OVER HER DEAD BODY is a cute romantic comedy marred by some foul language, implied sex and occult attempts to communicate with the dead.
Eva Longoria Parker from TV’s DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES plays Kate, a bride who has become fanatic about the details of her wedding. Things go from bad to tragic when she is crushed to death by a huge angel ice sculpture. She winds up at some cloudlike entrance to an afterlife and chews out the hostess, who promptly disappears.
Back on earth, her husband-to-be, Henry, struggles for a year to get over the loss. His sister, Chloe (played by Lindsey Sloane), talks him into seeing a psychic named Ashley (played by Lake Bell), with the hope she can get his dead wife to tell him to move on with his life. Henry is highly skeptical, and Ashley is an inept psychic. Chloe decides to “help” by giving Ashley the dead wife’s diary. With the help of the diary, Ashley convinces Henry she has amazing powers. Henry livens up and takes a liking to Ashley. Then, the dead Kate comes back into the picture as a jealous ghost intent on keeping Henry from pursuing a romance with Ashley, but Ashley is the only one who can see Kate.
Many opportunities arise in this movie for comedy, including a visit to a priest for an exorcism. The movie is actually critical of psychics but, nonetheless, in a culture where children are not properly instructed about death, judgment, salvation, and the afterlife, this movie cannot help. It gives the impression the dead wander around as ghosts tying to complete assignments. However, unlike Clarence in IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE, they can be pranksters who play nasty jokes on the living.
Admittedly, the movie is a well-made romantic comedy, not intended to be taken seriously, but even light-hearted comedy can mislead unsuspecting children to adopt wrong beliefs about morality and theology. The movie implies a sexual encounter between an unmarried couple, discusses how women relate to a homosexual man, and uses the rite of exorcism as a joke. OVER HER DEAD BODY also contains some foul language. What God calls abhorrent is still abhorrent even if it’s presented in a light-hearted comedy.
(RoRo, OO, Ho, C, Ab, LL, S, N, A, M) Strong Romantic worldview with strong occult and light homosexual elements includes incompetent psychic attempts to hear from the dead, psychic uses a diary to fake hearing from the dead, ghost appears to psychic, ghost plays jokes on psychic, including pretending to disintegrate when psychic brings in a priest to exorcize the ghost; five light obscenities and seven profanities; no violence; unmarried couple begins a sexual encounter with ghost watching and man pretends to be homosexual to be the “non-threatening friend” of a woman; ghost tricks psychic while she is in the shower, she runs for safety dressed only in bubbles and a towel that covers her waste, arm covers her breasts and upper male nudity; modest alcohol use; no smoking or drugs; and, dishonesty, trickery.
OVER HER DEAD BODY is a cute romantic comedy marred by some foul language, implied sexual immorality and occult content. The movie opens with a details-fanatic bride named Kate being crushed to death by a huge angel ice sculpture. A year later, Henry, the bridegroom, is still mourning Kate’s death. Henry’s sister urges him to see a psychic named Ashley. She tries to help Ashley by giving Ashley Kate’s diary. When Henry starts to fall for Ashley, Kate returns as a ghost to harass Ashley and break up the relationship.
OVER HER DEAD BODY is entertaining and not intended to be taken seriously, but even light-hearted comedy can mislead people into adopting wrong beliefs. The movie implies a pre-marital sexual encounter, discusses how women relate to a homosexual man, and uses the rite of exorcism as a joke. The movie is critical of psychics but gives a false impression of the afterlife by saying that dead people wander around as ghosts tying to complete assignments. The good news is that we do not earn salvation through good deeds but are saved by a loving God through faith in Jesus Christ.