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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 Gardiner Leah Gardiner ... Director (as Leah C. Gardiner)
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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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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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA | Greece | Brazil

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 May 2017 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You for Being Honest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,368, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$702,191
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The play in which Brian appears was supposed to be Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. When the filmmakers failed to clear the rights, it was changed to Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The screenwriters knew it was in the public domain because they had previously worked on the biopic Monty Clift, in which Matt Bomer is slated to portray Montgomery Clift. See more »

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

Quotes

Brian Jardine: You two ever think about anybody other than yourselves? Huh? Say something, Jake! SAY SOMETHING! One of the hardest things to realize when you're a child is that your parents are people, too. You understand that? They care about things, they make mistakes, and they try to do what they think is the right thing to do. Does any of what I'm saying make any sense to you?
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Nana Para Un Suspiro
Written by Pedro Luis Ferrer
Performed by Pedro Luis Ferrer
Courtesy of Ultra Records
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Great Film
23 May 2016 | by Mark-petrolisSee all my reviews

I just saw "Little Men" last night at the Chicago Critics' Film Festival. Wow, what a touching and wonderful film! The New York Writer/Director of "Little Men" was in attendance and spoke before the screening, where he thanked one of the local Chicago producers, which was Fathers Rights' pioneer Jeffery Leving. He is the top family law attorney in the nation. Leving is a huge advocate for the powerful positive force of paternal involvement in children's lives. There are countless statistics that show the positive effects of father involvement, which is what I suspect why Leving got involved in this movie.

I mention this, because this great written and directed film highlights the contrast of a family unit where there is father involvement in one family, and father absence in the other. Tony hardly sees or has contact with his father in the film, because his father lives in Africa. The lack of Tony's father being present in his life negatively affects him in this film. Jake, the other boy, has his dad in his life, played wonderfully by Greg Kinnear, and is able to get the support he needs from his father in the hope of achieving his dreams. Tony, who so dearly wants a father in his life even reaches out to Jake's Dad to give him advice and support for his future. This film highlights the positive effects an involved father can have on their children. Bravo!

I always wanted to write film reviews, and this powerful film has moved me to do so. Go see this film!


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