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Little Man (PG-13)

Release Date: July 14th, 2006 by Columbia Pictures.
The Cast: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan, John Witherspoon, Chazz Palminteri, Linden Porco, Gabriel Pimental, Alex Borstein, Lochlyn Munro, Fred Stoller, Brittany Daniel, Kelly Coffield, David Alan Grier, Molly Shannon.
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans.

BASIC PREMISE: Calvin (Marlon Wayans), a tiny thief, pretends to be the adopted baby of a married couple (Shawn Wayans and Kerry Washington) to retrieve a stolen diamond.

ENTERTAINMENT VALUE: Essentially a one-joke movie stretched to over 90 minutes, Little Man uses juvenile, toilet humor as a means of entertainment. As a general rule for screenwriters, toilet humor only belongs in one place: the toilet. From the very first frame, Marlon Wayans shows up as Calvin, a miniature thief with attitude. He and his partner (Morgan) steal a diamond which they drop into a bag that belongs to a married couple. The rest of the plot includes redundant gags as Calvin pretends to be the couple’s adopted baby. It’s briefly funny at first just to watch Wayans act like a baby, but it quickly gets old. In one particular horribly-directed, lengthy scene, Calvin cuts the cheese over and over. If that’s not stupid and juvenile enough, there are plenty of scenes where characters get hit in the groin by flying object. The humor gets offensively creepy when Calvin has sex with his “foster mother” while she assumes it’s her husband—fortunately, the sex scene is only implied after they lay in bed together. Chazz Palminteri shows up as a mob boss looking for the diamond as well. David Alan Grier and Molly Shannon have unnecessary cameos. At least the movie stays consistent with its stupid, unfunny humor until the predictable, corny ending.

SPIRITUAL VALUE: None is required or desired.

INSULT TO YOUR INTELLIGENCE: Excessive juvenile and disgusting toilet humor.


IN A NUTSHELL: At the end of the movie, a member of the audience actually vomited which appropriately sums up the reaction to this painfully unfunny, so-called comedy.


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