If you are thinking of taking your teenager to a movie this weekend, take a look at the movie, Little. Below you can read Myla’s Little Review without any spoilers. Don’t forget to take a look at the trailer too.
By Myla Tosatto
I’m not sure what I was expecting when I went to the new movie, Little (I sure wasn’t expecting it to open with one of my all time favorite tunes- Skee Lo’s ‘I Wish’). I may have thought I would be seeing another vulgar (yet hilarious) comedy like2017’s ‘Girls Trip’ since the same producers made both films. Well, I saw part of that equation: hilarious. There wasn’t anything at all vulgar in Little. It received a well deserved PG-13 rating. It will remind parents and teens alike of some of their favorite films like Big, Freaky Friday and 13 Going on 30.
I would be more than happy to see Little with a middle school aged child. Part of that rests on the talents of the wonderful Marsai Martin who plays the main role of little Jordan Sanders. Each week, Ms. Martin brings comedy magic to the TV show Black-ish (if you aren’t watching this family friendly sitcom, you are missing out!). She lends that same maturity to Little by playing the young Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) after a girl wishes the bossy business woman “little”. Rounding out this fabulous female- centric cast is the always hilarious Issa Rae as April Williams; Jordan’s put upon and put down assistant. These three women are my new favorite ensemble of 2019. I suspect I will watch this movie on repeat.
There really isn’t anything new in Little’s plot as directed by Tina Gordon and written Tracy Oliver. And that’s okay. They took a successfully played idea (that was actually pitched by the young Marsai Martin) and made something fresh with it. I don’t mind a mean boss being put in her place, kids gaining respect in a middle school talent show or an assistant making good as long as you can make me laugh. And laugh I did. A lot. You will, too. Go see Little. It will cure what ails you for two hours or so.
Girls Trip’s Regina Hall and Black-ish’s Marsai Martin both star as Jordan Sanders — Hall as the take-no-prisoners tech mogul adult version of Jordan and Martin as the 13-year-old version of her who wakes up in her adult self’s penthouse just before a do-or-die presentation.
Insecure’s Issa Rae plays Jordan’s long-suffering assistant April, the only one in on the secret that her daily tormentor is now trapped in an awkward tween body just as everything is on the line. Little is an irreverent new comedy about the price of success, the power of sisterhood and having a second chance to grow up — and glow up — right.
Will Packer, blockbuster producer of Girls Trip, the Ride Along franchise, and ten movies that have opened No. 1 at the U.S. box office, including Night School, No Good Deed and Think Like a Man, brings an all-new perspective to the body-swap comedy.