Dear God 1996 PG CC

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Special delivery for comedy fans! Greg Kinnear ( Auto Focus) stars in and Garry Marshall ( Pretty Woman) directs this spirit-lifter about a money-scamming con artist who goes from no-good to doing good.

Starring:
Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf
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1 hour 53 minutes

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Dear God

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Product Details

Genres Comedy
Director Garry Marshall
Starring Greg Kinnear, Laurie Metcalf
Supporting actors Maria Pitillo, Tim Conway, Hector Elizondo, Jon Seda, Roscoe Lee Browne, Anna Maria Horsford, Kathleen Marshall, Isadora O'Boto, Felix Pire, Donal Logue, Sam McMurray, Nancy Marchand, Larry Miller, Rue McClanahan, Jack Sheldon, Coolio, Toby Huss, Stephanie Niznik
Studio Paramount
MPAA rating PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

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He make the right choice to stop living a life of crime.
Kathy Price
This movie does just that, a great story line, high budget, well known actors and actresses, it is a genuinely funny movie.
Paul A J Flynn
It's good for an enjoyable evening, but don't go in expecting Academy Award winning material.
Eric Raines

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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2003
Format: VHS Tape
Greg Kinnear plays a small-time scam artist that is arrested and sentenced to find gainful employment for a year. He ends up in the DLO (Dead Letter Office) of Los Angeles' post office, working with a colorful collection of characters headed up by his supervisor (Hector Elizondo) and a former postal carrier (Tim Conway).
Kinnear decides to open one of the DLO letters addressed to God, and ends up answering it by mistake. Soon, his colleagues want in on the action and decide that they, too, want to start answering some of the letters written to God. Warm fuzzies ensue.
However, before too long, news media and the Post Office take notice. One of the DLO employees is arrested and Kinnear is left with a decision to make - let the other guy take the fall or own up to his part in it all.
A humorous courtroom scene follows along with a happy ending.
This isn't a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it is enjoyable and worth a few laughs. Each off-the-wall character acts consistently thoroughout the film. Each, in their own way, contributes to the humor of the film.
It's a light-hearted, feel-good film about the power of doing good.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Alycia Detvay on November 16, 2002
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I remember seeing this in the theatre and I really think this is a fun movie to watch. Greg Kinnear is fun, the rest of the characters are great to watch, and even though the story is a little weak at times, it still makes you laugh. It also shows that when people band together, there's a lot they can accomplish.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 2002
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I absolutely loved this movie. The acting is wonderful, the laughs are many, and it moves quickly. It's a beautiful story that will leave your heart smiling.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By SanteeFats on August 17, 2013
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Greg Kinnear plays a compulsive gambler who is in debt to a loan shark. He must get a job after appearing in court and getting offered a choice between going to jail and getting that job. He winds up at the Post Office for the Christmas period and when he inadvertently opens up a letter to God. For some reason he decides to answer it with some jewelry he steals from the Post Office dead letter files. When he sends his cashed paycheck along it is an accident and he chases it but can't get it. The rest of the dead letter staff gets the spirit and things keep giving. There are several well known actors in this movie and they do an excellent job. Tim Conway, Laurie Metcalf, Hector Elizondo (although it is a reach to see a Hispanic having to portray what I guess is suppose to be a Russian accent), and Roscoe Lee Brown. When Brown gets pinched for giving a horn to a bum musician he gets grabbed by the Feds. Greg comes forward and says he did it all. At trial the whole gang comes forth and states they are the leader. Of course all ends well for the good guys.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By survivor5 on August 2, 2013
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Great movie. Maybe more for women than men but it is a very cute movie. Gives hope to the world that there are still good guys
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Burroughs on January 31, 2014
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This is one of the those movies where there is a real plot and not just a bunch of action or computer images. No oscars here but deffinately a good movie
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. (Harry) Hernandez VINE VOICE on January 9, 2014
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DEAR GOD (1996, 113 minutes) I suspect is one of Greg Kinnear's several "big-time debuts". I don't think he has yet hit the high public-star-quality note that he deserves. Though this appears to be only a TV film, it is quite hilarious--and has deep messages I suspect we need more today than ever.

Tom the Worm (Kinnear) has pulled his last con job to try to pay off his horse racing debts--or so he thinks. Being ordered by the court to get a job or else face jail, Tom's cousin gets him a shot at the post office. Tom lands in the Dead Letter Office, sorting hilarious correspondences addressed to everyone from Elvis to "Martians"--and is stunned to find a gigantic influx of letters to God.

This tried to be warm as well as funny but I think it fails with the former. Funny it is, an unusual "oddball comedy" from the 1990s when oddballs were really falling out of fashion. Kinnear needed a vehicle, and the number of surprise cameos clues the viewer to the importance of this production. It's no more than a TV movie but it usually hits the right spots. Tom's decision to respond to "the God letters" in order to see if he can eventually scam some cash turns into a most fascinating lesson in compassion.

You'll laugh your eyes out at Tom's coworkers--Tim Conway does an excellent and today forgotten job as a former carrier who was sent down, and Jack Klugman makes a shockingly funny cameo too. I'm not so certain this deserves to be in a DVD collection--perhaps if you fancy yourself an archivist or something--but it is a truly humorous look at the U.S. Postal Serrvice as it was in the mid-1990s, pre-9/11, and the funny coffee-house-culture that ran amok before Baby Bush decimated our nation.

You haven't lived until you see Hector Elizondo as Tom's Russian boss. A Russian, in the Post Office in the mid-1990s! This is one of the best cameos I've ever seen, but I won't spoil it which tips you off: watch Elizondo carefully.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Betty J. Conklin on November 14, 2013
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I REMEMBERED THIS MOVIE FROM SEEING IT SOME YEARS BACK. I ENJOY GOOD MOVIES. THIS IS A DELIGHTFUL STORY. I HAVE BEEN VERY PLEASED WITH VIEWING IT. IT CAME IN PERFECT CONDITION AND I LOOK FORWARD TO WATCHING IT MUCH MORE.
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