Actors: Greg Kinnear, Jennifer Ehle Director: Ira Sachs Country: USA Year: 2016 Time: 85 minutes Little Men is a low key drama about friendship and conflict between families. Greg Kinnear (who is almost unrecognizable with a scruffy face) plays an actor whose father dies and leaves him an apartment in Brooklyn. Jennifer Ehle plays his wife who is a psychologist and Theo Taplitz plays their shy, artistic son.  One of the themes deals with the friendship between Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri). The other story line concerns a dispute between Greg Kinnear and Leonora (Paulina Garcia) about how the grandfather let Leonora run her dress shop at a discounted rate.

I really cannot say anything against the actors.  The director, who also co-wrote the story, did a fine job but the subject matter of the story, even though believable, was slow. There were a couple scenes where the actors’ voices were conveying emotions, but these were during a drama class and a play. The rest of the movie was so low key that it might not  hold some people’s attention for long.

Michael Barbieri as Tony did a fine job as a brash, gregarious teenager who wants to be an actor. Theo Taplitz, some of whose short videos I have seen, is also very good at playing a shy, artistic kid who breaks out of his shell due to his friendship with Tony.  The conflict between the adults, however, is based more on Leonora’s use of guilt as a weapon against Kinnear, who spent little time with his father.

As far as a rating is concerned, I give it 4 out of 5 stars, even though I would not buy it for my collection.  As I said, the tone of the acting, for the most part, is low key and borders on what is almost a Woody Allen drama. I can almost see a bunch of people sipping wine sitting around watching this movie.

 

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4 Thoughts on “StevenF Review of Little Men

  1. pauly10 on August 4, 2017 at 8:19 am said:

    This was a movie that I had bookmarked to watch. It looks like it was a good choice 🙂

  2. Mel Leach on August 4, 2017 at 4:30 pm said:

    I don’t think this is one that would appeal to me. I like action movies more than relationship-type movies.

  3. Remmy2013 on August 9, 2017 at 10:36 am said:

    Slow maybe, but there was a point to it being slow, it was trying to show that best friends talk to each other, even if they don’t talk to anyone else (a lesson there for my BFF).

    The actors were good I thought, although I have to say I never noticed such big hands on boys before. Both should have taken piano lessons. I am guessing when they grow up they will be ogres.

    It goes to show you how families can tear apart friends, and the damage cannot be repaired. I would rate this movie an easy 4 out of 5!

  4. pauly10 on August 9, 2017 at 11:07 am said:

    The movie was good, even if it was slow going. It was a shame that the boys were split apart over a family argument.
    And yes they do talk to each other, but remember sometimes people just don’t have anything to say.
    I didn’t notice the size of their hands though 😉

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