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Little Boy [2015] [PG-13] - 1.5.2

 
 

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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A small boy (Jakob Salvati) with growth problems determines to bring his father (Michael Rappaport) back from WWII by way of magic and his own faith. Along the way he struggles against naysayers that denounce him and bigots that hate his Japanese friend. Also with Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson, Ted Levine and Emma Watson. Directed by Alejandro Monteverdi. [1:26]

SEX/NUDITY 1 - A male doctor flirts with a child patient's mother, smiling and asking to come to dinner; at dinner he tells the child's older brother that the mom is the best view in the house (he is looking at her behind as she bends to look into the oven in the kitchen). After a woman's husband is declared dead during WWII, a man suggests that he visit at the family's house, but the woman turns him down, saying that she will always be married to her husband.
 A husband and his wife hug at a train station before a trip. A wife hugs her husband in a hospital.
 A woman in a church is shown to have a swollen belly under her blouse, indicating pregnancy. GIs in a POW camp wear sleeveless undershirts; one man is shirtless.

VIOLENCE/GORE 5 - A few WWII battle scenes show US and Japanese soldiers firing rifles with loud bangs in a jungle: the men throw grenades that pop loudly and light up in the distance, we hear someone firing automatic rifles off-screen, and one American GI is shown putting down his rifle and is taken prisoner by a squad of Japanese. In two scenes USAF planes fire on a POW camp and GIs covered in mud (from hauling heavy bags) run. In one scene a man falls face down (we see blood in his mouth) and another GI steals his shoes, but falls to the ground, dead, without blood, after we hear gunfire.
 A group of Mongols, their leader wearing a red demon mask, attacks a group of Samurai and they fight with spears, swords and axes; men drop and roll on the ground as the masked man raises a large 4-bladed axe over his head and strikes a man off screen as another man grimaces. A man draws venom from two scorpions and puts it onto a dart; he uses the dart when he attacks a Mongol leader and throws it into his throat (he drops toward the camera, dead).
 During WWII, the residents of a small town are rude toward their only Japanese neighbor who is an elderly man; the soda fountain clerk refuses to serve him, a man stands in front of him and tells him to move out of town, and a younger man shouts at him several times telling him that they don't serve Japs in the grocery store. A young man takes his little bother to an Asian man's house late at night and forces the boy to break a window with rocks as the older brother lights a Molotov cocktail and falls, dropping it on the lawn, which ignites and fills the screen with fire (the older brother ends up in jail the next morning). A young man brings a shotgun into an Asian man's dining room, threatens the man with murder and tells him to get out while cocking the gun; the young man's mother shoves him away and then slaps him in the face as his younger brother runs out of the house. At night a young man and an older man break into an Asian man's house and ransack it, then wait for him in the darkness; the older man cries because his son died in the war in the Pacific and beats the Asian man until he convulses.
 Bullies attack a small boy several times, taunting him and calling him "midget"; a large boy pours soda over his head and calls it a "baptism," taunting the boy for being Catholic before they lock him into a large wooden dumpster (he gets out). A bully pushes a small boy down by the face onto a dirt street and later knocks him down with a shove. A small boy watches a large bully walking toward him, shouting rude names and he swings his large metal lunchbox into the bully's face (the bully falls off-screen).
 A soldier in a bed with his head covered in bandages, his arm from shoulder to forearm is badly burned, with charred areas, red raw skin, and some peeling skin and his other arm is partially bandaged.
 Two Samurai warriors practice sword fighting, with their swords clanging together.
 A man lies in a hospital bed with his face severely bruised, a young boy visits and the man has a sort of convulsion and a nurse gives him a very large injection (please see the Substance Use category for more details) and the little boy cries, "Don't die"; we see the man later walking with a cane. A three-year-old boy rides a bike off-screen and we hear a crash; we then see the boy with a cast on his arm. A POW from WWII sits in a wheelchair and wears bandages around his forehead, and has red scars on both temples and cheeks as his doctor states that he was severely traumatized.
 A boy has a frightening dream that shows a large circle of black debris and a red missile stuck nose down in it and the boy, wearing a red shirt and long black shorts reads his nickname on the missile (Little Boy); the boy looks up and sees people burned to a crisp where they stood -- a woman with her mouth open and a ring of children dancing -- and the boy awakes in bed, horrified. In a dream, a man fires a cowboy's six-shooter toward the camera and we hear a bang and see smoke; he and a small boy hang from the side of a building. In an old movie, a magician leans over a cliff, holding onto a man and a woman by their wrists, trying to save them as a madman flies away with some sort of jet-pack like device. In another movie scene, a madman puts a woman into a guillotine, but a magician saves her by causing a flash of light and smoke to destroy the device. A magician says an incantation over a small boy and declares that the boy now has magic power; the boy points his hands at an empty soda bottle at the far end of a table and grunts several times causing the bottle to slide to the boy. A man shouts at his younger brother to make a mountain move and the little boy points his hands at a mountain on the horizon, grunts loudly several times, and an earthquake occurs that shakes the streets of the town; signs fall, concrete walls crack, a chandelier falls and breaks, walks crack, and pictures fall off walls (no one is hurt). A boy decides to help end WWII by going to the town harbor, pointing his hands toward Japan, and sending power waves; he goes daily, pointing and grunting, until the newspapers print news of the Hiroshima bomb and he sees a newsreel of the bomb exploding and becomes tearful.
 An army officer tells a woman at her door that her husband is missing in action in WWII and she becomes tearful. An army officer arrives at a woman's door and tells her that her husband died in action; she stumbles out into her front yard, drops to her knees and cries. A young boy sees his mother in her bedroom, crying over a pair of her husband's overalls. An army officer arrives at a woman's house and tells her that her husband is alive; she drops a large framed picture, shattering the glass. A doctor tells a small boy and his mother that the boy has growth problems, possibly dwarfism. A recruiting sergeant tells a man that he is 4-F for army duty because of flat feet; the man's parents become depressed about it and he becomes angry. A man enlists in the army for WWII and his youngest son shouts and cries. A young boy's older brother shouts at him about wanting their father to come back from the war. A man tells a boy that his wife died before he had a chance to tell her goodbye, because she fell into a coma before he arrived at the hospital; the man and boy hug each other. A man says that his wife died and that he and his son have not eaten well since. A man shouts at an air compressor in a mechanic's garage when it malfunctions; it hisses, squeals loudly and sends the air hose clattering all over the floor. A man breaks a belt on a machine and kicks the machine.
 At a short outdoor memorial, a Japanese man limps in with a cane and bows to the family of the deceased; the ceremony ends as a small boy walks to a headstone and cries loudly as adults become tearful.
 A man scrapes scale off a dead fish with a long knife.

