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Little Criminals (1995)

Des is an eleven year old kid who has had a really bad deal in life. Crime and mischief are the main staples of his life and he and his friends cruise around the city and do things like ... See full summary »

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Des
Myles Ferguson ...
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House
Jordan Clarke ...
Sam
London Sam Baergen ...
Jamal
John Nguyen ...
Nick
Loc Vo ...
Tak
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Vince
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Clarke
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Kostash
Sonia Norris ...
Judy
Keely Purvis ...
Nonny
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Des is an eleven year old kid who has had a really bad deal in life. Crime and mischief are the main staples of his life and he and his friends cruise around the city and do things like vandalize, steal, light fires, and mug people. He thinks that he is untouchable because he cannot be charged until he is twelve. Cory becomes Des' best friend and they carry on like nothing can stop them; however, Des ends up at an assessment centre for troubled youths and may begin a new life without crime. Written by Josh Pasnak <chainsaw@intouch.bc.ca>

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Des: [head resting on table, looks up into video camera] Hello.
[pause]
Des: Fuck you!
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Brendan Fletcher as a scary 11-year old criminal
17 June 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Little Criminals" (1995) is a hard-hitting and realistic neo-noir story with a message that's delivered through action and what we see happening in the life of an 11-year old delinquent and criminal, as opposed to explicit or heavy-handed messages. The story focuses squarely on a character named Des, the 11-year old played by Brendan Fletcher so very well. He consorts mainly with Cory (Myles Ferguson). They are involved in bullying, extortion, shoplifting and vandalism. But Des has more serious problems and is graduating into arson, plus he steals a gun and that spells much bigger trouble.

We see the family life of Des (and Cory too) and its low quality. We see the social authorities and police attempting to deal with these miscreants, having partial success but also much failure. It is simply too costly and difficult, too time-intensive and person-intensive, to rectify years of conditioning into the criminal ways of life and thought, to overcome a twisted psychology. If parents fail and authority fails, what other means are there? Religious and charitable means are not depicted in the film; evidently their success rate is less than perfect too because young gangs are an actual and very real staple feature of life. Schools evidently have a failure rate too, unable to turn all young people into creative and constructive paths. In short, there is tragedy here, and that's what the film shows in an often scary and always gripping manner.


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