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What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come
What Dreams May Come
  • PG-13
  • 1h 53m
  • 1998
Common Sense Media Iconage 13+
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Academy Award® winners Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. embark on a supernatural journey beyond the realm of mortality in this visually stunning and unforgettable epic. After Chris Nielsen (Williams) dies in an accident, he tries to remain close to his beautiful mortal wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra). With the friendly spirit (Gooding, Jr.) assigned to guide him, he begins to adapt to his new state of being in a setting that can only be described as heavenly. But when his distraught wife takes her own life, she is banished to an eternal damnation. Chris vows to find her so they can share eternity together, but no one has ever succeeded in rescuing a soul from such a horrific fate. With the help of his heavenly friends, Chris sets out on the most perilous and harrowing journey of his life, or afterlife: a quest for everlasting love that will take him to hell and back!
© 1998 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

Critics Consensus: An insubstantial plot overshadows the beautiful, surreal scenery.
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Lush drama is emotionally intense; some scary imagery.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that What Dreams May Come is a 1998 movie in which Robin Williams plays a man killed in a car crash who must leave heaven to rescue his wife from hell after she commits suicide. The movie doesn't shy away from emotional intensity, especially with parents trying to cope with the tragic deaths of their children, as well as the wife later trying to cope with the untimely death of her husband. As if the deaths of children and a father weren't enough, there's also talk in the movie of a father with his kids about how it's time to put their dog to sleep. The demonic imagery of hell will be too intense for younger and more sensitive viewers -- evocations of wailing and screaming damned souls trapped in lakes and buried up to their necks in mud (featuring a cameo from the director Werner Herzog). Talk of suicide -- a woman has visible scars from trying to slit her wrist. Talk of divorce. Talk of mental and emotional instability. Some profanity, including use of "f--k." Cigarette smoking. A bird defecates paint on the lead character; the colors splatter off his shoulder.

A Lot or A Little?

The parents’ guide to what’s in this movie.
Positive Messages
Positive Role Models
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Drama, Fantasy
  • Release Date:October 2, 1998
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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  • Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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