What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Minis is a politically incorrect dud where nearly all the gags play off the cast of little people in the film's lack of athletic prowess, physical limitations, and otherness, whether in slapstick sequences about missing shots and playing poorly, or sight gags where actors land in trash cans. Expect some name calling ("bitches") and some sexual innuendo, too.
What's the story?
Roger (Joe Gnoffo), a little person, convinces his similarly sized friends to join him in a basketball tournament with a $50,000 prize to help fund his son's college tuition. The catch? They have to convince former NBA star Dennis Rodman (played by himself) to join the team.
Is it any good?
The Minis is a headscratcher of a film. Clearly meant to be a heartwarming, inspirational sports comedy that sends a positive message about not judging a book by its cover, the film is instead an after-school special on steroids, a hot mess of simple platitudes and mixed messages, nearly collapsed by the weight of the heavy-handed score, overwrought dialogue, amateur acting, and clunky expositional shots.
The setup involving the basketball team of little people gives way to a string of cringe-worthy gags about merchandising opportunities -- "midget diapers," anyone? -- and yet, the film uses each gag to give a little person a painfully scripted scene about what it's like to be marginalized. But in the end, it can't have its cake and eat it too. By mocking what it hopes to uplift, it ends up looking as cynical as the money-grubbing agent trying to squeeze a buck out of the spectacle. Kids might enjoy that spectacle, but only because they lack sensitivity training. Parents who enjoy appreciating a film ironically or who are fans of the "so bad it's good" phenomenon may just find something here. Upside: The movie was shot at Venice, Calif.'s famed Muscle Beach.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about humor. How would you describe the humor in this movie? What subjects are off limits when it comes to comedy? Are stereotypes OK when used in comedy?
How are little people treated in the movie? Are they treated fairly or unfairly? What stereotypes does the movie reinforce about little people?
How is bullying handled in the movie? What would you do if someone bullied you?