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Little Man Review

Movies.com Critics

2.0

Dave White Profile

… it's crap that folks want to see. Read full review

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Critics scores range from 0 to 100, with higher scores indicating more favorable reviews.

  • 2.0
    26

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally unfavorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 25

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Lisa Schwarzbaum

    Tedious.

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  • 30

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Michael Rechtshaffen

    Once the initial round of breast-feeding and rectal thermometer bits is fired off, the picture starts to give off the funky whiff of unattended Pampers.

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  • 38

    out of 100

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    I'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh at some of this--though it's not as funny as Laurel and Hardy as toddlers in "Brats." But I wanted to slap myself whenever I did.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today

    Almost in spite of itself, Little Man manages to deliver big laughs. It's not enough to make it a consistently funny movie, but this one-trick pony from the Wayans brothers has flashes of humor and sincerity that almost save it from its disastrous ending.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 14+

Crude, rude one-joke failed comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this film is filled with sexual allusions pushing the PG-13 envelope (visible tongue-kissing, foreplay under covers, references to penis sizes and sperm counts, bouncing breasts, comments about women's bodies). Characters commit frequent, loud acts of violence (hits, falls, collisions, and kicks), resulting in brief bruising and pain inflicted on small children. A character tricks another into having sex with him. The film includes vulgar bodily-function jokes alongside the sex and violence, including a dog urinating on Cal dressed as a baby in a basket, flatulence in a bathtub, spitting up/spraying breast milk, a thunderous bowel movement, and the "baby" rubbing Pops' bedtime cookie on his crotch and bottom to make it stinky.

  • Families can talk about the film's seeming reinforcement of good father-son relations through a premise that involves deception, selfishness, and adultery. When Darryl and Cal finally bond "as adults," why is it significant that this involves violence and then drinking? They can also talk about the appeal of gross-out comedies and where the line is between silly and offensive.

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Lies, thievery, coarse sexual humor, and "comic" violence against kids.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Cal sneaks into Vanessa's bed and has sex with her (she believes it's her husband); Percy hits Cal with his car door; Cal hits Percy and others in the head (he uses a frying pan to knock out Darryl); characters carry guns; Cal throws a dog out a car window; cops tackle and beat suspect; car crashes; repeated whomps to men's crotches; football game involves father smacking young boys in their heads; fathers attend violent hockey game (a player comes into the stands to stomp Cal); Cal fights with man in dinosaur suit.

  • sex false5

    Sex: Barrage of jokes about penis size, sperm counts, sexual "satisfaction," and Viagra; Cal sits on Brittany's lap and grabs at her large breasts; Brittany's "cheers" for football game are sexualized; Cal offers to show at end. pictures of "naked girls" to four-year-olds and they run away ("Ewww!"); very brief homophobic joke.

  • language false3

    Language: Lots of profanity and crude language.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Brief reference to Starbucks.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Cigar smoking; references to "crackheads" and getting out of "rehab" at the end, Darryl offers to put liquor in Cal's milk.

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