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'Little Boy' a shiny, sentimental lesson in faith, tolerance

'Little Boy' a shiny, sentimental lesson in faith, tolerance

Tolerance, World War II history and faith are served up with a sticky sentimental gloss in the family film "Little Boy." The film brings together Pepper (Jakob Salvati), a wide-eyed 7-year-old boy desperate for his father (Michael Rapaport) to return home from the war in the Pacific, and an older Japanese man named Hashimoto (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa), shunned by the Pearl Harbor-scarred residents of their small California town. The glue is a wise priest (Tom Wilkinson) who sees an opportunity to teach lasting Christian values to the willful Pepper, who is bullied by older kids for his diminutive size but loose with the racial epithets. It's all simplistic sermonizing in...

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