Extremely small-time con Greg Kinnear is caught and sentenced to a year of employment,which turns out to be in the Dead Letter Office of the post office. Opening a letter addressed toGod, Kinnear accidentally winds up answering the letter-writer’s prayers, thus setting off a chainof events that see his reformation and many people helping other people.
The flick is supposed to be some kind of heart-warming comedy of the human spirit, but it’sreally just flat and irri…ating. Kinnear, perfectly cast in Auto-Focus, gets by on his smarmfor the first part of the picture, but is unconvincing as a nice guy. Utterly dismissible pap.
Nice bass on the music, and the music is what comes off best here. The sound is extremelyfront-speaker heavy, with very little, barring a few minor effects, coming from the rear. The left-right separation isn’t particularly impressive, either. The audio is clean enough, but is thoroughlyunexciting.
The picture quality is variable, with a number of exterior shots (notably the opening) beingextremely grainy. The sharpness is variable too, ranging from the quite strong to the noticeablysoft. The colours are decent, and the flesh tones are fine. Again, nothing to write homeabout.
The disc is nothing special, and the movie is another one that you forget even as you’rewatching it.