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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.


Ira Sachs
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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


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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Be on each other's side.



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Theo Taplitz has made short films since fourth grade. Several have been featured at youth film festivals across the US. See more »


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


[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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Written by Alberto Lopez, Viva Ruiz, Gavin Russom, and Matt Thornley (as Matthew Thornley)
Performed by The Crystal Arc
Courtesy of DFA Records
By arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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6 January 2017 | by Red_IdentitySee all my reviews

I feel like this film was kind of marketed as a comedy, and perhaps that's why the seriousness of the situation at the core of the film really surprised me. It's not that the film is a tragedy, but instead it takes an honest and very real look at these kinds of situations. It's a very carefully and deliberately paced film, and the director has a great handle of the film's tone and atmosphere and is able to really bring the dramatic beats of the story to life. The ensemble cast also seems to have a great handle on the material, never overplaying or underplaying the situation to become unbelievable or become a melodrama. I definitely recommend this and I think it really gives a fascinating portrayal of family and the bonds that exist and how real life can get in the middle of that.

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4 May 2017 (Brazil) See more »

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Box Office


$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,368, 7 August 2016

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1.66 : 1
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