milo Peck (Tom Sizemore): (Creator/TomSizemore): A thief who was killed before he got the chance to go straight.
* Julia (Kyra Sedgewick): (Creator/KyraSedgewick): A waitress who let her true love get away.

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* NationalAnthem: When the group is looking for a place for Harrison to sing, they happen upon a B.B. King concert, but tickets are sold out. Penny concocts a scheme to get them inside, and Thomas completes it by posing as a staffer who will sing "The Star-Spangled Banner" before Mr. King's performance. King is so impressed by Thomas/Harrison's singing that his band officially accompanies the anthem to uproarious applause.


* Penny Washington (Alfre Woodard): A woman who never got to say goodbye to her kids on the way to work.

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* Penny Washington (Alfre Woodard): A woman who never got to say goodbye to orphaned her kids on the way to work.three children when she died.


--> "[[FullNameBasis Thomas Kenneth Reilly]], you get back here!"

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--> "[[FullNameBasis "[[FullNameUltimatum Thomas Kenneth Reilly]], you get back here!"


* ChekhovsGunman: Through his escapades with the ghosts, Thomas often finds himself at odds with a sergeant of the police department. [[spoiler:Turns out he's one of Penny's sons all grown up.]]

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* ChekhovsGunman: Through his escapades with the ghosts, Thomas often finds himself at odds with a sergeant of the police department. [[spoiler:Turns out he's one of Penny's sons son Billy all grown up.]]



* EmpathicEnvironment: It immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler:when she discovers John died many years ago and she won't be able to see or speak to him.]]

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* EmpathicEnvironment: It immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler:when she discovers John died many years ago and she won't be able to see or speak to him.]]him]]. It immmediately ''stops'' raining when Julia has a revelation a moment later.


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* MeetTheInLaws: Anne's parents are visiting her during the duration of the story, and she and Thomas often conflict when his need to help the ghosts prevents him from meeting them.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Harrison delights in encouraging Thomas' performing chops and introducing him to Franco Corelli's music as a child, but even he asks Thomas to hold a page in a nudie magazine for him to see.


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* TeamMom: Penny's ''first'' thought once she has died and gotten over the confusion of "surviving" the crash is about her kids, and she's the most mature of the ghosts in their bonding with Thomas. Even when he's become an adult, she's not above scolding him as if she ''was'' his mother.
--> "[[FullNameBasis Thomas Kenneth Reilly]], you get back here!"


** Milo needs to return the valuable stamps he stole to the rightful owner.

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** Milo needs to return the valuable stamps he stole to the their rightful owner.



* {{Psychopomp}}: Hal

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* {{Psychopomp}}: HalHal after his death, stuck driving the bus to the afterlife for the next 500 years.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Thomas gives Harrison a brief one to make him get over his crisis of ability.
--> '''Thomas:''' No offense, Harrison, but you died a failure because you never tried!


* ButNowIMustGo: After a serious heart-to-heart conversation, the ghosts decide they're doing much more harm than good in young Thomas' life, and they willingly make themselves invisible to him, telling him they need to say goodbye and go away. The only problem is that they're ''still'' supernaturally tethered to him, and this abandonment has left him with serious trust issues well into adulthood, leaving them all at odds when it comes time to finish their business on earth.
* ChekhovsGunman: Through his escapades with the ghosts, Thomas often finds himself at odds with a sergeant of the police department. [[spoiler:Turns out he's one of Penny's sons all grown up.]]



* EmpathicEnvironment: It immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler: when she discovers John died many years ago and she won't be able to see or speak to him.]]
* FakingEngineTrouble: The trolley bus driver fakes engine trouble as a way of delaying looking for the missing souls, so they will have time to complete their unfinished business. It should be noted that the being he is attempting to fool with this ploy is God.

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* EmpathicEnvironment: It immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler: when [[spoiler:when she discovers John died many years ago and she won't be able to see or speak to him.]]
* FakingEngineTrouble: The trolley bus driver fakes engine trouble as a way of delaying looking for the missing souls, so they will have time to complete their unfinished business. It should be noted that the being he is attempting to fool with this ploy is God.{{God}}.



** Julia needs to find her long lost boyfriend John and tell him she always loved him.

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** Julia needs to find her long lost boyfriend John and tell him she always loved him. [[spoiler:Subverted when John turns out to be dead, and Julia instead feels that her goal is to help Thomas learn from the mistakes she made in life, renewing his relationship with Anne.]]



*ImpededMessenger: An angel was supposed to come from heaven at the moment of the ghosts' deaths to inform them of the rules of securing passage to the afterlife, but he or she never showed up, leaving them stuck with Thomas for seemingly no reason.
* LoveIsAWeakness: Thomas has grown up afraid to commit to his relationships due to losing people he cared about (the ghosts) as a child, and the cycle is repeating with his current girlfriend Anne.



