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George Burns stars as God when He comes to Earth, business card in hand, but has a hard time convincing his chosen messenger Jerry Landers (John Denver), an assistant manager of a local supermarket, that he is really God. Once convinced, Jerry has a hard time convincing his family and the rest of the world that he hasn't gone insane.]]>
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George Burns plays wonderfully as God and the ensuing scenes where he convinces Denver that he is who he says he is have an enduring and endearing quality. His message is simple. God is alive. God cares. We have been given everything we need to make it work - and it can, if we want it to. Convincing the world, however, is another matter. From the religious editor at the LA Times who thinks Denver is just another fruitcake to Denver's boss at Food World who is offended that Denver would suggest that God would pick an unbelieving assistant manager instead of him, a man who has prayed with Billy Graham, no less, all the personalities come out. After an appearance on Dinah Shore, spaced out weirdos show up on his lawn and harass his kids and wife. Finally, a panel of religious experts agree to give Denver a set of questions that he could not possibly answer (they are written in Aramaic). After completing the questions, Denver delivers his package and a few choice words from God to a stereotypical televangelist (aka "God's Own Quarterback" - having delivered the benediction at this year's Superbowl). The film finally culminates in a courtroom scene where Burns, as God, gives a powerful delivery.
This film has some of the best writing. Burns has many humorous lines - it IS a comedy - but he also has some pretty profound and meaningful lines. In an obvious reference to the film The Exorcist, he comments on how easy it is for people to believe in the devil. But not God.Read more ›
I really enjoyed this movie because while it is undeniably funny with some good lines provided by Burns and great chemistry between him and John Denver on screen - it is also very thought provoking. It makes some good points about religion and how we can perceive God - He can be whatever we want Him to be. ("I`m coming at you in a way you can understand" says Burns to Denver).
I think anyone would enjoy this movie. It has great comic performances, and John Denver proves his talents weren`t just confined to singing.
Critique: A surprise box-office hit when first released, it spawned other sequels that proved interesting ('OH! GOD! BOOK 2', 'OH! GOD! YOU DEVIL'). 81 year old George Burns shines as the perennial God, a role that he played with sweet abandonment. His deliveries of lines are perfectly executed. This God seems to have an answer for everything: on creating the world he quips; "to tell you the truth I thought about it for 6 days and did the whole thing in 1". What's most interesting is that the film takes an unbiased, non-religious look at our Creator. This God doesn't believe in religions or its leaders, and sees "human suffering" as being our fault (not his) since we perpetrate the acts. No wonder the very simple themes and in-jokes appealed to so many.
QUOTE: Jerry: "Sometimes, now and then, couldn't we just talk?" God: "Tell you what, you talk I'll listen."
On the contrary, "Oh God!" makes me laugh, but also makes me think about why I exist and why good and bad things happen. I like the script very much. There are some funny moments as Burns tries to convince Denver that he's God. The rain in the car scene is my favorite.
But the movie also is intelligent and thought-provoking, especially when Burns gives his answers to the questions that are asked of him in the hotel.
There are very few special effects in this movie, and I think that also makes it stronger and more believable.
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I have always loved this movie...it's good for the soul!Published 13 days ago by Extremely Disappointed
I seen this movie when it came out in the theater....
It is not a action packed film.
But as a comedy, it delivers on a GREAT message.....!
Imagine if God appeared to you--and to no one else--and gave you an assignment to spread the word about Him. Read morePublished 18 days ago by D. Davidson
It is a CLASSIC!
Enjoyed every minute of it.
We lost John Denver way to early in this life.
I will keep this movie forever!!
This is a very cute movie with "God" trying to communicate to the general public that he believes in them and is waiting for them to "rise to the occasion. Read morePublished 29 days ago by ClarityOfMind
Weird but true. I saw this as kid in the 70's and one night recently I got it into my head that I wanted to see it again. Hokey? Yeah. Well acted? Yeah. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Ben E Frey