If all angels looked this good and dressed this baaad, it would be as hard to get into heaven as into an all-star rap concert. Denzel Washington, an angel on loan to a fretful preacher (Courtney B. Vance) and his pretty wife (Whitney Houston), is really here to sell the miracle of star quality. In his gorgeous silver three-piece suit, Washington makes niceness sexy. His fellow teachers in this charm-school film are Houston, with her 60 beautiful teeth; old pro Jenifer Lewis as the requisite sassy grandma and, in the Grinch role, Gregory Hines, his magnificently phony smile romanticizing each act...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!