Walter Gary Benjamin works as a ticket-taker slash ticket-tearer at the local Cineplex. When Walter was ten years old he made a deal with God to judge the eternal fate of everyone he comes in contact with in exchange for his father going to Heaven. Walter manages his daily routine and his worrisome mother until the mysterious Greg shows up and forces Walter to confront the meaning of his life, and his future.
Parents need to know that Walter is a quirky dramedy with some dark overtones. It centers on a character who thinks he’s the son of God and that it’s his job to determine whether people are going to heaven or hell. Overall, this potentially controversial topic is handled with sweetness and humor. Language is the biggest issue, with one character swearing almost constantly during his scenes, using “f–k,” “s–t,” “bitch,” and more. There’s also some sexual innuendo and kissing, and a young woman unbuttons her top and showing her bra. A flashback story references an affair. Violent events are also alluded to, including a character dying of cancer, a suicide, and a fictitious bus crash. A ghostly character appears as a scary, shadowy figure in the bushes. The movie touches on some thought-provoking themes, not only about God and the afterlife, but also about understanding loss and taking emotional risks in life.