Dear God (1996)



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Movie Info

Working in a local post office, Tom accidentally reads a heartrending letter written to God. Touched by its sincerity, Tom decides to respond to it. When his co-workers find out what a positive effect his gesture had, they encourage him to keep playing "God" and respond to more letters.

Rating: PG (adult situations)
Genre: Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Warren Leight, Ed Kaplan
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 27, 2004


as Tom Turner

as Rebecca Frazen

as Gloria McKinney

as Herman Dooly

as Idris Abraham

as Handsome

as Vladek Vidov

as Whispering Wendy

as Webster

as Federal Prosecutor

as Judge Kits Van Heyni...

as State Judge

as Preston Sweeney

as Mom Turner

as Himself (uncredited)

as Homeless Trumpeter

as Gerard

as Doubting Thomas Mini...

as Emanda Maine

as Junior

as Joey McKinney

as Greek Bailiff

as Greek Daughter

as Southern Tourist

as Southern Tourist

as Information Booth Cl...

as Parade Father

as Sister Charlotte

as Sarah Alcott

as Theo

as Madame Zema

as Joey's Friend

as Regular Customer

as Regular Customer

as Regular Customer

as Cousin Guy The Posta...

as Doug Diamond

as Postal Window Clerk

as Postal Window Clerk

as Postal Customer

as Postal Customer

as Postal Customer

as Postal Signer

as Rich Postal Customer

as Postal Cashier

as Juggling Biker

as Prophet Woman

as Neighbor with Dog

as Neighbor with Dog

as Petting Zoo Man

as Marguerite

as Marguerite's Son

as Petting Zoo Kid

as Normandie Arms Tenan...

as Crystal Fricker

as Female Minister

as Sidewalk Minister

as Teacher

as Charlie at Bowl

as Homeless Man

as Salvation Army Guy

as Adult Twin Nurse

as Adult Twin Nurse

as Federal Clerk

as State D.A.

as Ernesto on Scaffold

as Assistant Prosecutor

as Court Officer

as Court Officer

as Court Photographer

as Undercover Cop

as Undercover Cop

as Undercover Cop

as Camerawoman

as News Video Cameraman

as Local Newscaster

as Herself

as Celebrity in Parade

as Celebrity in Parade
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Critic Reviews for Dear God

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (11)

It unfortunately has an unfinished quality, and plays very much like a good first draft for a much better movie than the one on view.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

Together, these characters discover the ideas of faith and fellowship as the film congratulates itself on its noble instincts.

Full Review… | May 20, 2003
New York Times
Top Critic

A goofy, goodwill gesture toward the U.S. Postal Service, it's never funny and moves slower than an unaddressed letter without postage.

Full Review… | January 22, 2002
Washington Post
Top Critic

As trite as the framework is, Dear God might have been a charming holiday film, if only its miracles weren't so trite.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A sickeningly bad pastiche of much better pictures.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

It is a limp, lifeless story starring Greg Kinnear as a con man who becomes a do-gooder, and one of its many problems is that he was a lot more entertaining as a con man.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Dear God


I definitely wasn't expecting an Oscar winning performance out of a movie like "Dear God" but I still enjoyed it. It was cute.

Jenna Wissink

First off, this film was too long and the best characters only mildly entertaining. But it gets worse. Dear God is the type of film that wants you to think a positive inspirational message, while really, the only reason it was made is that Hollywood needed a non-R/PG-13 rated movie so that easily-offended families will still attend theaters.

Tom, a ex-con artist trying to rebuild his life in his new job as a postal worker, and his fellow employees all decide to start a grassroots group that looks at the problems people have written to God about (hence the title) and do what they can to fix them. The movie acts like all the problems in the world are simply a matter of unfortunate circumstances, and hence are easily fixable. Never do they run into someone with problems that require in sort of meaningful personal change. Even the man trying to commit suicide is easily talked out of it. What we're left with is a group of people with too much free time doing chores for and helping out people who have too little free time. If they had taken this idea for what is, maybe a movie could have been salvaged out of it, but instead it tries to stretch for far more than its worth. It's clear the writers/directors were far more concerned about not offending anyone than about communicating any sort of meaningful story or message to the audience.

The preview builds this movie up to be more interesting than it is. I wouldn't even refer this as a movie for a bored day, as it will bore you even more.

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