What do you do when the woman you marry comes with a son who dresses like Damien from The Omen? Little Evil is a horror/comedy film that follows real estate agent Gary Blum (Adam Scott) and his attempts to break through the creepy facade of his stepson Lucas (Owen Atlas). Samantha (Evangeline Lilly) is Lucas’ naive mother who has strangely been deserted by previous boyfriends, thanks to Lucas’ eerie powers.
Usually, I am not a fan of these sort of movies because the humor is either childish or sophomoric. The humor in this movie is fairly subtle. The funniest scene for me was when Carl, the wedding photographer, insists that Gary come to his studio. Carl shows Gary the video and asks him what stands out. Gary replies, “why didn’t you use a tripod?”
All of the actors did a fine job. Reverend Gospel (Clancy Brown) is a “the end of the world is coming” type of preacher who is a bit reminiscent of some current TV preachers, without the crazy eyes look. Al (Bridget Everett) is one of Gary’s co-workers who is in a lesbian relationship and has two step kids of her own. Al is a bit of a stereotype of a “butch” lesbian, but Ms. Everett plays her more as a caricature of a caricature. Sally Field makes a guest appearance as a child protection services agent who seems to be all sweetness and light, but has another side to her. I didn’t realize that it was Sally Field until the credits came on.
Despite my initial hesitations, this was a very good movie. The only thing that was a turn off for me was the use of foul language. I can see using it for some scenes, but others I felt it was unnecessary. I would give this 4 stars out of 5.