Not recommended under 14; parental guidance recommended 14-15 (Themes; Violence)
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|Children under 14||Not recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 14-15||Parental guidance recommended due to themes and violence|
|Children 15 and over||OK for this age group|
This section contains details about the movie, including its classification by the Australian Government Classification Board and the associated consumer advice lines.
|Name of movie:||Little Boy|
|Consumer advice lines:||Mature themes and violence|
This review of the movie contains the following information:
Little Boy is set in the 1940s. It is the story of a young boy named Pepper Busbee (Jakoc Salvati), who is only 39 inches tall despite being 8 years old. He lives in California with his parents and older brother. When the United States begins enlisting soldiers for World War II, Pepper’s older brother is selected. However, after he is medically disqualified, Pepper’s father James (Michael Rapaport) goes in his place.
James is Pepper’s best friend, and the young boy is devastated when his father has to leave to fight the Japanese. After a while, Pepper begins to believe that he has magical powers and might be able to bring his father back from the war. He speaks with a priest who recommends a list of ‘good deeds’ to complete in order to do this, with one of them being to befriend a Japanese American who has been being bullied and mistreated as a result of his race. Gradually, Pepper begins to let go of the hatred he feels towards the Japanese for taking his father away.
Children and adolescents may react adversely at different ages to themes of crime, suicide, drug and alcohol dependence, death, serious illness, family breakdown, death or separation from a parent, animal distress or cruelty to animals, children as victims, natural disasters and racism. Occasionally reviews may also signal themes that some parents may simply wish to know about.
Relationships; war; racism and prejudice; bullying
Research shows that children are at risk of learning that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution when violence is glamourised, performed by an attractive hero, successful, has few real life consequences, is set in a comic context and / or is mostly perpetrated by male characters with female victims, or by one race against another.
Repeated exposure to violent content can reinforce the message that violence is an acceptable means of conflict resolution. Repeated exposure also increases the risks that children will become desensitised to the use of violence in real life or develop an exaggerated view about the prevalence and likelihood of violence in their own world.
There is considerably violence within the film, including:
Children under five are most likely to be frightened by scary visual images, such as monsters, physical transformations.
Many of the scenes above are likely to disturb young viewers. There is also a scene where a burns victim is shown, with bandages covering most of his injuries.
Children aged five to eight will also be frightened by scary visual images and will also be disturbed by depictions of the death of a parent, a child abandoned or separated from parents, children or animals being hurt or threatened and / or natural disasters.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by the above-mentioned scenes.
Children aged eight to thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic threats and dangers, violence or threat of violence and / or stories in which children are hurt or threatened.
Children in this age group are also likely to be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Children over the age of thirteen are most likely to be frightened by realistic physical harm or threats, molestation or sexual assault and / or threats from aliens or the occult.
Younger children in this age group may also be disturbed by some of the above-mentioned scenes.
Nothing of concern
There is a brief moment where a man talks about having the ‘best view’ from a certain chair, as there is a woman bending over nearby.
Nothing of concern
There is some use of substances, including:
There is mild use of coarse language, including:
Little Boy is an inspiring tale of one boy’s journey in rising above the racist hatred prevalent during World War II. The relationship between Pepper and his father is unshakeable, but the unlikely friendship that forms between Pepper and the Japanese-American man named Mr Hashimoto is the one that has the greatest impact on him. Through their friendship, Pepper learns that it is imperative to judge people as individuals, separate from their race or community, and that people do not fit into neat stereotypes. The film also highlights the destructive nature of bullying, as well as the devastation that a war causes for the countries involved.
Because of its themes and scenes of violence, the film is not recommended for children under 14.
Values in this movie that parents may wish to reinforce with their children include:
Content is age appropriate for children this age
Some content may not be appropriate for children this age. Parental guidance recommended
Content is not age appropriate for children this age