If memory serves me right, this was about a lonely teenage girl,Sara, that thought her life was worthless and unimportant. She lives alone with her loving mother and has upbeat optimistic best and only friend,Amy. Amy is very happy to be Sara's friend. Even though Sara is extremely depressed and short tempered all the time. Sara tells Amy to leave her alone and stop bugging her. Amy leaves in tears.
Like "Its a wonderful life" she starts thinking that life would be better off without her. Enter teen angel Oliver on his last chance to make it into the angel band. He grants her wish of never being born. Amy goes back to the town not believing the Angel has done this.
What she finds is a childless mother that's living alone who resembles a deranged cat lady.
yet the saddest thing is what has become of her best friend Amy. I clearly remember the dramatic scene of Amy begging Sara's mother to tell her what happened to Sara.
"Who are you?"
"I'm Amy's friend"
if only that was true...If only she had had some friends even one good friend"
the film climaxes with Sara finding Amy's gravestone in a storm,of course. Angel Oliver appears and explains that without her friendship. Amy became extremely lonely took her own life. Sara argues that Amy wouldn't do that. That she was a happy person. But Oliver yells back over the thunder "that's only because you were a part of that life.Don't you see Sarah we all contribute something to the people around us."
Sara begs for her life back. She wakes up with her friend Amy still tearful and getting her books she left earlier. Sara hugs Amy and apologizes. Oliver gets into the angel band and Sara has learned a valuable lesson
yeah it was cheesy but I remember thinking it was cool. of course i was only a kid at the time and my recall of this after school special is a little blurry.
Meg Ryan is a legend in her own mind -- the hottest thing in school. Matthew Modine is the new kid in school, and he is assigned to be lab partner with Amy. He treats her well, and Amy feels a little better about things. Later, he asks to see Amy at the garden shop after work. Amy knows that the big dance is coming up, and thinks he is going to ask her out (WOW).
Then, Meg sinks her teeth into the new boy, and dumps a tray of food into Amy. She runs out of the lunchroom (not knowing that Modine tells Meg to flake off). During her next day at work, Amy wonders if Modine will still show up. Well, he doesn't show up (and doesn't even call to cancel). This is the last straw. Amy decides to commit suicide.
James Earl Jones and Hermione Gingold send a young angel to stop Amy from dying. He tries several things to make Amy feel better, but Amy says she wishes she had never been born. Voila, she hasn't been born.
This new existence shows Amy that she has had a powerfully positive influence on all of the people in her life.
P.S., This is the First movie for Meg Ryan ... and Helen Slater ... and Matthew Modine. Whoever did the casting has a good eye.