Jeffrey S.S. Johnson & Robyn Lively in Letters to God
Jeffrey S.S. Johnson & Robyn Lively
A little boy with cancer puts his fears, hopes and prayers into letters written to God.
A troubled, cynical postman inherits the job of dealing with those letters, and taking that duty seriously changes his life.
Although lip service is paid to cynicism and even skepticism in "Letters to God," that's not what this indie drama is about. It's about how a child's faith spreads to those around him and softens their hearts.
Good-looking but slow and bland, this faith-based would-be tearjerker is a depressingly unemotional affair, with writing and some of the acting so flat that even its emotionally loaded situations can't inspire waterworks.
That blast of doubt is bracing and a little out of place in this altar call of a drama. Most of the characters have narrow story arcs (Brady makes the big journey, but he's generally a very nice drunk) and that shortcoming isn't helped by the funereal way most scenes are played, with precious few chuckles (
But whatever flashes of conflict turn up in the four-writers script are quickly rubbed off in some misguided attempt to render everything and everyone "nice." Thus, while "Letters to God" is certainly family-friendly, the blandness robs it of whatever emotion or redemption the filmmakers were shooting for. No matter how tearful the intent, don't forget what the Greeks dropped into epistles to the ancient Hebrews: "No conflict, no drama."
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MPAA rating: PG (for thematic material).
Running time: 1:49.
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