But then fortune strikes, as an old university student turned session player (Questlove) runs into Joe with the possibility of a life span. The legendary jazz trumpeter Dorothea Washington (Angela Bassett) wants a pianist to accompany her at that night’s gig. Joe aces the audition, and is so thrilled that he wanders out into the street, falls down a manhole, and dies. Finish of movie. Cue closing credits.
Just kidding! Joe could be lifeless, but he’s not finished. We following see his soul, a minor blobby issue that appears to be like the Funko Pop version of his dwelling self, driving an infinite cosmic Persons Mover with other not long ago departed souls on their way to the Excellent Outside of. But Joe is not ready. He’s obtained to make that gig, so he jumps off the escalator and goes on the run as a fugitive from destiny.
Just after slipping by means of numerous dimensions, Joe lands in the Wonderful In advance of, a sweet-colored preschool of types that gets pre-born souls geared up to enter the planet. Individual counselors that glimpse like cubist portraits nurture the cute tiny souls along, and lately deceased famed persons like Archimedes and Shakespeare mentor the souls to come across their “spark” — the point that will give them objective in existence.
Joe ends up impersonating 1 of the mentors, and is assigned a recalcitrant soul named No. 22 (Tina Fey) who has resisted numerous attempts to be born. I won’t reveal how, but in some way Joe and No. 22 make it to Earth, but not in the way they expected. As No. 22 learns the joys of everyday living (pizza, autumn leaves), Joe begins to rethink his conviction that his lifestyle will only have which means if he gets a famed musician.