The Heart of Christmas

Theatrical Release: December 4, 2011
DVD Release: April 30, 2013
The Heart of Christmas


The GMC World Premiere Movie, THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS, was inspired by the true story of the Locke family, which also inspired the new song of the same name by Grammy-nominated recording artist Matthew West. THE HEART OF CHRISTMAS tells the story of one family’s quest for their seriously ill son to experience an early and magical Christmas, and how an entire community came together to make it possible. Their journey and desire to cherish every moment would change their lives and those of millions around the world forever.

Dove Review

What would you do if your young son was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer? This is the question that faced the Locke family when Dax, their two year old boy, entered St. Jude Hospital for treatment. The family experiences a roller-coaster of emotions as Dax becomes sick, shows improvement and then becomes sick again. This moving story put a lump in my throat and my heart broke as I watched this family struggle to understand what was happening to their precious child.

The movie has some happy moments thanks to Dax’s unbreakable spirit and the eventual realization by his parents that they should “cherish every moment” they have left with him. When Dax is released from the hospital because the treatment has not worked, his father puts up a Christmas tree in October to give his son one last Christmas experience. As the Locke families’ neighbors find out about their situation, they all decorate for Christmas too and the experience moves another family to make decisions in their own lives to slow down their pace and cherish every moment.

Dove is pleased to award our “Family-Approved” Seal for all ages to this inspirational movie but we encourage you to watch this together as a family so you can discuss these situations with your younger children as the more sensitive members of your family may be moved to tears when viewing this emotional story.

Content Description

Faith: None
Integrity: None
Sex: Husband/wife kisses a few times.
Language: None
Violence: None
Drugs: None
Nudity: Mild cleavage.
Other: A boy has AML M7, a rare form of cancer and we see him in the hospital several times; a boy throws up due to his therapy but this is not graphic; parents struggle with the ups and downs associated with their son's diagnosis and treatments.


Company: Image Entertainment
Director: Gary Wheeler
Producer: Suzette Schafer
Genre: Drama
Runtime: 126 min.
Reviewer: Scott Rolfe