Oh, God!

Movie review by Renee Longstreet, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 10+

Warmhearted '70s comic fantasy has positive messages.

PG 1977 98 minutes

Parents say

age 10+

Based on 2 reviews

Kids say

age 9+

Based on 2 reviews

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age 10+

Depends entirely on your tolerance for the humor; very little inoffensive content

Not much in the way of offensiveness here. The language is very, very mild even for a late 70's PG where films of that rating had worse swearing than some R rated ones. There are only two uses of the word hell. There is a remark made about a supermarket employee "humping a girl", however it is said metaphorically and not with the intention to offend maliciously. Other than that no real other issues I think CSM is going a bit overboard on the sexual content. John Denver is happily married to his wife and does not have intercourse with her onscreen. There is also no nudity. However it will really depend on what your tolerance level for the humor here is. This could be cited as an example of making God and religion lighthearted if you are very devout you may be offended by some of the jokes which could be considered blasphemist. However the movie does have a message that is positive and will likely relate to believers and non believers. Watch it to have a few laughs and dont focus on it being a religious movie. It is supposed to be lighthearted fun and the content overall is very mild and the movie is overall inoffensive aside from that crude remark and mild language. You will hear more swearing in some Disney films than you will hear in this movie. I kid not. Enjoy the iconic George Burns and John Denver no longer with us but they have fantastic chemistry here undeniably.

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age 10+

Oh, God, what a fantastic insightful cinematic gem.

This movie, even after many viewings as an adult, and after watching Oh, God: Book Two as a child, still resonates with me on a spiritual level few films can. Even in the face of modernization and a scientific all-or-nothing approach worldwide, I challenge you as a viewer not to walk away from the film before the credits roll. The ending has one of the greatest and most gratifying Parthian shots ever and makes watching this masterpiece all the more rewarding.

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