LITTLE – Review by MaryAnn Johanson

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It’s Big in reverse (and gender swapped)… and it doesn’t work. Like, at all. When boss-from-hell tech CEO Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) is nasty to the wrong nerdy little girl, Stevie (Marley Taylor), the kid curses Jordan to revert to being a powerless child herself. And so Jordan wakes up the next morning a kid again, played by 14-year-old Marsai Martin, who isn’t only a producer of this limp yet desperate comedy but supplied the idea for it as well. Yet in spite of some grownup involvement — from director Tina Gordon, who cowrote the script with Girls Trip’s Tracy Oliver — Little plays like a kid’s idea of what it means to be an adult and what the grownup world is like.

At first there’s a surprising self-assurance in appealing young Martin’s impersonation of adult Jordan’s arrogance and bullying, but it soon becomes apparent that watching a child pretend to be an adult is less than amusing, and, as it plays out here, often unintentionally obnoxious and occasionally rather disturbing… Continue reading…

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MaryAnn Johanson

MaryAnn Johanson is a freelance writer on film, TV, DVD, and pop culture from New York City and now based in London. She is the webmaster and sole critic at FlickFilosopher.com, which debuted in 1997 and is now one of the most popular, most respected, and longest-running movie-related sites on the Internet. Her film reviews also appear in a variety of alternative-weekly newspapers across the U.S. Johanson is one of only a few film critics who is a member of The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (the Webby organization), an invitation-only, 500-member body of leading Web experts, business figures, luminaries, visionaries and creative celebrities. She is also a member of the Online Film Critics Society. She has appeared as a cultural commentator on BBC Radio, LBC-London, and on local radio programs across North America, and she served as a judge at the first Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Film Festival at the 2003 I-Con, the largest SF convention on the East Coast. She is the author of The Totally Geeky Guide to The Princess Bride, and is an award-winning screenwriter. Read Johanson's recent articles below. For her Women On Film archive, type "MaryAnn Johanson" in the Search Box (upper right corner of screen).