#123movies #fmovies #putlocker #gomovies #solarmovie #soap2day Watch Full Movie Online Free – Married to Bobbie Landers with two pre-teen children, Adam and Becky, living in Tarzana, California. Mild-mannered Jerry Landers is a hard working Assistant Manager at a Food World supermarket outlet. He’s always trying to do his best at his job. But his generally uneventful life takes a turn when he receives a hand delivered note in the mail to attend an interview with God. Believing it a gag from his friend Artie Coogan, Jerry decides to go to the interview based on circumstances which compel him to do so. Based on further circumstances of the interview, Jerry, despite not being a religious person, ultimately does believe that who he meets with, initially only a voice, is indeed God, who eventually does show himself in a physical form to Jerry. God wants Jerry to be his messenger, much like a present day Moses, to pass along to the human race that “he” has provided all the necessary components of a successful existence, and it is up to the human race to do with those components as they believe fit to reach that success. God came at this time because of his disappointment with the current state of the world. He also chose Jerry as his messenger because of Jerry being a decent person. Jerry tries to convey the message as best as he can, but runs into one roadblock after another. Once Jerry does gain a wider audience, he is treated as a crazy person and/or a fanatic, those opinions which affect his and his family’s life. Jerry believes he has no other option but to continue to do this job for God despite these negative effects. It may take him getting a meeting with so-called experts, theologians, before he is taken seriously, or not, as some of those, such as Reverend Willie Williams, God knows is using religion for their own as opposed to societal benefit.
Plot: When God appears to an assistant grocery manager as a good natured old man, the Almighty selects him as his messenger for the modern world.
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George Burns as a Libertarian God
George Burns picks an average Joe, the married assistant manager of a grocery store with two kids (John Denver as Jerry Landers) to put out the message that he is unhappy with the direction things are going, but that everything necessary to put things right is available on the earth and it is up to the people if things are going to change for the better. And Jerry doesn’t even believe in God, at first anyways. Now maybe God was smart to pick an unbeliever, since he would have no preconceived notions of God, no childhood Sunday school lessons with which to fight what his eyes are telling him.
But Jerry is confused by this Libertarian God. Think about it- Burns’ interpretation of God definitely has an opinion of how things should go, but refuses to lift a finger to change anything. He believes the people should do the fixing and that He should have a “hands off” policy. Even after Jerry gets in trouble with his new role and risks his marriage, his career, even everything he owns in a lawsuit with a televangelist, and he and God are saying their goodbyes, God doesn’t promise to do anything to help him repair the smoldering remains of his life. He just tells Jerry that he did a good job getting the message out and walks off. Yep, that sounds like the God I know.
As for the acting, at the time George Burns did a guest appearance on the TV show Alice and mentioned he was picked for the lead because he “was the only person old enough to play the part”. Burns did a great job of slinging the occasional zinger in the film like in his younger years playing straight man to Gracie. John Denver did a convincing job of playing a working stiff that just doesn’t have time for this stuff but feels he must comply. What else do you do when God keeps picking you up in a taxi? And poor Terri Garr, she spent 1977 playing a housewife who is married to a modern day Moses in this film, and married to a guy making the replica of a mountain out of mashed potatoes in her den in “Close Encounters of the Third Kind”.
Looking at it 40 years after the fact, the one thing that this film got right way ahead of its time was the crooked televangelist, artfully played by Paul Sorvino. So artfully I had forgotten that he was playing the part until I rewatched the film recently. God knows that the guy is enriching himself in his ministry, and his sermons never talk about morality, just the importance of giving. This was 14 years before Bob Tilton was exposed as a con artist on ABC’s primetime live, 10 years before Jim Bakker was found to be running his “Christian amusement park” as a giant Ponzi scheme, and eleven years before Jimmy Swaggart was caught in an ongoing sex scandal even while condemning another dishonored pastor for his own.And as for Mike Murdock? Don’t get me started. Let’s just say that Paul Sorvino has the act down pat from the big hair to the rather colorful wardrobe to the Southern accent and fake politeness.
It’s a very quirky film, certainly with lots of made up feel good philosophy attributed to God, but it is fun, certainly different, and try making a film like that today with all of the political correctness in the air. I’d recommend it.
“Trust me. Like it says on the money.”
I believe this is the only time where I’ve read the reviews of those who ‘Hated It’ (as defined by IMDb voters who give it a lower score than it’s average) and they didn’t actually hate it. Most have some warm or inspiring words about the picture so I think the movie succeeded on that level.
Realizing that many people growing up are fed a doctrine of God being all powerful and vengeful over one’s transgressions, it’s comforting to see a picture where the Supreme Being is portrayed as just an ordinary human. The series of books by Neale Donald Walsch – “Conversations With God” – takes a similar approach and I find this humanistic attitude to be rather appealing. Who wants a God that will strike you down every time you do the slightest thing wrong?
At eighty one years old, I think George Burns had the God gig down pat. Very cordial and conversational, he was able to make his spiritual pitch in a manner that wasn’t threatening and was even quite inspirational and uplifting. The ideas he expressed were so steeped in common sense that virtually no one could find fault, no matter what denomination one follows. It was best summed up by God himself – “I gave you a world and everything in it. It’s all up to you”.
Certainly there are those who question how or why a loving God would allow suffering and pain in the world, and God’s answer touched on the one important point most people overlook – the entire concept of free will. Without it, decision making is taken away from humans, and therefore choices are impossible. I was glad the movie illustrated this point brilliantly with the conversation between God and Jerry Landers (John Denver).
With a great message, I think this is a wonderful film for the whole family to enjoy. It puts spiritual snake oil salesmen like Reverend Willie Williams (Paul Sorvino) in their place, and invites the viewer to reconsider one’s own relationship with the Almighty. To provide another quote from George Burns’ God – “Religion is easy. I’m talking about faith”.
Original Language en
Runtime 1 hr 38 min (98 min)
Genre Comedy, Fantasy
Director Carl Reiner
Writer Larry Gelbart, Avery Corman
Actors John Denver, George Burns, Teri Garr
Country United States
Awards Nominated for 1 Oscar. 3 wins & 3 nominations total
Production Company N/A
Sound Mix Mono
Aspect Ratio 1.85 : 1
Camera Panavision Panaflex
Laboratory Technicolor, Hollywood (CA), USA
Film Length N/A
Negative Format 35 mm
Cinematographic Process Spherical
Printed Film Format 35 mm