Little Boy

2015 PG-13 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD

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Little Boy

2015 PG-13 1h 47m Blu-ray / DVD
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An 8-year-old boy with developmental challenges is devastated when his devoted father -- and lone friend -- is drafted during World War II. With his dad out of the picture, the youngster is determined to fight the bullies who torment him at school.
Blu-ray DVD
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1
English SDH, Spanish (Neutral), French
English: DTS-HD Master Audio
PG-13 - Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13. Parents are urged to be cautious. Some material may be inappropriate for pre-teenagers.
age 11+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 11+
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age 11+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that Little Boy is a period drama about a smaller-than-average boy who believes that if he finishes a "magic list" of good deeds, he can miraculously bring his father back from World War II. There are some scenes of violence, including newsreel footage of WWII and sequences set during the war (including in a Japanese POW camp), plus sequences in which a group of men harass and beat up a Japanese American out of anger and prejudice. Language ranges from insults ("idiot," "midget") to WWII-era racial epithets ("Jap," "yellow hide," "Buddha head"), but the themes and messages -- from the power of family to the beauty of the father-son bond -- are positive and age appropriate for older tweens.

Sexual Content

A doctor stares at a married woman's figure.


Gun violence during World War II (i.e. when the Japanese start shooting and killing their POWs toward the end of the war) and in newsreel footage. Photos and brief footage of the aftermath of an atomic bomb detonation. Hospital full of injured veterans. Bottle firebomb thrown at Hashimoto's house. Men harass, threaten, and eventually badly beat up a local Japanese man. A boy is bullied relentlessly for his size.


Racial epithets ("Jap," "yellow hide," "Buddha-head") and insults "midget," "traitor," "tiny," "idiot," etc.

Social Behavior

Explores the importance of faith, the power of words, and the value of getting beyond stereotypes to see people for who they are, not who they might represent. Also stresses the unconditional bond between fathers and sons and small-town community spirit.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Men drink while talking about the war.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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