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Does your family enjoy having a movie night?
Does it feel near impossible to find a film that can be watched by the whole family which reinforces the values you want to instill in your children?
We suffer from both of those problems at times in our house. Some movies are just not appropriate for younger eyes, yet the teens want to watch them. Or, the mainstream media selection seems devoid of films that are capable of providing entertainment without throwing your faith and values to the wind in the process. Thankfully, there ARE options out there and companies like FishFlix.com which have gathered them together in one spot for purchase.
About Little Boy DVD and FishFlix.com
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.
FishFlix.com is an online storefront where you can purchase family friendly shows that entertain and just might edify in the process. They offer thousands of Christian films through their spot on the web. The company seeks to live out verses from Colossians with their belief of honoring God through hard work, good service, a good products. They have the mission to be “The Greatest Christian and Family-Friendly Films in the World” delivered to customers at great prices. So far, they appear to be doing a fantastic job of that living that mission and helping families in the process.
Our Thoughts on Little Boy DVD and FishFlix.com
I really love seeing films like this which tell a compelling story which entertains as well as reinforces values. Little Boy highlights the themes of faith, hope and love in the face of adversity, something which I want my boys to have top of mind when in a difficult or challenging situation.
My older boys hesitated to watch this movie, so it was just my almost 6 year old and I viewing it. In some ways that might have been a blessing in disguise as my boys do not always understand why mom gets emotional during some films. Yep, this is one to have the box of tissues handy for when the tears start flowing. Between seeing the torture ‘little boy’ goes through for being different than the other kids and the angst his family endures not knowing if their beloved father/husband will return, there are several times where I grabbed a tissue to wipe my eyes or blow my nose.
Something that this film did inspire was discussion with my youngest son about the loss of a family member. He is old enough now that he can understand that death means that a loved one will not return to us in this life. And, he is starting to grasp the concept of faith more as he matures. Both of those topics came up for discussion during the film with him saying more than once that he would be super sad, too, if his dad died.
I really liked the portrayal of the parish priest, Father Oliver, as he attempts to help “Little Boy” grow his faith even when the end result might not be what he desired. However, the process which includes befriending an older Japanese male who has moved to the small coastal town and on the receiving end of brutal treatment as many of the citizens regard all Japanese as evil. (And as an adult, I can see the common thread of both Hashimoto and Pepper being on the receiving end of terrible bullying which could be an underlying reason that the priest chose to connect the two.)
Overall, the cinematography and screen play were well done. I suspect that my older boys would find it well executed and I plan to pull out the Little Boy DVD for a future family movie night. And, I am very grateful to have FishFlix.com as a place to find movies that the family can enjoy without worrying about content.
Do you and your children enjoy family friendly movies like Little Boy?
What is the last movie you watched together as a family?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit the FishFlix.com Review post on the Schoolhouse Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this and other self-paced courses.