In the film, Larry, a shy kid (played by newcomer Joel Nathan Evans) is bullied by the local tough guy, Darcy (Adam Butcher), and has a hopeless crush on Juliet Hope (Chloe Rose). Things start looking up for Larry when he befriends new kid Johnny Beck (Gordon), but it can’t last. The film is based on the 1966 novel of the same name, by Richard van Camp.
Reviewer Patrick Mullan of Cinemablographer.com generally praised the film, stating that “the crows and wolves to which the film cuts have considerable resonance” while adding that it “feels firmly rooted in realism,” and concluded that it is “an invaluable step forward in terms of onscreen representation needed to aid the healing process.” Mullan did feel, though, that The Lesser Blessed is “a bit heavy in its realization of such weighty subject matter” and that first-time actor Evans was asked “to carry a bit too much of the weight.”
Below: "Kiowa Gordon of Twilight fame plays Johnny in The Lesser Blessed.