Dear God (film)

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Dear God
Dear god poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Garry Marshall
Produced by Mario Iscovich
Written by Warren Leight
Ed Kaplan
Starring Greg Kinnear
Laurie Metcalf
Maria Pitillo
Tim Conway
Hector Elizondo
Jon Seda
Roscoe Lee Browne
Music by James Patrick Dunne
Jeremy Lubbock
Cinematography Charles Minsky
Edited by Debra Neil-Fisher
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release date(s) November 1, 1996
Running time 112 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $22 million
Box office $7,138,523[1]

Dear God is a 1996 comedy film distributed by Paramount Pictures, directed by Garry Marshall and starring Greg Kinnear and Laurie Metcalf.

Plot[edit]

Tom Turner, a con artist, is busted working cons to pay off his gambling debt to a loan shark. He is sentenced by the judge to find a full-time job by the end of the year and keep it, or be sent to jail. He finds work at the post office sorting mail in the dead letter office. Surrounded by quirky coworkers, Tom finds out what happens to letters addressed to the Easter bunny, Elvis, and God, and out of curiosity reads one of the letters sent to God. While reading the letter, sent by a needy single mother, Tom drops his paycheck and it is mailed back to the single mother. When Tom comes to retrieve his paycheck he sees the good it has done and leaves, not knowing that his burnt out workaholic lawyer coworker sees him doing so. Believing Tom sent the money on purpose, she rallies the rest of the dead letter office workers to continue what Tom has started. Tom, becoming the unwilling leader of the group, starts answering more and more letters sent to the post office asking God for help. Hilarity ensues as the group answers more prayers, enriching people's lives, while Tom tries to find love with a coffee bar waitress and keep out of jail.

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Reception[edit]

Dear God received generally negative reviews from critics. Siskel & Ebert gave the film two thumbs down upon its release.[2] James Berardinelli gave the film one star and explained, "At least after seeing this movie, I understand where the title came from – starting about thirty minutes into this interminable, unfunny feature, I began looking at my watch every few minutes and thinking, 'Dear God, is this ever going to end?' A sickeningly bad pastiche of much better pictures – It's a Wonderful Life,Miracle on 34th Street, and (believe it or not) Spartacus all leap to mind – Dear God is the worst excuse for a holiday film since Nora Ephron's hideous Mixed Nuts."[3] As of August 2010, film review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes had issued a 12% rating based on reviews from 33 critics.[4]

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