Albie (Noah Lomax) and his sister Tiffany (Katherine McNamara) are spending their summer with his Aunt Jackie (Leigh-Allyn Baker) and whilst Tiffany is more out going Albie is happiest with his books and science experiments. But thanks to Aunt Jackie, young Albie makes a friend in Eddie (Aedin Mincks), a would be magician who introduces him to his little gang of friends known as the Savages. And suddenly things take an interesting turn as they end up in a race against time to solve a series of clues and find a hidden treasure left by an eccentric philanthropist before a group of bullies find it.
What I would love to tell you right now is that "Little Savages" is a family movie, something that after a family Sunday lunch everyone could sit down to watch. But truth be told I can't because whilst this inoffensive movie will keep young children entertained with its summer of making friends and adventure type of story it doesn't deliver anything to keep adults entertained. In fact as an adult all I could think about is the various movies I have watched over the decades which it reminded me of as it reworks the whole shy child who make friends and has an adventure to remember over a summer holiday.
The thing is that whilst I found "Little Savages" predictable and not over engrossing when it's taken as a children's movie it doesn't have anything wrong with it. It has some caricature style characters to make children laugh, some simple slapstick and inoffensive humour whilst it typically serves up some life lessons along the way when it comes to making the right friends and so on. And I would imagine that those who are young enough to enjoy it would find the likes of Noah Lomax and Aedin Mincks entertaining young actors.
What this all boils down to is that whilst "Little Savages" works it is a case that it is more of a movie for children than the entire family due to it offering up little for any grown up who finds themselves watching it.