Elliot Hopper (Cosby) is a middle-aged widower with three children. After an incident with an insane taxicab driver, it is apparent that he is dead and now a ghost who can only be seen in darkness. Realizing that he has not arranged for life insurance for his three children, he attempts to return to work to close a merger with his company so that the money could provide for them. Hilarity Ensues.
The movie contains examples of:
- Berserk Button: Edith really doesn't respond well when someone points out that his name is a girl's name.
- Dead All Along: Inverted. It turns out that Elliot actually survived the taxi crash and is in a coma in the hospital. The "ghost" that we've been following is actually an astral projection that Elliot has been projecting from his hospital bed.
- Deranged Taxi Driver: Elliot makes the epic mistake of catching a ride with Satanist taxi driver Curtis Burch, who drives erratically and screams about obeying his "Dark Master" (Elliot pretends to be Satan and commands him to stop, causing Burch to drive the cab into a river). When he runs into Burch again at the end, Elliot orders him to go straight to hell and Burch ecstatically drives off.
- Drives Like Crazy: The Satanist cab driver Curtis Burch takes him on a wild ride, often not even looking at the road.
- Gender-Blender Name: Edith is not a boy's name. It is the name of an elderly Englishman who was named after his grandmother.
- Hollywood Satanism: The taxi driver Curtis Burch demands that Elliot "accept the Lord Satan as the Supreme Being," something that a real-life Satanist would probably never do. Then again, he's batshit insane, which is a weak justification.
- Insistent Terminology: Edith insists that the male version of his Gender-Blender Name is pronounced "Ed-Ith".
- Intangibility: One of the powers a ghost gains.
- Jerkass: Tony Ricker. He outright tells the father of the woman he wants to date to "Put the bitch on."
- Our Ghosts Are Different: The ability to become a ghost after death is genetic. Like haemophilia or sickle-cell anaemia. And you don't have to be dead.
- Apparently, spirits dissipate from view under strong light, but the film's very dodgy continuity issues make it unclear as to how this works or just how much light is needed; how vulnerable Elliot is depends entirely on the scene in question.
- Papa Wolf: After hearing his daughter's boyfriend tell him rudely to put his daughter on the phone, Elliot goes through the phone to choke him and tells him to never talk to, look at, or think of her ever again.
- Reaching Between the Lines: Eliot literally does this when Tony calls his daughter a bitch.
- Skewed Priorities: Apparently, death is like hiccups, since Elliot decides getting a business deal done is more important than, you know, reconciling he's dead.
- Suddenly SHOUTING!: Elliot and the scientist do this when arguing over if Edith, the name of the scientist, is a girl's name.
- The Taxi: Elliot takes one, but it turns out to be driven by a crazy Satanist named Curtis Burch.
- Unexplained Recovery: The insane taxi cab driver Curtis Burch, despite being in the same taxi that fell off a bridge, turns up alive and driving another taxi at the end of the film.
- When You Coming Home, Dad?: Elliot is a workaholic. Ironically, this is because he wants to provide for his children, but his long hours make him neglectful.