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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Lies, thievery, coarse sexual humor, and "comic" violence against kids.
Violence & Scariness
Cal sneaks into Vanessa's bed and has sex with her (she believes it's her husband); Percy hits Cal with his car door; Cal hits Percy and others in the head (he uses a frying pan to knock out Darryl); characters carry guns; Cal throws a dog out a car window; cops tackle and beat suspect; car crashes; repeated whomps to men's crotches; football game involves father smacking young boys in their heads; fathers attend violent hockey game (a player comes into the stands to stomp Cal); Cal fights with man in dinosaur suit.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Barrage of jokes about penis size, sperm counts, sexual "satisfaction," and Viagra; Cal sits on Brittany's lap and grabs at her large breasts; Brittany's "cheers" for football game are sexualized; Cal offers to show at end. pictures of "naked girls" to four-year-olds and they run away ("Ewww!"); very brief homophobic joke.
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Lots of profanity and crude language.
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Products & Purchases
Brief reference to Starbucks.
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cigar smoking; references to "crackheads" and getting out of "rehab" at the end, Darryl offers to put liquor in Cal's milk.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this film is filled with sexual allusions pushing the PG-13 envelope (visible tongue-kissing, foreplay under covers, references to penis sizes and sperm counts, bouncing breasts, comments about women's bodies). Characters commit frequent, loud acts of violence (hits, falls, collisions, and kicks), resulting in brief bruising and pain inflicted on small children. A character tricks another into having sex with him. The film includes vulgar bodily-function jokes alongside the sex and violence, including a dog urinating on Cal dressed as a baby in a basket, flatulence in a bathtub, spitting up/spraying breast milk, a thunderous bowel movement, and the "baby" rubbing Pops' bedtime cookie on his crotch and bottom to make it stinky. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Noisy and gleefully stupid, LITTLE MAN is a one-joke movie that doesn't pretend to be anything else. None of it is very funny -- the gags are both predictable and uneven. Aside from the antics, there's a central pseudo-emotional story having to do with Cal's evolving relationship with Darryl, who bond over some similarities. Also submerged beneath the overwrought gags and terrible special effects is an idea: What if babies did have thoughts about their parents' inane conduct? But the movie doesn't do much beyond set up the possibility.
Though director Keenen Ivory Wayans started out making politically edgy spoofs of pop cultural clichés (see: I'm Gonna Git You Sucka or Scary Movie), this film is focused on juvenile poop, sex, and physical abuse jokes. While these are repetitive, the utter lack of imagination regarding the women characters (reduced to types: sex object, careerist, mother) is flat-out irritating.
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