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  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
    • One child's Batman Gambit to save his mom from Hell.
    • Did Chris Nielsen's attempts to communicate with the living after death do more harm than good? Why didn't his Spirit Advisor warn him about the dangers of making contact with those who knew him before he did it?
  • Awesome Music: Michael Kamen is at his best here.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Suicide victims end up in Hell? One hopes that's not really true, given Robin Williams's suicide.
    • Some of the voices in Hell were played by Mary Kay Bergman, who also committed suicide.
    • The whole movie has become this, although the redemption of the suicidal character in the film may help ease the pain of grief-stricken viewers. Seeing Williams discuss the movie one year prior to his death is also unsettling, specially as he mentions that it was a difficult experience "dealing with death and being in hell literally".
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    • When Chris is with his dog Katie and comes across Albert Lewis, who is standing in the water, Chris recognizes him in his youth. Albert exclaims, "You last saw me when I was 63 stretched out on a cardiac ward... who wants to be 63 throughout eternity?!" Robin Williams passed away at age 63.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The brief glimpse inside the closed casket of one of Chris and Annie's dead kids.
    • Chris comes upon a multi-car accident scene in a tunnel. Going to help a woman trapped hanging upside down in her car, Chris turns and sees another car flying through the air toward him right before the screen cuts to black. That, and the overhead views of him lying bloody on the road and later in a hospital bed is also extremely unsettling.
  • Tear Jerker: A huge portion of the film, really. Every scene of Annie after the deaths of the children is her unhappy. Chris is holding it together just for her. His despair as he's unable to be with either of them in Heaven is palpable. And the entire Hell scene.
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  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Robin Williams's daughter is very androgynous, and it's perfectly possible to go through most of the movie thinking she's a boy.
  • Vindicated by History: The film didn't do that great in the box office when it first came out, and certainly wasn't a film that would come to anyone's mind when they think of Robin Williams. In 2014, it rose to the top of the charts on iTunes and Amazon. Sadly, the main reason for this is because of Robin Williams's own passing, which caused fans to turn to this movie for comfort due to its themes of love and sacrifice.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: Such a gorgeous movie! It even won the Visual Effects Academy Award over the Scenery Gorn of Armageddon and the intricate animatronics of Mighty Joe Young.

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