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Little Man

Genre: Comedy
Rated: PG-13
Directed by
: Keenan Ivory Wayans
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Tracy Morgan, Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon, Chazz Palminteri, Linden Porco, Gabriel Pimental
Released by: Sony Pictures

In Short: The unexpectedly hilarious story of a little person ex-con who masquerades as a toddler is the funniest movie of the summer so far. Go figure!

Big Laughs for the Little Guy
The Wayans Brothers in Fine Form
By Jenny Peters

Talk about a surprise! Going in to see “Little Man,” expectations were pretty low. For while the Wayans brothers—Keenan as director, Marlon and Shawn as stars, all three as screenwriters—have a funny track record (the “Scary Movie” series, for example), the premise of “Little Man” just seemed so wrong.

The normally full-sized Marlon plays Calvin, a little person ex-con who pulls off a huge diamond heist, then ditches the stone in the purse of Vanessa, a driven career woman (Kerry Washington). In order to get the loot back, he poses as a foundling toddler, left on the doorstep of Vanessa and fiancé Darryl's (Shawn Wayans) home, where the couple embraces him as a sign from God that they are destined to have children.

Sounds stupid, for sure. But it only takes about ten minutes for the flick to take off, with silly sight gags, suburban satire, and hilarious dialogue that send the audience into paroxysms of laughter. It's definitely politically incorrect, often filthy, and completely funny, with priceless moments like a father-son football game gone awry, and a baby bath-time sequence that is worth the price of admission alone.

The special effects that superimpose Marlon's head onto the body of two different small men (actors Linden Porco and Gabriel Pimental) were achieved by shooting two separate movies. The look is pretty seamless, allowing viewers to suspend their disbelief and just go with the idea that Marlon is really that small, quite a feat in itself.

Ironically, “Little Man's” head-to-head comedy competition this opening weekend is “You, Me and Dupree,” starring comic pros Owen Wilson (“Wedding Crashers”) and Matt Dillon (“There's Something About Mary”). But—another surprise—their film is nowhere near as funny as the Wayans brothers' zany flick. So despite your preconceived notions about the two comedies, “Little Man” is definitely the superior choice if belly laughs are what you're looking for in a movie.


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