Network Premier: May 21, 2000


This Showtime Original Picture for All Ages premieres 5//00 at 8:00 PM, ET. Hans Christian Andersen’s tale of “The Little Mermaid” is loosely adapted for this modern story of a 5-year-old California girl named Desi (Jordelle Ferland) who is still hurting over the loss of her father. Trying to reach out to her father’s spirit, Desi writes him a letter she attaches to a balloon. A guardian angel directs it to a hunter nearly 4,000 miles away, in Canada. He and his family are so touched by the letter that they decide to take action to help the heartbroken little girl.

Dove Review

Based on a true story, this is a delightful tale that deals with a child trying to understand the death of a parent and how a miraculous incident touched so many people. When the Canadian family sends a kind and perceptive letter back to Desi, and it hits the papers, dozens of people send Desi and her mother airfare to go visit their newfound friends. On this trip, both mother and daughter come to peace and help others to appreciate their own blessings. During the closing credits, the real Desi and her family are seen on the film location and discuss the making of the movie.

Parents, although we are approving this for all ages, you should decide if the subject matter is suitable for your little ones. Are they ready to learn that a parent can die? Also, there is one obscenity, which the child repeats as she asks what it means. However, the person who says it is chastised for using the expression.

Content Description

Sex: None
Language: OMG-3; SOB-1; expletives-4.
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: None
Other: A parent dies and his child does not understand what has happened to him.


Company: Showtime Networks, Inc.
Writer: Todd Robinson and Elizabeth Egloff
Director: Peter Masterson
Producer: Larry Sugar
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 94 min.
Industry Rating: TV-G
Starring: Jordelle Ferland, Samantha Mathis, Ellen Burstyn.
Reviewer: Phil Boatwright