The premise of the film, the latest adaptation of Henry Segall's play Heaven Can Wait, was Lance Barton's takeover of another body/life after being called to die before his time. Lance, a struggling comic, chooses the body of Charles Wellington III, a wealthy businessman, as a way to Sontee, his love interest before dying.
Lance is able to takeover Wellington's body as the body wasn't yet discovered after Wellington was poisoned & left to drown by his assistant, Winston Sklar, in a plot co-conspired by Wellington's wife/Sklar's lover, Amber. So when Wellington(now ran by Lance) emerges, both are left stunned.
Later, when Wellington confronts the two about their murder attempt(catching them in the middle of a quickie nontheless), he tells them his intentions to let bygones be bygones, as he intends to pursue Sontee. Amber is stunned, to which Wellington instructs Sklar to keep her busy & out of his affairs.
Left rattled at the events, Amber breaks off the affair w/Sklar, telling him of her intentions to win her husband back. Her first attempt is to coordinate a threesome w/Blanche, an older woman that the real Wellington apparently had interest in. As Lance didn't share the same interest, he walks away disgustedly. Her last attempt is a hip-hop makeover, inspired by Wellington's urban changes. He responds by requesting a divorce in which she can have whatever she wanted. This is the last we see of Amber.
As Wellington is killed by a sniper(hired by Sklar) shortly after, the news reports denote her as still his widow.
- As an updated adaptation, the Amber Wellington is a variation of the Julia Farnsworth character from the 2 previous adaptations: 1941's Here Comes Mr. Jordan & 1978's Heaven Can Wait.
- Jennifer Coolidge also appeared as villainess Fiona Montgomery in the 2004 film A Cinderella Story.