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A Perfect Little Man (1999)

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Neal McDonough ... Billy Morrisson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Tom Hale Tom Hale ... Michael
Jennifer Jostyn ... Mindy
Doug Kruse ... Sid
Lendon LeMelle Lendon LeMelle ... Young Billy (as Michael LeMelle)
Dana Lewis Dana Lewis ... Ruth Morrisson
Tegan West Tegan West ... Jack Morrisson
Peter John White ... Sleazy guy
Delaine Yates ... Laura
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The scariest momma's boy since Norman Bates.
2 September 2002 | by clydesmummySee all my reviews

At a time when most American movies are boring and predictable, here is a film that delivers not only raw emotion, but an honest look at warped family values, psychosis, racism and radio propaganda. This is not your average sugar-coated Hollywood formulaic stuff, and we can only be thankful for that.

It's the intense story of has-been boxer/security guard Billy Morrisson (Neal McDonough, of "Minority Report") and his descent into madness after his mother's death, fueled by his obsessive quest to become a hero. Billy is ultimately a loathsome creature whom we find empathy for through McDonough's riveting performance and writer-director Jeff Hare's unique vision.

From the instant we learn of his mother's death it's apparent that Billy is a ticking time bomb, and the crux of the film depicts his road to an inevitable blowup.

It is not a pretty story, but a courageous and challenging character essay that goes places homogenized filmmakers are rarely brave enough to delve these days. Anyone who truly loves movies, no-holds-barred acting and bold filmmaking cannot help but be enthralled with the strange places Billy takes us, and this includes a scary journey within his own wracked psyche.


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