Little (I) (2019)
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I love this genre. It is really hard for me not to like this genre. I love 17 again, 13 going on 30, big, like father like son, freaky Friday, you name it. This was garbage. How do you screw this up?! I left the theater in the middle of the movie. I've never done that! I was embarrassed to watch it. The weird thing was the people with me in the theater were laughing tits at it. I still don't get it.
Yeah, there's been other movies with similar plots, but this was a fresh and modern take without being over the top pc like so much of what comes out of Hollywood today. Rather than be lectured by a movie, I want to take a break from my own responsibilities, be entertained,and in this case laugh. This did that.
I was incredibly impressed by Marsai Martin. I was very surprised at how seamlessly she stepped into the grown character and made it feel like I was really watching the mini version of the character I'd just seen Regina Hall playing.
If you're debating, just go see it.
There are a number of "reviews" giving this film 9 - or even 10 - out of 10. Sockpuppetry at it's finest. For example, see "beliiu"'s review. A brand new member giving a stinker like this 10 out of 10? Hmmmm...
Anyway, to the film itself: my friend and I walked out after an hour - and we *never* do that. The acting is incredibly bad, the jokes fall completely flat; it's simply terrible. As others have alluded to, this movie has been made before and made much, much better in the past (Tom Hanks in 1988's "Big", for example).
Please don't waste your time or money on this movie. As I write this, the IMDB rating sits at 5.4 out of 10. Clearly, the ratings are being manipulated. Don't be fooled. This is one of the worst movies I've ever seen. I generally don't bother writing reviews, but the blatant sockpuppetry and rating manipulation going on here got my back up. If I can save one person from wasting their valuable time and money, I'll consider it my good deed for the week. Thanks for reading.
That aside, in truly enjoyed this movie. I don't care if folks say it's unoriginal or whatever. I thought it did a great job highlighting the comedic chops of the cast. This is movie was great to just lose myself laughing.
Regina Halls role was executed very well and what made it more funny was that the characters were relatable to my own life. I feel if you cannot relate it to yourself, then this movie may not be for you.
First-billed Regina Hall, as adult Jordan, is in the movie long enough to establish what a bitch she is before disappearing until the very end. Most of the film is a two-hander between Issa Rae, as Jordan's long-suffering PA April, and 13-year old Marsai Martin as 13-year old Jordan, and also 30-year old Jordan in a 13-year old body.
First things first. Miss Martin is phenomenal. Kids don't have adult body language and they don't have an adult's assurance which underlies how adults hold themselves in everything they say and do. But Miss Martin does. And although both conflict and humour lie in the notion of a child being in an adult's body, you never think that this is a child acting an adult. This IS an adult.
Otherwise this is a pretty routine age reversal comedy. It's amusing without being hilarious, the plot is largely predictable, there is no bad language of any consequence, and it is broadly likeable. My one serious criticism is that there is no real comeuppance for the teen bitches who make Jordan's life miserable at school, both times.
But the film isn't bad, and Marsai Martin (who also, at 13(!) co-produced) is phenomenal.
Enjoyed watch young Marsai Martin in something else.
I previously watched Marsai Martin in Blackish ,, so i like the little girl from before and I "for a bit" expected that she'll embrace her role of that strong a$$ smart "evil-ish" kid so it was good.. also loved Regina Hall and Issa Rae as much ..
The movie fine mixture of mediocre Fantasy and above average comedy .. watched it ;)