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Plot: An eight-year-old boy is willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home. The story reveals the indescribable love a father has for his little boy and the love a son has for his father.
Runtime: 106 mins Release Date: 24 Apr 2015
Not much to say except I'm really annoyed by the critics sometimes. This movie is solid. Has a vintage old-time feel to it. Well acted. Deals with the problems of the times racism, bullying, war, alcoholism, death in a dramatic, humorous and clever way.Great story. Whole family loved it. They dealt with faith in a reasonable way. They pulled heartstrings without being saccharine. The critics are just so dead-set on hating any movie that deals with faith, especially the Christian faith. This movie soft-pedals that faith - but it definitely is a strong element.Wholeheartedly recommend <more>
this movie to families who want to be able to go out together for a movie, and be inspired and entertained at the same time.
Life Changing Messages of LITTLE BOY (by heaven_rd)
It is difficult to express in words the absolute beauty of this film.This movie truly grips your soul as you experience with Little Boy the meaning of relentless, mountain moving faith, the courage to face one's fears, the ugliness of bullying and racism, the power and beauty of forgiveness, and the great hardships that war brings to families. This movie had me crying one moment and laughing the next, but most of all, its impact has remained with me long after I left the theater!It has truly inspired me to never give up and to keep believing when there is no evidence to encourage me to do <more>
so. As a middle school teacher, I was blessed with the opportunity to take all of our students to see this film. It was incredible to watch the student's reactions to the film! They were cheering, laughing, and crying all throughout just as I was! Their comments after give tribute to this movie's life changing messages! I have several "little boys" who are often picked on for their "fun size" a name they have given for their short stature , and the common reflection for each of them was "Little people can do great things." and "Size doesn't keep you from greatness"! I am truly praising Jesus for this powerful, inspirational, film that has already blessed me, my family, and my students beyond measure! God bless you for making such a beautiful film!
Excellent well filmed and acted inspirational movie (by nebula-19264)
Finally a movie that you can take the kids to where both the parents and children love,love,love the film. This is a well filmed beautifully acting movie with a message that can change our world for good.It will make you laugh, cry, applaud, be inspired, dream, pray, and feel good about life after viewing it. The little boy does an incredible job acting along with the rest of the cast. David Henrie definitely has a movie acting career in his future after an award winning performance. It was refreshing to see Kevin James in a different more serious role even though he still had the audience <more>
laughing! This is how movies should be made for families and anyone else wanting a clean, uplifting film that everyone from all ages can enjoy! This is one movie you don't want to miss especially while it is in theaters as the sound effects and tract are amazing as well!
One of the knocks on "Christian" films is that they lack subtlety; the message is wielded like a blunt force instrument, and the story resolution comes by way of a pat ending, reached always through faith in God. Heroes and villains are drawn in stark contrast, and the heroes are the ones that believe in God the most. I don't agree it is a valid knock in all cases, but I appreciate at least that criticism, and see the point. Then there is Little Boy. First, I would hesitate to call it a "Christian" film at all, as the message seems broader than that, but what the heck <more>
- call it a Christian film. In fact, call it a Catholic film. Perish the thought! Little Boy is a meditation on many things - the belief that faith without works is dead; the belief that works without love are also dead; the corporal works of mercy. All of these are Catholic beliefs, some uniquely so. But they are also all human. Should we treat each other well because we love God? Or because it's right? Does it matter? In the end, Little Boy is also a mediation on the nature of faith itself. Does our faith in God change God? Or cause him to do what we want Him to do? Or does our faith simply allow us to see what God does through the eyes of trust and love, through the eyes of a little boy gazing upon a father that he worships? The formula in a lot of Christian films is that faith helps us get what we want. The reality is that faith helps us to deal with what God wants. There is a big difference. I enjoyed Little Boy, but not simply for its message of faith. We can all see ourselves in one character or another as they all deal differently with the tension of WWII. Overall, Little Boy is a touching and poignant film, well worth a shot.
Jakov Salvati's acting was amazing. His authenticity is refreshing. Bring your whole family. This movie affirms the altruistic values everyone wants to instill in our children. There are a couple of war scenes that for a child under 13 could leave an impact, but Little Boy's faith, hope and love could be a topic of conversation in family meals for days. LOVED ITThe film's cinematography was breathtaking. I am so proud of Eduardo Verastegui, he did an amazing job with his first movie as a director. I hope this is only the beginning. At the end of the movie, it received a huge <more>
Well-written authentic story about an eight-year-old's tenacity (by andrew-14665)
It's easy to see how religious people take this for a religious movie, except in many ways it just isn't. It's really just about the little boy, Pepper Busbee, in a small coastal California town. He really is SHORT - like, pediatrician discussing possible dwarfism short - making him a target for bullies.The little boy's fantasy life is authentically and brilliantly depicted in several sequences through the movie, not overly detailed nor overly stylized. The heroic comic-book magician "Ben Eagle" provides a running foil to the fantasy.World War II removes his father, <more>
his partner in fantasy adventures and presumably a protector from bullies, leaving the little boy grieving and longing for his return. By chance Pepper glances up from his Ben Eagle comic to hear a sermon saying a mustard seed of faith can move mountains. He marches to the preacher to get an explanation so that he can 'move the mountain' of getting his dad back from war.The dominant relationship is between Pepper and Hashimoto, a sixty-ish Japanese recently returned from internment. This is a key part of the "assignment" Pepper embraces to move the mountain, although it also includes a selection of the traditional "Works of Mercy" such as feeding the hungry.At intervals we see the near-death hazards faced by Pepper's dad, like so many other Pacific theatre GI's, including time as a POW.The kid's not complicated, he just wants the bullies to leave him alone and to have his dad back. Along the way he grows into a child with great character qualities.The acting is very strong, except for the older brother "London."The writing is very authentic.The setting is hard for me to assess - the small town is intimate and somewhat catty, but in other ways pretty warm. I loved this film.
