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Giant Little Ones (2018)

R | | Drama | 3 January 2019 (USA)
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Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.

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Keith Behrman

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Keith Behrman
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Josh Wiggins ... Franky Winter
Darren Mann ... Ballas Kohl
Taylor Hickson ... Natasha Kohl
Maria Bello ... Carly Winter
Kyle MacLachlan ... Ray Winter
Niamh Wilson ... Mouse
Hailey Kittle ... Priscilla
Peter Outerbridge ... Nic Kohl
Stephanie Moore ... Angie Kohl
Kiana Madeira ... Jess
Olivia Scriven ... Deanne Winter
Evan Marsh ... Connor
Carson MacCormac ... Michael
Jeff Clarke ... Coach Klassen
Cory Lee ... Ms. Soo
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Storyline

Franky Winter has long been best friends with his high school classmate, Ballas Kohl, much like their parents, Carly and Ray Winter and Angie and Nic Kohl, have been friends, although Ray is now the odd person out since the recent divorce when he realized he was in love with a man, his current partner, Brendan. Franky and Ballas are among the popular group of students, and are on the school swim team together, Ballas the team captain. While Ballas has just started a sexual relationship with Jessica, Franky in turn could have his choice of any girl - at least according to the scuttlebutt provided to him by his friend Mouse, a boy trapped in a girl's body, from what she overhears in the girls' washroom - but has chosen to date Cil, they planning to have their first sexual encounter the night of his seventeenth birthday party. Franky's first was almost Ballas' younger sister, Tash, who has just returned to school following "the incident" for which she is now labeled a slut and she ... Written by Huggo

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Love Without Labels. Live Without Regrets.

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for sexual content, language and some drug/alcohol use - all involving teens | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 January 2019 (USA) See more »

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Giant Little Ones See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$13,042, 3 March 2019

Gross USA:

$181,507

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$181,507
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Kyle MacLachlan enjoyed working in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, where the film was shot. In a Toronto Sun interview, he stated: "It was beautiful. It reminded me, kind of weirdly enough, a little bit of my hometown which is in eastern Washington. The neighborhoods. And the style of the houses. The sounds were similar and the smells of the asphalt and the vegetation. Even down to the color of the bricks of the homes. I was like, 'Wow, this is sort of like Yakima.'" See more »

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Celebrates the Complexities of Life
11 April 2019 | by howard.schumannSee all my reviews

In his 1948 study "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male," Dr. Alfred Kinsey reported that everyone is bisexual to one degree or another and that this can be measured on a scale from 0 to 6. While sexual fluidity has grown in acceptance, it has not yet been explored in film to any great degree. Canadian director Keith Behrman's Giant Little Ones, however, in his first film since his 2002 indie "Flowers and Garnet," celebrates the complexities of life and relationships in the story of popular teenagers Franky Winter (Josh Wiggins, "Walking Out") and Ballas Kohl (Darren Mann, "Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" TV series). Best friends since childhood, their relationship is severely tested when they engage in oral sex after heavy drinking at Franky's 16th birthday party, an incident that leads both to question their orientation.

The experience, which would normally be quickly buried, is inflamed when a fearful Ballas, hearing rumors and worried about having his masculinity challenged, betrays his lifelong friendship with Franky, spreading stories around the school that Franky was responsible for what occurred. The seduction scene is shown so quickly, however, that it is uncertain as to what actually took place. All we see is a darkened room and the movement of bodies under a blanket. A confused Franky becomes the target of abuse from his classmates, abuse that threatens his self esteem and puts a damper on his relationship with his girlfriend Cil (Hailey Kittle, "Falling Water" TV series), who had expected to lose her virginity on the night of Franky's birthday party.

The only support he finds is in his sweet relationship with Ballas' sister Natasha (Taylor Hickson, "Everything, Everything"), whose own experience of bullying left her fearful of becoming close with another person. Franky's struggle for self-acceptance is also helped by his humorous relationship with Mouse (Niamh Wilson, "Saw V"), a trans friend who is there for more than comic relief. She personifies for Franky what it means to own one's sexuality and not be overburdened by what others think about her. Also lending support is Franky's father Ray, (Kyle MacLachlan, "High Flying Bird") who left the home to move in with another man.

Protective of his mother Carly (Maria Bello, "Lights Out") and resentful of his father's sudden departure, it requires a long time for Franky to be willing to allow Ray to support him, but eventually, in a scene made real by MacLachlan's compassion and Wiggins raw sensitivity, a deeply-felt conversation takes place and is one of the film's high points. While Giant Little Ones succeeds in moving the needle in a positive direction, it nonetheless falls prey to some of the more clichéd aspects of the coming-of-age genre such as high schools filled with affluent, white students, actors who look closer to thirty years old than fifteen, stereotypes of alpha male high school jocks, and a host of badly undeveloped peripheral characters.

The heart and the message of the film, however, transcend its limitations. Franky's growing ability to just be himself without having to fit into a rigid category is an important one and, to its credit, it is an ambiguity that Behrman does not find it necessary to clear up. Like the poet Charles Bukowski, Franky could say, "Something in me relaxed, smoothed out. I no longer had to prove that I was a man. I didn't have to prove anything." Like a rocket in a fireworks July, the flares that Franky and Natasha fire into the sky do not soar upwards in a straight line but bend in noticeable arcs before bursting into a bright red flame.


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