Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter Source:
Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment
Patrick Doughtie, Sandra Thrift,
Art D'Allessandro, Cullen Douglas
David Nixon, Patrick Doughtie
Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Maree Cheatham, Tanner Maguire, Michael Bolten, Bailee Madison
A heartfelt tale of inspiration, hope and redemption, “Letters to God” is the story of what happens when one boy’s walk of faith crosses paths with one man’s search for meaning—the resulting transformational journey touches the lives of everyone around them.
Tyler Doherty (TANNER MAGUIRE) is an extraordinary eight-year-old boy. Surrounded by a loving family and community, and armed with the courage of his faith, he faces his daily battle against cancer with bravery and grace. To Tyler, God is a friend, a teacher and the ultimate pen pal—Tyler’s prayers take the form of letters, which he composes and mails on a daily basis.
The letters find their way into the hands of Brady McDaniels (JEFFREY S.S. JOHNSON), a beleaguered postman standing at a crossroads in his life. At first, he is confused and conflicted over what to do with the letters. But the decision he ultimately makes becomes a testament to the quiet power of one boy’s shining spirit and unshakeable faith.
Inspired by a true story, “Letters to God” is an intimate, moving and often funny story about the galvanizing effect one child’s belief can have on his family, friends and community.
Young nine-year-old Tyler learns he has a brain tumor. He decides to write letters to God. As Tyler deals with the chemo and losing his hair, a new postman on the mail route, who is going through a struggle of his own in life, becomes intrigued with Tyler's letters to God after reading them. Soon a friendship is forged between the two, postman Brady and young Tyler, and the alcoholic postman searches for strength and God's help to quit drinking.
This is an emotional and well made movie which may bring tears to the eyes of sensitive viewers. It is a story of hope and we are pleased to award this film five Doves, our highest rating, and we recommend it for ages twelve plus due to the sensitive themes and the use of an expletive.
Content Description: Sex: None Language: H-1; jerk-1; knucklehead-1 Violence: A dog attacks mailman. Drugs: The consuming of beer and strong drink but this is not condoned. Nudity: None Other: The back-story includes the loss of a loved one; A couple of vomiting scenes are shown but aren't graphic; a scar is seen on the back of child's bald head; an "I hate him" comment.