Dear God (1996)

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Con artist Tom Turner (Greg Kinnear) is caught red-handed and sentenced by a compassionate judge to get and keep an honest job for an entire year. He is also ordered to abstain from conning or scams of any kind. If he succeeds, the judge will erase his criminal record. With that promise ringing in his ears, Turner gets a job working in the Dead Letter division of a local post office. There he finds himself force to figure out what to do with letters addressed to a variety of mythical figures including Superman, Elvis and God. Though post office rules strictly forbid it, Tom accidentally reads a heartrending letter written to God. Touched by its sincerity, Tom decides that no one will be harmed if he responds to it. Though he only meant to send the needful writer a little costume jewelry and an upbeat letter, he accidentally sends her his entire paycheck. His attempts to get the money back fail and when his loopy co-workers find out what a positive effect his accidental gesture had on the poor woman's life, they encourage him to keep on playing "God" and respond to more letters. His motives for doing so are not entirely altruistic, but he continues helping people until he is once again caught and sent to court for yet another trial.
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PG (adult situations)
Genre:
Comedy
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Paramount

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Cast

Greg Kinnear
as Tom Turner
Donal Logue
as Webster
Garry Marshall
as Preston Sweeney
Tim Conway
as Herman Dooly
Jon Seda
as Handsome
Hector Elizondo
as Vladek Vidov
Roscoe Lee Browne
as Idris Abraham
Nancy Marchand
as Judge Kits Van Heynigan
Larry Miller
as State Judge
Laurie Metcalf
as Rebecca Frazen
Steve Tisch
as Neighbor with Dog
David Hasselhoff
as Himself (uncredited)
Tim Stack
as Cousin Guy The Postal Cop
Coolio
as Gerard
John Pinette
as Junior
Stephanie Niznik
as Emanda Maine
Patrick Richwood
as Federal Clerk
Maria Pitillo
as Gloria McKinney
Rick Hill
as Parade Father
Kathleen Marshall
as Whispering Wendy
Rue McClanahan
as Mom Turner
Sean O'Bryan
as Undercover Cop
Valerie Wildman
as Southern Tourist
Sam McMurray
as Federal Prosecutor
Elinor Donahue
as Celebrity in Parade
Tom Hines
as Theo
Dom Magwili
as Teacher
Erin Moran
as Celebrity in Parade
Shannon Wilcox
as Madame Zema
Mel Novak
as Sidewalk Minister
Ellen Cleghorne
as Marguerite
Jane Morris
as Sarah Alcott
Toby Huss
as Doubting Thomas Minister
Jack Sheldon
as Homeless Trumpeter
Marcus Toji
as Petting Zoo Kid
Timi Prulhiere
as Southern Tourist
Greg Lewis
as Greek Bailiff
Isadora O'Boto
as Hot Mary
Seth Mumy
as Joey McKinney
Joyce Brothers
as Herself
Jeris Poindexter
as Local Newscaster
Jim Meskimen
as State D.A.
Mariana Morgan
as Neighbor with Dog
Jill Lover
as Regular Customer
Joanna Heimbold
as Undercover Cop
Hope Alexander-Willis
as Female Minister
Mona Lyden
as Crystal Fricker
Renee Albert
as Camerawoman
Bonnie Aarons
as Prophet Woman
Harvey Keenan
as Homeless Man
Don Feldstein
as Charlie at Bowl
Marvin Braverman
as Petting Zoo Man
Allan Kent
as Court Officer
Carol Williard
as Court Photographer
Diane Frazen
as Postal Customer
Barbara Marshall
as Sister Charlotte
Israel Juarbe
as Ernesto on Scaffold
Duane Matthews
as Court Officer
Bud Markowitz
as Juggling Biker
Joy Rosenthal
as Rich Postal Customer
Lori Sigrist
as Adult Twin Nurse
Terri Sigrist
as Adult Twin Nurse
Sunny Hawks
as Greek Daughter
Jennifer Perkins
as Information Booth Clerk
Martin Garbus
as Assistant Prosecutor
Robert Malina
as News Video Cameraman
William Wolff
as Doug Diamond
Jennifer Peterson
as Postal Signer
Curtis Williams Jr.
as Marguerite's Son
Joshua Iscovich
as Joey's Friend
Seron Bellio
as Regular Customer
Leigh Molloy
as Regular Customer
Sarina L. Ranftl
as Postal Window Clerk
Monica Campbell
as Postal Window Clerk
Sam Lima
as Postal Customer
Ellery King
as Postal Customer
Adrienne Wilde
as Postal Cashier
Yvonne Pollack
as Normandie Arms Tenant
A. Kent Braverman
as Salvation Army Guy
Rebecca Holberg
as Undercover Cop
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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 25, 2009
Variety
Top Critic

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

May 20, 2003
New York Times
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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 13, 2001
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

A sickeningly bad pastiche of much better pictures.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
ReelViews
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… | December 31, 1999
Chicago Sun-Times
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Audience Reviews for Dear God

When the bad guy turns good and you look back and say that's where the movie lost it...as true as it may be it says something about the viewer.

bill secor
bill secor
½

I finished it, so it gets more than a star from me. Greg Kinnear does his best with this, but I couldn't believe the postal workers-as-do-gooders plot or get sucked into the stylized, silly world of LA media, LA courtroom, and heavy handed quirky postal world.

CT Oyster
CT Oyster
½

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
Jenna Wissink

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