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
In the script, Tony was supposed to be practicing capoeira. After Michael Barbieri was cast for the role, the character was changed to an aspiring actor because the director did not want actors to conform too much to the characters they played. See more »
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[describing his father's infrequent returns home]
We seem like a normal family, and then - boom - they start fighting about something stupid, like always, and... I realize it's better when he's not around.
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Written and performed by Bill Evans
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
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A severely underdeveloped wasted potential
Had this movie been more about the boys and less about the hard-to-like adults, it could have been something pure, fresh, exciting. Unfortunately, it turns out to be nothing but a constant skidding into the margins of a plot that never gets past the original idea.
Was this filmed with the sole purpose of indulging the viewer with a superbly shot, colorful urban reality? It gains ground there. Maybe we were supposed to pour out our emotional responses on account of Greg Kinnear's, admittedly very talented, ever-downcast writhing eyebrows? Because that would be another minor win for Little Men.
Alas, I don't think either of those points carry any sort of validity so, all in all, it all wraps up into a sad 'no'.
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