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For seven-year-old Pepper “Little Boy” Busbee life seems just about perfect. Sure he may be short, sure the other kids might bully him, but he has his Dad. With Dad impossible things somehow become possible, and every day is an adventure. Every day that is, until Dad has to go fight in the second World War. That’s when Pepper’s life comes crashing down around his head. But then something unexplainable happens, and Pepper discovers that with faith all things are possible. From Open Road and Metanoia Films comes a story of hope and healing, Little Boy. Starring Jakob Salvati, Emily Watson, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Michael Rapaport, and David Henrie, Little Boy will encourage and inspire viewers to have faith and believe in the impossible.
Growing up in a small California town sounds just about heavenly. After all there are small town charms, plenty of sunshine, and a soda fountain just around the corner. And it is pretty heavenly, too. Heavenly, that is, unless you are an extremely short, skinny little boy, and Pepper Busbee (played by Jakob Salvati) was such a boy. He was so short everyone called him “little boy.” So scrawny he had more bullies than friends. And so tiny he couldn’t even see over the soda fountain counter. In short, life was not looking up for Pepper Busbee from Little Boy. In fact, he seemed to always be “looking up” at life. Life would have been pretty terrible if it had not been for one person. Pepper’s dad James. You see, when Dad looked at Pepper he did not look down, he did not look up, he looked at Pepper as an equal—and they were inseparable. Dad and Pepper were the best of pals, and when Dad was around ordinary days turned into adventures. Sometimes it was a pirate ship, sometimes it was cowboys in the wild west, but wherever they went if Dad was there Pepper could do it. Dad made Pepper tall.
Then the worst happened. The Japanese attack Pearl Harbor and suddenly Pepper’s little California town in in the midst of a World War. When London Busbee (played by David Henrie)—Pepper’s older brother—is refused by the Army, Dad decides to enlist in his place. The entire world of Pepper Busbee from Little Boy is falling apart, because when Dad leaves Pepper’s courage, his strength, and his only friend leave with him.
But Dad has to go. He has to go fight the battles for the country. So Pepper, London, and Mom are left behind to fight their own battles. For Mom loneliness sets in, for London the battle lines are drawn up against fear, failure, and depression. For Pepper the bullies seem to grow bigger, and the chances of getting Dad back seem to grow smaller with every day.
Life could not be getting worse for the Busbee family. Then something unexpected happens. Chosen to help a magician with a trick at a local show, Pepper begins to see the importance of faith. And with the help of the local priest Father Oliver Pepper’s faith and belief deepen and grow. Is Pepper’s faith strong enough to move mountains? Will it bring his father home? Journey with the Busbee family in Little Boy as they embark on an adventure of faith like they have never done before.
Pepper and Dad’s relationship in Little Boy is a powerful reminder of the importance a Father’s love has in the life of a little boy. When he could have walked away, focused on his job, or simply told Pepper to “get over it,” Dad stepped in with love to help his little boy feel valued and strong. Dad stepped in and taught Pepper how to have courage, how to respect people around you, how to live with a bit of imagination, and most importantly how to have faith and hope in the most difficult times. The film Little Boy is a heartwarming reminder to Father’s everywhere that their attention, love, and instruction can make a world of difference in the lives of their sons and daughters. It is a call to fathers to step in with love and be God’s hands and feet.
The film Little Boy holds an even more powerful reminder, however. So often we hear in our world today, “don’t be childish,” and there is truth in that statement. However, we are told by God to become like the little children. To have hearts that love unconditionally, and faith that is strong and immovable. Pepper’s journey of faith in Little Boy is a reminder to viewers everywhere to have the heart, faith, and belief of a child. A faith that does not care what others think. A faith that is confident God can do the impossible. A faith that does not waver, even when logically nothing good can or will happen. Little Boy will inspire, encourage, and challenge viewers to have the heart and faith of a child—and, who knows, you may even move mountains.
A heartwarming film about faith and family, viewers of all ages will enjoy Pepper’s journey in Little Boy whether fighting criminals in the wild west with his Father or standing up to bullies in his own home town, Pepper will inspire young and old alike with his imagination, hope, courage, and faith. A small boy in a small town somewhere in California is about to take the journey of his life and remind everyone that faith doesn’t have to be big—it only has to be the size of a mustard seed.
Little Boy has been rated PG-13 by the Motion Picture Association of America for some mature thematic material and violence. This film received the “Family Approved” award for ages twelve and up from the Dove Foundation and four and a half out of five review from Focus on the Family’s “Plugged In”. As always, it is recommended that parents preview all content to determine what is suitable for their children, but the film Little Boy is generally considered appropriate for most older audiences.
Don’t let anyone tell you something isn’t possible.
Little Pepper Busbee enjoys an idyllic life in an American small town. But his world is shattered when his adoring father is forced off to fight in World War II. But a chance encounter with a stage magician awakens his dormant abilities and clues him into the power of faith. Now his devotion to his father will extend past time and space and into the realm of miracles.
Little Boy is a magical film about the love of a father for his little boy, and the love of a little boy for his father. Little Boy is an utterly unique and powerful story that will make you laugh, cry, and think about what matters most in life.