LITTLE - Review
Release Date: April 12, 2019
Director: Tina Gordon
Stars: Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin
Plot: A mean boss is magically transformed back into her outsider, middle-school self
Clint Says: Wait for the digital release
This film uses magic to transform an adult woman into her former, young self, but the real magic is that, despite all of it's efforts, this may be one of the most bland films of the last decade. Aside from a few laughs there is nothing that draws out any emotion.
Regina Hall's character is thoroughly unlikable for a majority of the movie, as is her younger self. (The girl who plays her, Marsai Martin, is adorable, but the character traits are horrible). And even when she finally sees the error of her ways she is still annoying.
Possibly the biggest problem with this film is how out of touch it is with reality. Hall's character is a company owner, but a bully to all of her employees. In today's climate, her behavior would not be accepted by anyone. The story feels a bit tone deaf.
On the positive side, the film does have several good laughs, and Martin does a fantastic job even though her character is mean. Aside from that it is formulaic and just goes through the motions until it finally gets to the ending we all know is coming.
If you are in the need for a couple of laughs, you might enjoy this movie, but I wouldn't count on it. if you are on the fence about seeing this movie, you'd be better off waiting for the digital release. There isn't anything that makes this worth seeing on the big screen. In fact, a couple of months from now most of us will have forgotten we ever saw it.