Ya know, I pride myself as a macho strong, independent man, I don't have a pick up truck nor have I engaged in caber tossing like they do in that Scottish athletic games, but I don't easily cry while watching a film, no matter how sentimental it can get. The last time I shed tears was when watching "Armageddon" the scene in which Bruce Willis said goodbye to his daughter played by Liv Tyler. But my holy freakin' goodness, LITTLE BOY had me literally crying like four times at the screening, four times, man! And ya know what, I didn't regret it at all. This is a very <more>
powerful, inspiring, can-do film, led by child star, Jakob Salvati whose talent is bigger than his appearance.From co-writer/director Alejandro Monteverde, LITTLE BOY is about an 8-year old boy, Jakob's character, Pepper who believes that he has what it takes to bring his father home from WWII alive. He and his father are really close, so when his father Michael Rapaport leaves for war in place of his oldest son, it sets off events in that family, in that community, in that small town that will get them all learning about tolerance, faith, and love. Jakob is given a task by the local priest Tom Wilkinson and this list of assignments are supposed to help bring his father back, one of them is for Pepper to befriend the only Japanese resident, Hashimoto Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa , it's an uphill task for Pepper seeing that his older brother and the whole town are blaming Hashimoto for the war.Christian community might see this film as something that they can encourage their members to go to theaters and see with their families and I think they should, but LITTLE BOY is not a Christian film. It also wrestles with the idea of believing in one self, one's will power. But what's great about this film is that it doesn't take sides, it only goes to show that many people hold different beliefs, doesn't always mean that some are more right than others. This child actor, Jakob, blew me away. He's so effortless, you feel his pain and agony, Jakob makes it so easy for us to feel sad for Pepper, makes us want him to be a better kid each day. If you're looking for a good cry, LITTLE BOY is the prefect movie for you, it's a tear jerker but not in a sense that it alienates certain audiences, because anybody who's dealt with loss or separation, anybody who doubts the idea of a mountain-moving faith, can relate to LITTLE BOY.Please read more at Ramascreen.Com
In a clever allegory promoting nuclear warfare . . . (by oscaralbert)
. . . the title character LITTLE BOY is conflated with the real-life bomb bearing that code name, which instantly vaporized some 80,000 mostly civilian Japanese folks on August 6, 1945. Note that if Sony Corporation had its hooks into ALL U.S. theater chains, this flick would have been seen by even FEWER people than was THE INTERVIEW. One hour, 13 minutes, and 45 seconds into LITTLE BOY, this film's soundtrack joyfully blares the Sunday School standard "This Little Light of Mine" while archival footage of Hiroshima's apocalyptic Death Cloud brightens the screen! This may <more>
be the first documented and totally overt "Nukes for Jesus" message EVER conveyed by American mass media. To hammer this point home, 39-inch-small LITTLE BOY next pictures HIMSELF as his namesake Nuclear Holocaust Capsule, standing as the ONLY human alive deep in Hiroshima's Ground Zero Crater! The not-so-subtle main message here is that LITTLE BOY's daddy only survives WWII because of the A-Bombs. LITTLE BOY's implicit argument is that America has lost Her way since 1945, and MUST revert to nuclear Revenge & Deterrence forays into world trouble spots such as Iran, Russia, North Korea, and China to regain Her stature as God's Annointed Holy Nation. The rest of this movie is carefully constructed to teach LEGAL immigrants about the proper way to live in America. Mr. Yashimoto is NOT accepted until ALL of his cultural keepsakes and traditions are stomped to bits in the dust. LITTLE BOY is yelling to the barrio, "Forget May 5, Quincineras, and piñatas--gorge on Fourth of July hot dogs instead!
Others have recounted well enough the story line here so I won't bored you with that. In broad strokes, with a lot of talented and well- known actors newcomer Jakob Salvati steals the show and carries the film. That's taking nothing away from the other performances of which Tom Wilkinson's nicely underplayed priest and mom played by Emma Watson. Lot of small roles by well know actors, Ted Levine a personal favorite and with a nice performance here. Not at all preachy or tied up with a neat little resolution at the end as many of these faith-based movies can be. It's also not <more>
a fantasy which is what I thought from the trailers: the value of faith as process or journey verse believing and seeing miracle outcomes. Can be a bit overly sentimental at times but not out of line for the gravity of its subject. I enjoyed the guilty pleasure of a couple good cries. It's hard to be lured away from where a movie like this usually goes but it was able to do so with me. I couldn't project the end and having seen as many movies as I have that's not easy to do. It's a good movie for the whole family though perhaps not for the very young.