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Little

The plot of Tina Gordon’s Little is nothing new: it’s a take on the body-swap comedies that flourished in the 1980s. Here, aggressive tech boss Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) wakes up one day as her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin). The solution is nothing new either: Jordan learns to be kind and accept her inner child and only then does she switch back to her adult self. What makes the film feel fresh, however, are the performances from Martin and Issa Rae, who plays Jordan’s assistant. The two play off of each other excellently, and Rae is as charming as she is in everything else. Unfortunately, the script, which too often errs on the side of caution, needs more comedic moments that would allow the film to thrive. When the film is funny, it’s hilarious, but the comedy is too spread out, and not even the central performances can save it.

Credits

Director:

  • Tina Gordon Chism

Cast:

  • Marsai Martin
  • Issa Rae
  • Regina Hall
  • Tone Bell
  • Justin Hartley
  • Luke James

Writers:

  • Tina Gordon Chism
  • Tracy Oliver

Producers:

  • James Lopez
  • Josh Martin
  • Kenya Barris
  • Marsai Martin
  • Regina Hall
  • William Packer

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