321 user 250 critic

Little Children (2006)

1:42 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.



(screenplay), (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
2,172 ( 202)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 18 wins & 54 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Reader (2008)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Post-WWII Germany: Nearly a decade after his affair with an older woman came to a mysterious end, law student Michael Berg re-encounters his former lover as she defends herself in a war-crime trial.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Kate Winslet, Ralph Fiennes, Bruno Ganz
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A young couple living in a Connecticut suburb during the mid-1950s struggle to come to terms with their personal problems while trying to raise their two children.

Director: Sam Mendes
Stars: Leonardo DiCaprio, Kate Winslet, Christopher Fitzgerald
Quills (2000)
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In a Napoleonic era insane asylum, an inmate, the irrepressible Marquis De Sade, fights a battle of wills against a tyrannically prudish doctor.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Kate Winslet, Joaquin Phoenix
Crime | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A veteran high school teacher befriends a younger art teacher, who is having an affair with one of her 15-year-old students. However, her intentions with this new "friend" also go well beyond platonic friendship.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, Andrew Simpson
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

An abandoned wife is evicted from her house and starts a tragic conflict with her home's new owners.

Director: Vadim Perelman
Stars: Jennifer Connelly, Ben Kingsley, Ron Eldard
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A New England couple's college-aged son dates an older woman who has two small children and an unwelcome ex-husband.

Director: Todd Field
Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Sissy Spacek, Nick Stahl
Labor Day (2013)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.

Director: Jason Reitman
Stars: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith
Closer I (2004)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The relationships of two couples become complicated and deceitful when the man from one couple meets the woman of the other.

Director: Mike Nichols
Stars: Natalie Portman, Jude Law, Clive Owen
Holy Smoke (1999)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

While on a journey of discovery in exotic India, beautiful young Ruth Barron falls under the influence of a charismatic religious guru. Her desperate parents then hire PJ Waters, a macho ... See full summary »

Director: Jane Campion
Stars: Kate Winslet, Harvey Keitel, Julie Hamilton
Iris I (2001)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.

Director: Richard Eyre
Stars: Judi Dench, Jim Broadbent, Kate Winslet
Unfaithful (2002)
Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A New York suburban couple's marriage goes dangerously awry when the wife indulges in an adulterous fling.

Director: Adrian Lyne
Stars: Richard Gere, Diane Lane, Olivier Martinez
The Hours (2002)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

The story of how the novel "Mrs. Dalloway" affects three generations of women, all of whom, in one way or another, have had to deal with suicide in their lives.

Director: Stephen Daldry
Stars: Meryl Streep, Nicole Kidman, Julianne Moore


Cast overview, first billed only:
Helen Carey ...
Slutty Kay


Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:





Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Secretos íntimos  »

Filming Locations:


Box Office


$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$97,953 (USA) (6 October 2006)


$5,459,824 (USA) (6 April 2007)

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


| (DVD)

Sound Mix:

| |



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


When the shot pans over Sarah's books, they include John Updike's "Couples" also about married couples in adulterous affairs in the suburbs. See more »


On the sunglasses of the woman by the pool who declines her children a snack. See more »


[first lines]
Lucy Pierce: Want to take a walk with me?
See more »


Referenced in The 85th Annual Academy Awards (2013) See more »


Fly Me to the Moon (In Other Words)
Written by Bart Howard
Conducted and Performed by Sam Nestico (as Sammy Nestico)
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

Evokes genuine interest
17 November 2006 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

Relationship drama is on the menu and Todd Field is the waiter, with expert skill and neat presentation. 'Little Children' zooms in on suburbia, navigating the world of desperate housewives and husbands. The dish proves a pleasant diversion, with crisp performances and a tasty centre.

So tasty, in fact, that Little Children is one of the most interesting films of recent years. It is far from the greatest, and is not devoid of faults, but a genuine evocation of interest should be attributed to Field's story. Every character unflinchingly demands our attention. We want to know more about precisely everyone in the community. In the front row for fascination sits Ronnie, the resident child molestor, who pends between likable and freak. He is the overriding nominator for 'Little Children' – and his presence greatly upsets the parents.

Yet most salience is given to Kate Winslet and Patrick Wilson as Sarah and Pierce – two lonely, bored and desperate housespouses who, in the midst of having nothing to do, innocently begin an extramarital affair with each other. Through calm narration, the film introduces Sarah as an anthropologist and remarks how she is different from the contingent of housemoms. However it becomes apparent that the director is the anthropologist and not Sarah. Indeed Field studies human relationships accordingly, interweaving loneliness, desperation, jealousy, lust and betrayal. Sarah, in fact, loses her 'objective' stance and melts in with the rest as she indulges in her passion with Brad.

It needs to be said that 'Little Children' often tips over into comedy and it is this refreshing edge that bumps it up to 8/10 on my scale. It treats serious subjects, such as pedophilia, infidelity and loneliness – but it does so with the spark in the eye. A consistent cloud of laughter seemed to hover in the air of my theatre at the Stockholm Film Festival and Kate Winslet was undoubtedly the catalyst. She gives a fine performance with excellent emotional transparency, layered skill and above all with an inherent funny bone that translates to a goofy woman. The humour is surprisingly in-tune even with the other characters with all their quirks and afflictions, such as child-molestation and online pornography.

Toward the end, 'Little Children' patiently crafts a sense of impending doom that deserves much credit. Nevertheless, the ending isn't the best imaginable. The film could benefit from being slightly shorter. Lastly the use of cute kids as tearjerkers is a disappointing cheap-shot used a little too often, and seems mostly a tiresome American phenomenon. Yet as a whole entity Little Children is a very interesting film that makes the best possible use of characters, relationships and suburban drama. Throw in a few exceptionally neat steadicam shots – Scorsese-style – and the experience is complete.

8 out of 10

106 of 149 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Masturbation Scene nun_luz
Other Films Like Little Children? GoldenMagic
Patrick's 'enthusiastic' thrusting in basement/Laundry room scene. florlite
What's up with the ending!!!!!! jason-squires
The 3 women at the playground white62150-1
The other masturbation scene csnsty
Discuss Little Children (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: