No segue. Saw the movie already, so let’s get to it.
Here’s the cast. Starring, we have Marsai Martin (stuff I’ve either never seen or heard of), Issa Rae (HATE U GIVE , and upcoming films THE PHOTOGRAPH  and THE LOVEBIRDS ), Regina Hall (HATE U GIVE, GIRLS TRIP , BARBERSHOP 3 , VACATION , and the upcoming SHAFT ), Tone Bell (DOG DAYS , and the upcoming SYLVIE ), and Justin Hartley (BAD MOMS X-MAS , and the upcoming THE HUNT ).
Now for the crew. Directing and co-writing, we have Tina Gordon, known for. Gordon’s partner-in-pen is Tracy Oliver, known for. Composing the score is Germaine Franco, known for TAG (2018), and the upcoming DORA AND THE LOST CITY OF GOLD (2019). The cinematographer is (possibly) Greg Gardiner, known for NIGHT SCHOOL (2018), GIRLS TRIP, and MEN IN BLACK II (2002). Finally, the editor is David Moritz, known for THE SPACE BETWEEN US (2017).
This is my honest opinion of: LITTLE
As a thirteen year old, Jordan Sanders (Marsai Martin) was bullied and as a result, hated herself and wanted to be someone more assertive. Now in her thirties, Jordan (Regina Hall) is a wealthy and successful woman with her own tech empire. However, she’s a witch toward her employees, especially her assistant, April Williams (Issa Rae). On the eve of her big pitch to her biggest client for a new app, she starts acting mean to a young girl named Stevie (Marley Taylor), who wishes that Jordan could be young again to remember what it’s like to be out of control. The next morning, the magic works and she’s thirteen again. Having a difficult time with tracking Stevie down, Jordan has to go back to school and April has to run the company until Jordan grows back up.
Fun fact: Actress Marsai Martin (of BLACK-ISH fame) is now officially the youngest person, at fourteen years old, to hold the title of “executive producer” for a high profile film. Respect for this girl. I have no idea what she contributed to earn that title, but kudos.
With that said, yeah, I didn’t like this movie. Big shock, am I right?
The problem with the movie is that it’s not at all different from my experience from when I saw the movie NINE LIVES. I guessed the entire plot simply from the poster. Lo and behold, that’s exactly what I got. The only difference being that Martin isn’t a terrible CGI cat. But convince me that the rest of you couldn’t see this coming. Hard-ass has to have magical happen to them, freak out, learn a lesson, and then turn back to normal as better people. The entire movie is given away simply from its very concept. I’ve never seen a movie that did this different.
Sure, the acting is fine, but how much can I praise knowing that the core of this movie, being a comedy, doesn’t do its job? I never laughed. I was never truly entertained. I didn’t even really care how it ended. I know this is supposed to be a fantasy type story, but I need to be rooted in some form of reality. If you work for a boss who puts her hands on you in a hostile manner, she can threaten all she wants about taking away the insurance plans, you can sue her company and make millions in lawsuits and afford even better insurance than she’s likely offering, or even make your own company with a better work environment. I wouldn’t care about this stuff so much if this movie was made for kids, but it’s PG-13. Sure, kids see PG-13 movies all the time, but that implies that there’s SOME mature themes being tackled, rather than a kids movie with a lot of “shits” thrown in.
More on this, no employee working in guest service would ever allow someone like Jordan to be this rude and demanding. Either a manager would come around and tell her take her tired ass back home and make her own coffee, or the employees would not give a single shit about their jobs and tell her no. Trust me, as someone who works in guest service, we all have our breaking points. Man, I hate to say it, but I really hate how the guest service industry is portrayed in movies. I didn’t think this would be a pet peeve, but thanks to this movie, it really is. On top of all of this, reckless driving and no cops, licking another person’s food and forcing him to eat it, if this movie took place in reality, she’d have long been in jail and working out of her parents’ garage.
Not entirely sure what the point of Trevor (Luke James) was. He claims that he’s seen the goofy side of Jordan, but… so? I’m sure Hitler knew his way around a joke. Doesn’t mean he was a good person. So Jordan dances to music. How does that excuse the way she talks to him? How does that excuse the way she treats him? If the genders were reversed, if Trevor was a woman and Jordan was a man, this movie would be consider misogynistic. I would have a problem with this in that context, so I certainly have a problem with it here.
There’s only so much I can say about this movie. How many times can I point at a joke and say that it wasn’t funny? How many times can I point at a scene and say how it doesn’t make sense? How many times can I point to a resolution and say that I don’t care, or I saw that coming? I suppose I can give credit that there’s nothing offensive in the flick. It’s just one big comedy miss. As a recommendation, this is a pass. I’m sure this will find its audience somewhere, but I won’t be in it. Not even as a rental. Total skip.
My honest rating for LITTLE: 2/5
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