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Little Matchmakers

By Brian Costello, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 11+

Kids set up divorced parents; depression is major theme.

Movie NR 2011 105 minutes
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Those expecting LITTLE MATCHMAKERS to be a light-hearted romantic romp where two precocious kids fix up two lonely adults will be disappointed. The movie is full of mawkish melodrama and the heavy-handed talk of depression and suicide. The slow pace of the movie -- it takes over an hour before the man and woman finally meet -- coupled with the unrelenting use of sad, twinkling background piano music every time anything remotely dramatic happens, makes it difficult to get through. Instead of feeling genuine pity for the characters, you feel manipulated.

Because of the film's length -- 30 minutes could easily be cut from it -- it's difficult to imagine kids enjoying this, even with decent child acting. While it's noble to discuss and show the aftermath of divorce and the effect it has on adults and children, the amateur-hour production values prevent this from living up to being as good as it might have been. Instead, it tries to be both a gut-wrenching drama and a precocious kid comedy, and fails at both.

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