Oh, God! Book II is not a sequel to the hit 1977 release but rather an alternate approach to the same basic premise: what would happen if God were to appear to an ordinary person with instructions to ‘spread my message.’ Absence this time of John Denver, his chemistry with lead George Burns, and the original’s solid comedy material lead to a bland, unstimulating film.
Script [from a story by Josh Greenfeld] has a pleasant moppet (Louanne) meeting God (Burns) in the lounge of a Chinese restaurant. It seems that Burns has decided to enlist a child ‘with belief in things you can’t see’ to remind people that God is still around. Since Louanne’s dad (David Birney) is an adman, she sets out to concoct a slogan which will ‘make God a household name.’
Burns is fine once again, a master of the throwaway line and well-suited to tone down the religious philosophy in the script. More screen time, however, is allotted to debuting Louanne, a pleasant and talented youngster who holds one’s sympathy. Suzanne Pleshette and David Birney as her estranged parents are effective in limited roles.