Dear God

Updated June 26, 2020 | Infoplease Staff
Director:Garry Marshall
Writers:Warren Leight and Ed Kaplan
Director of Photography:Charles Minsky
Editor:Debra Neil-Fisher
Music:Jeremy Lubbock and James Patrick Dunne
Production Designer:Albert Brenner
Producer:Steve Tisch
Paramount; PG; 110 minutes
Cast:Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf, Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Roscoe Lee Browne, Anna Maria Horsford and Hector Elizondo

Only a slight improvement over Marshall's last outing, Exit to Eden, Dear God is the stuff of a half-hour sitcom, not a feature film. Caught in an airline-ticket scam, petty con man Tom Turner (Kinnear) is sentenced to a year of labor in the U.S. Postal Service. Turner ends up in the Dead Letter Office, assigned to letters addressed to God. Not only does he answer the letters, but he also starts playing God. His do-gooding is contagious, and soon his co-workers are traipsing around Los Angeles answering prayers and bringing hope to the hopeless. An enthusiastic performance by Kinnear and a strong supporting cast, led by Metcalf and Conway, are wasted in this treacly tale.

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