* PowerPerversionPotential: Milo often tries to exploit his invisibility to look up women's dresses, and at one point has a young, blindfolded Thomas turn pages and unfold spreads in a porn magazine.



* {{Reincarnation}}: The reason why it's suddenly urgent for the ghosts to finish their business--they're needed because new babies are being born soon.

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* {{Reincarnation}}: The reason why it's suddenly urgent for the ghosts to finish their business--they're business -- they're needed because new babies are being born soon.


* FakingEngineTRouble: The trolley bus driver fakes engine trouble as a way of delaying looking for souls, so they will have time to complete their unfinished business. It should be noted that the being he is attempting to fool with this ploy is God.

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* FakingEngineTRouble: FakingEngineTrouble: The trolley bus driver fakes engine trouble as a way of delaying looking for the missing souls, so they will have time to complete their unfinished business. It should be noted that the being he is attempting to fool with this ploy is God.

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* FakingEngineTRouble: The trolley bus driver fakes engine trouble as a way of delaying looking for souls, so they will have time to complete their unfinished business. It should be noted that the being he is attempting to fool with this ploy is God.


In 1959, four people riding on a bus and Hal (David Palmer), the bus driver, get killed in a crash. The bus crashed into a car with a woman going into labor. Hal ascends to {{Heaven}} while the other four get stuck anchored to the newborn baby. The baby is named "Thomas," and only he can see the four of them. After seven years of being his invisible friends, their effect on him is noticed and Thomas is about to be sent into a psychiatric hospital, so they resolve to become invisible to him so they don't ruin his life.

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In 1959, four people riding on a bus and Hal (David Palmer), Paymer), the bus driver, get killed in a crash. The bus crashed into a car with a woman going into labor. Hal ascends to {{Heaven}} while the other four get stuck anchored to the newborn baby. The baby is named "Thomas," and only he can see the four of them. After seven years of being his invisible friends, their effect on him is noticed and Thomas is about to be sent into a psychiatric hospital, so they resolve to become invisible to him so they don't ruin his life.


A 1993 film directed by Ron Underwood and starring RobertDowneyJr.

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A 1993 film directed by Ron Underwood and starring RobertDowneyJr.
Creator/RobertDowneyJr.

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* EmpathicEnvironment: It immediately starts to rain on Julia and Thomas [[spoiler: when she discovers John died many years ago and she won't be able to see or speak to him.]]

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* AfterlifeExpress: The bus

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* AfterlifeExpress: The busbus.
* AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence: The ghosts were supposed to have ascended long before the bus driver eventually comes back for them. They each need to resolve their UnfinishedBusiness so the bus can transport them "on" because their souls are needed for new babies.
* BigBrotherMentor: Harrison and Milo for Thomas.
* BirthDeathJuxtaposition: Julia, Penny, Harrison, and Milo are all killed in a bus crash that Thomas's parents barely escape themselves. Thomas is born moments later at the scene of the accident.
* ClosedCircle: The ghosts are cosmically tied to Thomas and can only remain a certain distance from him without being pulled back.



* TheFifties / TheSixties: The setting during Thomas's birth and childhood.
* FireForgedFriends: The four bus passengers died as strangers but become very close as they spend decades together in the afterlife.
* FourIsDeath: Four innocent bus passengers are killed because the driver wasn't paying attention to the road.
* TheFourLoves: The ghosts each represent a different kind of love based on their relationship with Thomas or their final tasks: Harrison is fatherly love, Milo is friendly love, Penny is unconditional love, and Julia is romantic love.
* GhostlyGoals:
** Penny needs to find her children, who became orphans after her death.
** Milo needs to return the valuable stamps he stole to the rightful owner.
** Harrison needs to overcome his stage fright and sing in public.
** Julia needs to find her long lost boyfriend John and tell him she always loved him.
* GrandTheftMe: Julia and Milo embarrass Thomas during a board meeting when they take over his body. The ghosts threaten to forcibly take over Thomas's body again if he does not willingly help them.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: The ghosts.

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* ISeeThemToo: A woman in the psychiatric ward at the hospital is the only other person besides Thomas who can see the ghosts.
* NotSoImaginaryFriend: The ghosts. For most of his life, Thomas believed the ghosts he knew as a child were imaginary friends. He is shocked to find out they were all once real people.


* Milo Peck (TomSizemore): A thief who was killed before he got the chance to go straight.

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* Milo Peck (TomSizemore): (Tom Sizemore): A thief who was killed before he got the chance to go straight.

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