Little Man

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A wannabe dad mistakes a vertically challenged criminal on the lam as his newly adopted son.

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Studio Sony
SKU 203097067
UPC 043396141292
UPC 14 00043396141292
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
African American Cinema
Babies
Crime
Criminals
Heists
Slapstick
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Despite small budgets and a lack of bona fide star power, the Wayans Brothers have proven to be one of the most commercially successful comedy teams in the Hollywood of the early 2000s. The brothers rose to fame in the 1990s via the IN LIVING COLOR sketch television show and later the gross-out satire-lite of the SCARY MOVIE series. Similar to their 2004 movie WHITE CHICKS--about two undercover black police officers posing as rich white girls--2006's LITTLE MAN is a raunchy crime caper that likewise uses a grotesque fish-out-of-water scenario as its comedic focal point. Marlon Wayans plays the diminutive and unquestionably weird-looking jewel thief who poses as a toddler in order to retrieve a diamond he hid with the childless-but-trying couple Daryl and Vanessa (played by Shawn Wayans and Kerry Washington). Hilarity ensues as the movie runs wild with a slew of breastfeeding jokes, crotch shots, and scatological humor that recognizes no boundaries. When Calvin's boss, Walken (Chazz Palminteri), tracks down the little man and his new family to snatch the diamond that is rightfully his, the movie turns into a familiar riff on HOME ALONE: when a criminal is after you, hit him in the crotch. Calvin and Daryl join together to defeat the evil Walken and his henchmen, and in the process learn a little something about what it means to love and be loved. ^To discuss matters of taste in the context of LITTLE MAN defeats the purpose of its mere existence--this movie revels in its own base-level humor. However, even the Wayans brothers themselves acknowledge that they are making silly movies for as broad an audience as possible. While some of the sex jokes are perhaps a little too raunchy for children, the movie is packed with sub-Looney Tunes tomfoolery, not to mention a Looney Tunes plot (remember when Bugs Bunny took in Baby-Face Finster? The Wayans brothers certainly do), making this perfect fodder for kids--or adults with a juvenile sense of humor.
Directors
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Actors
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Cast & Crew
Chazz Palminteri - Actor
David Alan Grier - Actor
Gwendolyn Margetson - Art Director
John Witherspoon - Actor
Keenen Ivory Wayans - Director
Keenen Ivory Wayans, et. al. - Writer
Kerry Washington - Actor
Marlon Wayans - Actor
Marlon Wayans, et. al. - Producer
Michael Jackson - Editor
Molly Shannon - Actor
Nick Moore - Editor
Shawn Wayans - Actor
Steven Bernstein - Cinematographer
Teddy Castellucci - Original Music By
Tracy Morgan - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 14129
UPC 00043396141292
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 98 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Audio Tracks English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (2007) MTV Award, Marlon Wayans, Brittany Daniel, Best Kiss
Reviews
ReviewSource Variety
Review There are probably some moviegoers who can laugh at the sight of a groin-punching, breast-grabbing baby, possibly even find it cute. Everyone else should steer clear of "Little Man," which welds Marlon Wayans' head to a diminutive body double, offering up the creepiest bigscreen dwarf since the last David Lynch movie. Not without its share of inspired crudities, this vulgar, violent comedy should provide decent counterprogramming during a blockbuster-heavy frame, drawing the usual overlap of urban audiences and Wayans brothers devotees...Some additional levity is provided by the brief, isolated appearances of Molly Shannon and Rob Schneider (both "Saturday Night Live" alums, along with Morgan). Also worthy of mention is the sound design, which contains one of the most gurgly and grotesque renderings of gastrointestinal distress ever captured.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Justin Chang
ReviewRating 6
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, Subtitled, French, Dubbed & Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Wayans,Marlon
Label Columbia/tri-Star
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader The slapstick is funnier for the nifty CGI, and the script gets in some sly digs at racist cops and multitasking soccer moms.
Scott Bowles, USA Today ...deliver[s] big laughs...humor and sincerity...

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