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Little Man Tate Review

For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Moving story of a smart boy and protective mom.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie might have a child as the lead character, but it deals with mature themes. A single mom tells her son he had no father, that he was a miracle. A young boy's isolation and anxiety might distress sensitive audiences, while his social exclusion at school will resonate with those who have experienced the difficulties of fitting-in. A college student takes a young boy to a pool-hall where people are drinking and smoking, and later is seen semi-naked in bed with a young woman. There are scenes of social anxiety, including a television appearance and a party, and multiple references to the stress-induced ulcers suffered by a child. There are three accidents involving children, all of which result in adult/medical attention. A character smokes and drinks in private. Several scenes have name-calling and profanity.

  • Families can talk about how the relationship between Fred and Dede changes over the movie: What makes the characters lose or gain confidence? Fred is portrayed as a very rare sort of genius, one who excels at everything he touches but who also feels things very deeply. How does he relate to other kids? The character of the "mathemagician" says that without Jane and the academic approval she brings, he would just be "another creep in a cape." How does he differ from Fred? Parents might wish to discuss the broader theme of accepting people different from themselves.

The good stuff
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    Messages: Name calling and exclusion of character. Bright kids are excluded for being different.

What to watch for
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    Violence: Three non-explicit accidents knock kids unconscious and necessitate medical attention.

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    Sex: Very brief, non-explicit scene of undressed couple lounging in bed together.

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    Language: Strong language and name-calling.

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    Consumerism: Not an issue

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    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Barroom drinking, mother smokes and drinks to relax,