God Said 'Ha!' (1998)


Critic Consensus: God Said, Ha! plumbs poignant depths, but Julia Sweeney's sharp, graceful wit makes this one-woman monologue a wise, big-hearted burst of uplifting -- and perhaps therapeutic -- entertainment.


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Julia Sweeney (Saturday Night Live) wrote and directed this one-woman show, an 85-minute emotional monologue, originally performed on Sunday evenings at the Un-Cabaret, a weekly alternative comedy showcase at LunaPark (West Hollywood). Expanded into a 1996 stage production, directed by Greg Kachel (now the film's co-producer), the show went to Broadway, followed by this filmed record (shot in two days). Divorced in 1995, Sweeney moved into her Hollywood bungalow with her three cats. One month later her younger brother Michael was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Her conservative parents left Spokane and moved into her bungalow along with Michael, and Sweeney had to cope with chemo and radiation treatments, doctors, and a variety of LA bureaucrats. Tragically, just before her brother's death from cancer, Sweeney was herself diagnosed with cervical cancer and was forced to cope with the disease from a different perspective. Impersonating her entire family, Sweeney recalls sleeping on her sofa bed, finding beer in her kitchen, and how daily routines with her parents led her on a guilt trip into her past. Executive producer Quentin Tarantino, who financed God Said, Ha!, makes a brief cameo appearance at the conclusion. Sweeney also wrote her material into a book, God Said, Ha!; A Memoir, published by Bantam in 1997. The title is taken from a greeting card a close friend once sent Sweeney during an illness. Shown at Austin's 1998 SXSW Festival.

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Critic Reviews for God Said 'Ha!'

All Critics (22) | Top Critics (5)

Julia Sweeney delivers an extended monologue that's so exquisitely written and so emotionally touching that she manages the near-impossible task of captivating the audience for 85 minutes with quite a demanding material.

Aug 17, 2006 | Rating: 4/5
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Poignant--but never depressing, thanks to Sweeney's sharp--and, it appears, therapeutic--wit.

Nov 26, 2009 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Sweeny's monologue is truthful and funny in a loose conversational way that draws you in.

May 26, 2006 | Full Review…

Sweeney proves that humor can be a lifesaver in the midst of pain,suffering and setbacks.

Mar 4, 2002 | Full Review…

It is an odd mixture of the mundane, the deeply moving, the absurd and the tragic, all told with equal enthusiasm.

Sep 21, 2001 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Julia Sweeney fashions a small, poignant, survivalist gem that's simple in concept, entertaining in delivery, and big in heart.

Jan 1, 2000 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for God Said 'Ha!'

Interesting concept with Julia Sweeney discussing cancer in the guise of a stand up routine...but it just doesn't work.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

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I watched this because I had 3 people in my family diagnosed with cancer, two of them lost there lives too it. This movie honestly though hardly even talks about it. It merely uses these people being diagnosed to tell a bunch of mini stories that happend during the 9months her parents and family lived with her again. It's hardly funny. If I wanted to see something like this I would watch a stand up comedy night, not rent a movie. It's one woman, standing in one room, telling a boring and non-funny story for a long time. It's not good at all.

Bobby Hobbs
Bobby Hobbs

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