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Little Men (2016)

PG | | Drama | 4 May 2017 (Brazil)
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A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

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Ira Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Taplitz ... Jake Jardine
John Procaccino ... Mr. Plummer
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Pilar
Stan Carp ... Sal Bartolini
Paulina García ... Leonor Calvelli (as Paulina Garcia)
Talia Balsam ... Audrey
Greg Kinnear ... Brian Jardine
Jennifer Ehle ... Kathy Jardine
Michael Barbieri ... Tony Calvelli
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Nina
Yolonda Ross ... Arkadina
Leah C. Gardiner ... Director
Maliq Johnson ... Umar
Anthony A. Flamminio ... Joey (as Anthony Angelo Flamminio)
Alfred Molina ... Hernán
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Storyline

Despite dissimilarities, two middle-school boys from one-child households (Jake and Tony) form a natural friendship when Jake moves with family into his recently deceased grandfather's Brooklyn apartment above the dress shop business of Tony's mother. Extrovert Tony plays soccer, desires to become an actor (like Jake's father) and is sociable, while introvert Jake likes to draw, build his portfolio and be somewhat reclusive. Their best friend status is challenged by Jake's parents inheriting ownership of the building where Tony's mother runs her dress business, asking for three times the rent she previously paid within the upscaling neighborhood. The boys retaliate with silence, but it will likely not be enough. Written by statmanjeff

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Taglines:

Be on each other's side.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Mauricio Bustamante was Michael Barbieri's acting teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. See more »

Goofs

The film is supposed to be actual but Angola is a nation since November,11 1975, not a Portuguese Colony. See more »

Quotes

[acting class, with teacher and student frequently repeating each confrontational exchange multiple times]
Acting Teacher: How long have you been doing this exercise?
Tony Calvelli: How long have you been doing this exercise?
Acting Teacher: I'm not playing with you!
Tony Calvelli: I'm not playing with you!
Acting Teacher: You know, you make me make mistakes in my own exercise!
Tony Calvelli: You know, you make me make mistakes in my own exercise!
Acting Teacher: You make me make mistakes in my own exercise!
Tony Calvelli: You MAKE me make mistakes in my own exercise!
Acting Teacher: I make you make mistakes!
[...]
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Soundtracks

Dulce Sueño
Written by Jose Lozano
Performed by Mongo Santamaria (as Mongo Santamaria)
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
By Arrangement of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Enjoyable enough...but it doesn't quite hit the mark.
9 April 2016 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"Little Men" is a film I just saw at a film festival. While I have nothing against the movie, I did find that it left me feeling a bit flat...like the film just didn't quite hit the mark. The ending certainly contributes to this feeling.

When the film begins, a family moves to Brooklyn from their home in Manhatten. This is because the grandfather has died and they've decided to move into Grandpa's home. The son, Jake, is a loner who loves to draw and you assume this move will be tough on him. However, their downstairs renter has a son, Tony and the boys soon become best buddies. But when a rent dispute occurs between Jake and Tony's family the story comes unraveled and just ends.

The picture has some nice things going for it...such as Michael Barbieri's nice performance as Tony. But the ending left me and some others in the audience a bit disappointed as the resolution just seemed flat.


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Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 May 2017 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,368, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$702,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,008,649
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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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