PROFANITY 2 - 1 scatological term, 16 derogatory terms for the Japanese, name-calling (rats, evil, Tiny Tim, runt, little boy, midget, fairy tale, stupid, crazy, idiot, junk, lousy, schmuck, fat motherless pig), stereotypical references to Catholic priests, Italians, the Japanese, bigots, bullies, men, women, parents, brothers, widowers, patriots, short people, magicians, Native Americans, damsels in distress, comic book heroes, 3 religious statements (God is an imaginary friend in the sky), 1 magic incantation. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - A nurse gives a patient a large unknown injection with a hypodermic needle and a doctor gives him oxygen. A man drinks from a small flask of whiskey and another man drinks from a tall bottle of whiskey in a car, men at tables and a bar in a tavern drink from glasses of beer and a few bottles of liquor are seen on the back bar, a man drinks form a beer bottle in his kitchen, bottles of whiskey are shown on a store shelf and they rattle in another scene during an earthquake, an unlabeled wine bottle is seen on a priest's desk, a man tells someone on the phone that he never drinks, and a man drinks from a partially filled liquor bottle and then makes a Molotov cocktail with it (please see the Violence/Gore category for more details). A man smokes a cigarette in a tavern as well as on a sidewalk and in a car and house, a second man smokes a cigarette on the sidewalk, a priest smokes a pipe, and a woman standing on a sidewalk smokes a pipe.

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Belief, faith, religious denominations, war, the atomic bomb and Hiroshima, death, loss, grief, healing, hatred, bigotry, POW camps and Japanese internment camps, patriotism.

MESSAGE - Belief is a powerful force that can help people survive hardships and create positive results.

Special Keywords: S1 - V5 - P2 - MPAAPG-13

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