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Date with an Angel Reviews

A simple and rather charming movie with the feel of a Frank Capra film, DATE WITH AN ANGEL opens as a heavenly messenger (Emmanuelle Beart) is sent to claim the life of a young man. Swooping toward Earth, the angel collides with a communications satellite and plummets uncontrollably into the swimming pool of Jim Saunders (Michael E. Knight), the young man she seeks. He is recovering from his bachelor party when he is awakened by the splash. He revives the angel and fixes her broken wing in a splint. While the angel's mission is on hold as her wing mends, an unsuspecting Jim has to try to explain this beautiful stranger to his fiance and also protect her from his buddies who want to exploit this incredible find. This could have been botched in a hundred ways, falling into cheap sentiment or becoming a worthless chase movie or something similar, but, thanks almost entirely to Beart, it all works. Bathed in white light, she exerts the same kind of goodwill over the audience that she does over the characters in the film, all without speaking a word. Director Tom McLoughlin deftly keeps his story on track.