• Let There Be Light Earns PTC Seal of Approval

    by  • October 26, 2017 • Movies, PTC Seal of Approval • 2 Comments


    The new film tackles contemporary issues…and shows the power of faith.

    SOADr. Sol Harkens is a unhappy man. Driven by bitterness and rage at God by the death of his son David from cancer, Sol has become an outspoken atheist author and lecturer; but despite the wealth, fame, and widespread media popularity his hedonistic, anti-God diatribes have brought him, Sol remains bitter, losing himself in alcohol and driving a wedge between himself and his surviving sons and ex-wife. But when a drunk driving accident renders Sol clinically dead for four minutes, he sees David, who speaks one cryptic phrase: “Let There Be Light.” Sol struggles to find his way back to faith from his previous atheism, and begins rebuilding his relationship with his family – until tragedy strikes again…

    While the Motion Picture Association of America has given the film a PG-13 rating, there is no negative content to concern parents in Let There Be Light. Sol is shown frequently drinking to excess, even while driving, but the consequences of this act are clear when he has an accident as a result. Sol’s British agent frequently uses the British swear word “bloody,” and at one point says Sol is “hell-bent” on his own destruction.

    Let There Be Light is a powerful, compelling film, which unflinchingly tackles contemporary issues and personal tragedies alike, showing the power of faith in transforming both individual lives, and the whole world. A realistic drama uncompromising in its Christian values, this film brings a perspective little seen in modern-day Hollywood to viewers hungry for both compelling storytelling and a message about deeper truth. For its dramatic quality and the power of its positive message, the Parents Television Council is proud to award Let There Be Light with the PTC Seal of Approval®.


    To learn more about Let There Be Light, click here.

    Release Date: October 27, 2017

    MPAA rating: PG-13 for some thematic material including alcohol and drug issues

    Starring: Kevin Sorbo, Sam Sorbo, Daniel Roebuck, Travis Tritt, Dionne Warwick

    Recommended age: 7+

    Overall PTC Traffic Light Rating: Green



    Christopher Gildemeister is the PTC’s Head of Research Operations. He began as an Entertainment Analyst at the PTC in 2005. From 2007-2016, he was Senior Writer/Editor, responsible for communicating the PTC’s message to the public through newsletters, columns, and the PTC Watchdog blog. Dr. Gildemeister holds a Ph.D. from The Catholic University of America.

    2 Responses to Let There Be Light Earns PTC Seal of Approval

    1. Proud Person
      October 26, 2017 at 10:03 pm

      This sounds like an excellent movie about a dramatic and meaningful transformation. I sincerely hope it turns nonbelievers into believers.

      But why are you recommending it for ages 7+ when the MPAA rated it PG-13? I think if a seven year-old watched this, the drunk driving crash scene would probably give that seven year-old nightmares for months. Even if it does not cause nightmares, that seven year-old would probably remember the crash scene and completely forget the message and everything else in the movie.

      Or maybe I’m overreacting. Maybe we need to scare some sense into kids before their age reaches double digits because once they get older than age 10, nothing can scare them anymore. I guess if I were a parent, I would rather comfort my children after they have nightmares than get a call from the principal’s office, the police station, the emergency room, or the county morgue.

      I guess scaring children to teach them a lesson might be justified, but I would like to avoid it if I could.

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