Movie Trailer: Letters To God

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Seriously, it looks nice and all and I like the story concept. I do fear it is a hit you over the head Christian movie of which I am not a fan. Since it comes from the same folks as Fireproof and Facing the Giants it would seem to be.

What do you think?

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  1. My favorite was the Simpsons parody of the "Left Below" series. Then again, to be fair to the fundies, we just had "Fatima" a few months ago...

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  2. The guy with the big mustache won me over

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  3. My kids love Facing the Giants, and we do too! We are conservative Catholics also. Fireproof was okay. I got the message they were trying to deliver, but I wasn't sold on the story line.
    This movie looks like it has a good message also.
    Let's face it, these Christian movie makers know what they are doing. Us Catholics need to step it up a notch and start making movies that deliver the Real Truths of the Faith, but until then, I think these will suffice.

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  4. I loved Facing the Giants. I don't particularly mind being hit on the head by Jesus. I feel a lot more comfortable with Georgia protestantism at times than I do with the putatively Catholic culture of Massachusetts. In Heaven I expect to see a lot of them along with us Catholics.

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  5. Given the fact that 99.9% of the movies I see advertised are dumb, dirty and/or have an unholy agenda, this type of stuff looks good to me.

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  6. I don't think it's fair to call it hitting people over the head. I think they're just true stories, and seeing them out so openly is a shock to our mendacity-glazed world.

    Moreover, this is a common prayer of mine: "O Lord, you know I have crap ears and look every way but towards you. If you want to tell me something, make it big and obvious, okay? Please, hit me over the head with it." I really like Facing the Giants. Fireproof was weakly written, in my opinion, and that was its problem. And I'll keep watching classics, like my Lenten favorite, The Robe, because this sinner needs to be hit over the head.

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  7. I'd like to see a feature film version of The Martyrdom of Polycarp.

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  8. Modern overt Christian movies Suck. All. Day. Long.

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  9. I think I'm saying "No" to this movie. It seems to sentimentalize Christianity and human experience. Blech. Modern Evangelicals need to understand that we find Christ not in sentimental "Christian" movies (Letters to God, Fireproof, etc) or song (the perennially hideous "The Christmas Shoes") but in Beauty. Andrei Tarkovsky understood this. Zefirelli understands this. Fellini understood this. And Kurasawa, even if he didn't ascribe to Christian beliefs. And today,although not a filmmaker, but an artist, Makoto Fujimura understands this.

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  10. Just a thought, but are "Fireproof", "Facing the Giants", and "Letters to God" more or less "hit you over the head" movies then the clips I watched on this blog (below) about abortion and euthanasia?

    To each his own when it comes to entertainment preferences. I liked the two movies mentioned, and will buy "Letters to God", mostly because of the dearth of movies sans violence, perversion and attacks on God.

    Kim, I totally agree with your "Christmas Shoes" sentiment, though. However, it is possible for people to see themselves in the movies in a simple way. Simple is not necessarily bad.

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  11. redthread:

    Yes, simple isn't bad, but simplistic is and that's what I think this movie is.

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  12. Okay, I have to be a voice of dissent and stick up for "Fireproof." For an all-volunteer cast and crew, I thought it was terrific. The message was important and badly needed in our society. I won't nitpick the courageous efforts made to bring that story to the screen. It's worth seeing and worth owning. My two cents.

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  13. I loved Facing the Giants. Fireproof, not so much, although the message was great. Nzie, I read The Robe every Lent! I've never seen the movie; maybe I'll change it up this year and watch the film instead.
    I think we should cut them some slack. What passes for a spiritual movie in secular 2010 is The Book of Eli, for Heaven's sake!
    ~Siobhan

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  14. Kim:

    You probably do see them as simplistic. Again, to each his (or her) own when it comes to preferences. However, you compare them to Tarkovsky, Zerfirlli, Fellini, Fujimura. Completely different levels, and, good or no, those artists are not on the level most people are on.

    Perhaps holding up such a high level as the only entertainment being worth watching or listening to off-puts and discourages people.

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  15. I'm not a fan of hit-you-over-the-head either. Just for the record. I'm one of those terrible people who gets really uncomfortable, mildly sick, and - I admit it - incredibly snarky watching such things. I can't help it. I spent all of my teenage years as the only Catholic in a Protestant town with a population less than 2,000 in the middle of Mississippi. Please forgive my lack of tolerance - let's chalk it up to post-traumatic stress disorder. :)

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  16. I agree with Kim Derrick! time for us Catholics to step it up!! at least "fireproof" and "Facing the Giants" had Christian values and virtues theme. (albeit,may need some work on the Truth) This little movie I will surly spend time to see.God Bless all.

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  17. Letters to God story was inspired by the writer's own son who had brain cancer at 7 years old. It is not a "hit you over the head" Christian movie but it surely shows the deep faith, hope and courage that his son had during his battle and how that courage and hope touched many other people through own faith in God. I challenge each of you to see it and think otherwise. The writer had nothing to do with the "other" movies you're comparing them with but one of the producers from those who directed this film will show you how it should be done. I promise you that you will be touched by this movie and I dare say everyone reading this has been touched by cancer in some way.

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  18. It amazes me how people will go to such extremes to slam God. I'm also amazed at how long it takes for Hollywood to see the following and potential of good, morally clean family films.

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  19. I personnally would love any touch from God. He is the only answer in this world and my family WILL support this movie.

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  20. I've actually seen the entire Letters to God film & I'm pleased with the manner in which that they portrayed the faith of a young boy, while struggling with cancer. Perhaps more of us need to be "hit over the head" with faith through the eyes of a child...

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  21. Perhaps it's only in America where we can have our own Catholic blog site that allows people to slam others for trying to speak well of Christ! Whether you see this movie or not, at least pray that God will open your heart to support movies that attempt to portray God as active in His creation. We're all fortunate that God is bigger than the limitations that society places on our minds.

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