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Letters to God

By Christopher Gildemeister


Release Date: April 9, 2010

MPAA rating: PG for thematic material

Starring: Tanner Maguire, Robyn Lively, Jeffrey Johnson, Bailee Madison, Ralph Waite

Recommended age: 7+

Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green





Off-screen death




Vomiting, drinking, bickering


Based on a true story, Letters to God tells the story of Tyler Doherty, a young boy stricken with cancer, and the lives he touches: his worried mother Maddie, feisty friend Sam, troubled teen brother Ben, and alcoholic postman Brady McDaniels. Tyler’s example of courage, perseverance, and – most of all – the letters he writes to God inspire others and lead them to put their faith in God and turn to Jesus Christ.


There is no graphic content in Letters to God. Tyler is briefly shown throwing up several times due to his chemotherapy. Brady is seen drinking in a bar and his apartment, and when assigned to a new postal route he declares, “I’m in Hell.”  Both Ben and one of Tyler’s classmates bicker with Tyler, leading Sam to shove the classmate’s face into his lunch. There is some discussion about the death of Tyler’s father, Brady’s troubles with drinking, his divorce, and his losing custody of his son. Near the film’s end, Tyler dies, though the death is not explicitly shown; Tyler is seen in bed surrounded by family and friends, but the death itself occurs off-screen, and the film shows the effect that his life has had on those around him.


Letters to God is openly Christian in its message and explicit it its advocacy of prayer and faith in Jesus Christ. Each character struggles with temptation and with understanding God’s purpose for their lives, and all are shown praying and discussing the importance of faith in Christ.


The DVD reLease also contains a commentary track with director David Nixon and writer Patrick Doughtie, and a short behind-the-scenes featurette.


A powerful, emotional, and deeply moving film, Letters to God shows how and how the faith-filled actions of one child can touch so many lives – and make so great a difference in the world. Because of the film’s tremendously moving and inspirational character, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Letters to God with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM. The PTC recommends this film for all viewers over age seven.


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