The discovery of a box containing the hand-written correspondence from Vietnam of a young man's late father serves as a truth-seeking link to the past for his devout Christian son in "Faith of Our Fathers," a dramatically DOA road movie by actor and faith-based filmmaker Carey Scott.
Determined to get answers to the in-the-line-of-duty death of his Beatles-fan dad, John Paul George (co-screenwriter Kevin Downes) embarks on a road trip to the Wall in Washington, D.C., accompanied by a gruff non-believer (David A.R. White, doing his best
Timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of America's involvement in the Vietnam conflict, the dramedy flip-flops between the decidedly sitcom-y present and stilted battlefield settings that feature a less-than-commanding Stephen Baldwin as a solemn U.S. sergeant.
It should come as no surprise that those two tonally incompatible modes fail to find any sort of common ground in a production that makes no attempt to bridge wacky character cameos with such affirmations as "I have a heavenly father who loves me more than an earthly father ever could."
This evangelical "Dear America: Letters Home From Vietnam" by way of "The Dukes of Hazzard" takes a mighty ridiculous route to righteousness.
'Faith of Our Fathers'
MPAA rating: PG-13, for brief war violence
Running time: 1 hour, 36 minutes