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Little Heroes

USA 2023
produced by
Douglas B. Maddox for DBM Films
directed by Brittany Goodwin
starring Coleman Christian, Max Gerstenberg, Corban Jaaz, Ashtine Besteda, Alexa Feldman, Brian Stever, Brittany Goodwin, Jason J. Little, Justin Moe, Donald Imm, Jodi Dawson
story by Brittany Goodwin, screenplay by Brittany Goodwin, Douglas B. Maddox, Jeremiah Wiseblood, music by Andrei Shulgach

review by
Mike Haberfelner

It's the summer in an American small town, and best friends, youngsters Robbie (Coleman Christian), Eric (Corban Jazz), tomboy Grace (Ashtine Besteda) and nerdy Brewster (Max Gerstenberg), want to spend it like every other summer, hanging out at the local pond, going for swims ever so often. However, when Brewster's sister Diana's (Alexa Feldman) foot gets stuck somewhere in the pond and she almost drowns, Brewster's dad (Brian Stever) forbids them all to go even near the pond - a rather harsh reaction to what has been essentially a silly accident. Thing is, Brewster's dad works at the local paper mill, and he knows (and is worried about) that the company dumps some of its waste into the pond - even though according to his boss Kerri (Brittany Goodwin) it's within acceptable margins. However, after her accident, Diana gets really sick for a day or two, so our young heroes decide to investigate - even if that means breaking into Kerri's office one night to find some incriminating evidence. And evidence they find - but who's going to believe them at their tender age?


As far as movies with kid heroes go, this is most certainly one of the better ones - for one because it doesn't talk down to its young target audience and instead revolves around a rather serious enviromental issue. However, in approach the film is light-footed, putting entertainment over delivering its message. And in directorial this film sure is a throwback to the 1980s, being somewhat reminiscent of the best kiddie adventures of that era - so much so that Little Heroes looks and feels like it's set back when, even though that's never explicitely mentioned. And very relatable young leads giving solid performances and carrying the film most certainly also doesn't hurt, making this a rather enjoyable ride.


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