Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, whose work includes “Son of God” and the TV miniseries “The Bible,” are expected to release their newest project, “Little Boy,” in April.
But the feature about a 7-year-old “willing to do whatever it takes to end World War II so he can bring his father home,” will be out with a PG-13, not PG, rating.
According to a Hollywood Reporter report, that’s because the MPAA said it had too much “thematic” material, and the filmmakers’ appeal to the Classification and Rating Administration failed to prompt a change.
Producer and actor Eduardo Verastegui told the HR, “Hollywood’s idea of what is objectionable content is very different from the Americans I meet when I travel across America.”
He portrays a priest.
“The parents that I know are tired of having their kids saturated with sex, violence and disrespectful behavior. Our movie has none of that,” Verastegui said.
The film rating agency said only that it noticed “thematic material including violence.” HR reported insiders suggested that scenes “of bigotry aimed at a Japanese man in the U.S. during the war as well as implied cruelty inflicted on a U.S. soldier by the Japanese” were the difficulty.
The movie features Emily Watson, Kevin James, Tom Wilkinson, David Henrie and more.
The Reported noted talk show host Glenn Beck had recommended the project to family audiences, trumpeting, “Grab your spouse, your kids, go on a date, go alone or bring a friend and their family. Just see this film.”
Downey also is a veteran of the TV series “Touched by an Angel” and also released the movie “Bella.”
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