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Little Boxes (2016)

Not Rated | | Comedy, Drama | 14 April 2017 (USA)
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An interracial family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State.


Rob Meyer


Annie J. Howell (as Annie Howell)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Melanie Lynskey ... Gina McNulty-Burns
Nelsan Ellis ... Mack Burns
Armani Jackson ... Clark Burns
Oona Laurence ... Ambrosia Reed
Janeane Garofalo ... Helena Wisdom-Finkelstein
Christine Taylor ... Joan Reed
Miranda McKeon ... Julie Hanson
Maliq Johnson ... William
Nadia Dajani ... Maya
Veanne Cox ... Sarita
David Ebert ... Tom Gibson (as David Charles Ebert)
Will Janowitz ... Steve
Julie Hays ... Dean Maureen
Dierdre Friel ... Diane Hanson
Christian Whelan Christian Whelan ... Dave Hanson


An interracial family struggles to adjust when they move from New York City to a small, predominately white town in Washington State.

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Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

14 April 2017 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nowhere Ever After See more »

Filming Locations:

Newburgh, New York, USA


Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,230,700, 31 May 2017
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Ambrosia: Oh... My God! I can't believe it! We like totally needed a black kid!
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Song For Life
Written by Barbara Sipple
Published by Copyright Control
Performed by Barbara Sipple
Courtesy of The Numero Group
By Arrangement with Bank Robber Music
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Makes for a great Family picture.
23 April 2017 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

Little Boxes made of ticky tacky Little boxes moving to a small town, where they don't look the same. There's a black one and a white one and the one they made that's in-between and these boxes from Brooklyn are having a hard time adjusting to a vastly different way of life.

So the idea of Little Boxes is that Clark Burns, an eleven year old kid from liberated New York, moves to Rome...Washington, were he's one of two black people living there. The other being his father Mack who is also feeling the awkwardness of being in a place where it seems for a lot of them he's the only black person they ever met, which brings us to Gina, the White woman pretty much responsible for bringing them there do to her job and is feeling the pressure of not fully understanding the situation.

The social commentary is very subtle, but ringing loud and clear. I actually loved the contrast of Mack hanging with his boys back in Brooklyn (one black one white), and being comfortable to be politically incorrect, then coming to Rome where the slightest miss use of words has the white folks questioning themselves. Although as the movie brings up, Mack also can't help but to be sensitive to what the town folks think of him.

But if I'm selling this to you as a comedy I want to point out that the funniest parts of the movie have nothing to do with any political issue, and everything to do with just very basic family matters type stuff. Moving to a new territory is difficult and the best hi jinks come from the new family in town just trying to deal.

Nice little movie parading some big topics in a light hearted way.


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