Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBB.
USA, 1996. Rysher Entertainment. Screenplay by Warren Leight, Ed Kaplan. Cinematography by Charles Minsky. Produced by Steve Tisch. Music by James Patrick Dunne, Jeremy Lubbock. Production Design by Albert Brenner. Costume Design by Deborah Hopper. Film Editing by Debra Neil-Fisher.
Lightweight comic fantasy from Garry Marshall about a n’er-do-welling con artist (Greg Kinnear in his first leading role) who is forced to get a legitimate job when he gets caught by the authorities and ends up working the dead mail department of the United States Post Office. He opens up letters from people writing to God and Santa Claus, and finds he can make money from knowing these people’s secrets; his co-workers see the opportunity to become a wish-granting foundation and before he knows it, Kinnear is the head of a secret philanthropy organization. It’s not hard to see anything coming ahead of time, nor is it difficult to predict that our hero is going to soften up long before the film is over, but the amiable faces will keep you from hating it for the obvious stuff that it is.