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Dear John

Savannah Curtis (Amanda Seyfried) and John Tyree (Channing Tatum) meet when she is on spring break from college and he is home on leave from the army. While it only takes weeks for them to fall in love, his commitment to the military keeps the couple apart for years. So the two maintain their relationship by writing letters. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: B
Violence: C+
Sexual Content: C+
Language: C+
Drugs/Alcohol: B
Run Time: 107
Theater Release: 05 Feb 2010
Video Release: 25 May 2010
MPAA Rating: PG-13
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After watching a movie with your children or students, we encourage parents and teachers to look for education opportunities to teach with movies. Here are a few discussion topics that can help with lesson plans or teaching in the home.

Why does John encourage Savannah’s neighbor Tim (Henry Thomas) to be honest about his marital situation? How might Tim’s deception impact his son in the future? How did his parents’ marital breakdown affect John while he was growing up?

What symptoms of Autism are portrayed in this film? How does John’s lack of understanding about his dad’s medical condition influence the way he sees him?

Do you think there is value in hand-written letters? Do they have an advantage over email or texting? Is the art of letter writing dead?

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