"For the Love of a Father"
What You Need To Know:
A LETTER TO DAD is well-acted and teaches a powerful Christian message of repentance. forgiveness, reconciliation, overcoming bitterness, and spiritual healing. However, A LETTER TO DAD includes some dysfunctional relationships, substance abuse and a suicide. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children.
(CCC, BBB, V, AA, DD, M) Very strong Christian worldview and redemptive elements including prayer, repentance and references to God, the Gospel message, church, a pastor, and many quotes of Scripture, with a very strong depiction of biblical, moral values celebrating compassion, love, faith, respect, self-sacrifice, forgiveness, reconciliation, honoring your commitments, and family; no profanities or obscenities; mild violence with a man throwing a beer bottle against the wall, depictions of a verbally abusive stepfather, implied violence with a girl showing a bruise on her face due to a physically abusive dad, teenagers race cars, and some teenagers are arrested, and a girl commits suicide; no sexual immorality but an unmarried couple and a married couple kiss; no nudity; moderate drinking with men shown drinking at a bar, teenagers drink alcohol and whiskey, several men are described and depicted to be drunk; teenagers smoke cigarettes and marijuana; and, lying, bitterness, anger, marital conflict, but conflicts are resolved in a positive, Christian manner.
A LETTER TO DAD is a powerful drama addressing the struggles of a boy named Dan who grows up with an angry and abusive father.
The movie’s opening finds an adult Dan Donahue ready to propose to the girl of his dreams, but he falters because he can’t overcome his deep-rooted anger for his father. Trying to find healing and forgiveness, Dan writes a letter to his dad, detailing the events of his childhood from Dan’s perspective.
Cut to Dan’s parents getting a divorce when Dan’s in grade school because of his father’s drinking problem. As Dan grows up, he continues to struggle during uncomfortable visits with his dad. In high school, Dan makes wild friends who also have abusive or negligent fathers. Toward the end of high school, Dan finds the love of God, his heavenly father. This starts Dan on a path toward healing and manhood.
A LETTER TO DAD is well-acted and carries a powerful message. It teaches a message of forgiveness, reconciliation and the power of overcoming bitterness, with many positive Christian references to prayer, church, the Gospel, and Scripture. However, A LETTER TO DAD includes some dysfunctional relationships, substance abuse and suicide. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for older children, including young teenagers.