|Lowest Recommended Age:||Middle School|
|MPAA Rating:||Rated PG for thematic elements|
|Alcohol/Drugs:||Character drinks to deal with pain|
|Violence/Scariness:||Very sad themes of terminal illness|
|Movie Release Date:||April 9, 2010|
|DVD Release Date:||August 10, 2010|
Director David Nixon is dedicated to telling stories of faith and inspiration. His most recent film is “Letters to God,” inspired by the true story of a critically ill boy who wrote to God to ask for help. But the help he asked for was not for himself. He did not ask God to make him well. He wrote to ask God to help the people around him. His sincerity, spiritual generosity, and faith inspire those around him, including the mail carrier who had been consumed by his own pain and loss.
The sincerity and good intentions of this story help make up for some lapses in its quality. The acting and screenplay are uneven. But the power of its message makes it worthwhile.
I have one copy to give away to the first person to send me an email at email@example.com with “Letters” in the subject line. Don’t forget your address. (US addresses only, sorry.)
Parents should know that this is a movie about a child who is terminally ill. The effects of his illness and treatment are depicted in the film. A character abuses alcohol and we learn that his drinking problem and a DUI led his wife to leave him and take their child. The movie raises issues of faith and religious practice.
Family discussion: What would you put in a letter to God?
If you like this, try: “To Save a Life” and “The Secrets of Jonathan Sperry”