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Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan
||It could have been
really good for the little ones, but sadly it goes for the
easy sex jokes.
||Not really good
for either of you.
||Lots of hints,
especially when Calvin is pushing Vanessa's head, well, I'll
leave it alone.
||Lots of hits on
dude's private parts, but some fun slapstick violence
towards the end.
||A few, but could
have been more.
||The movie got
kinda funny when Calvin was beating up the bad, bad guys.
||Nothing stood out.
||Keenen Ivory Wayans
||Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon
Wayans, Shawn Wayans
As I was watching "Little Man" there was, for a brief,
fleeting moment, where I thought the concept of a 40 year
old dude playing a little baby could work and be very funny.
The few scenes reminded me a lot of the movie "Home Alone,"
only this time instead of little Macaulay Culkin and bad
guys, it was Marlon Wayans’ head on the body of Linden Porco,
playing the thief Calvin Sims, as he fought off the bad, bad
guys thinking he was a baby. Sadly the Wayan’s folks didn’t
seem to see the cuteness this movie could have had, but
rather gave us the same level of sex jokes that we could
expect from the movie. Here’s the basic plot…
A Movie Review
Calvin Sims recently gets out of jail and is met by his
bumbling sidekick Percy (Tracy Morgan). Percy has dreams of
being the next rap mogul, even came up with a song, "Butcher
Shop," when Calvin explains to him that all he was doing was
copying the 50 Cent song "Candy Shop," to which Percy
replies that 50’s song is about candy, while his song is
about meat. Okay, fine. Percy lines up a jewelry heist for
him and Calvin, stealing this giant diamond for a mob-style
boss Walken (Chazz Palminteri), netting them about $100,000.
The heist goes well until Percy’s car gets booted, and our
thieves are on the run from some of the dumbest cops in the
country. Calvin, fearing getting caught, unloads the diamond
in the purse of Vanessa (Kerry Washington). She’s married to
Darryl (Shawn Wayans). Darryl wants a baby, Vanessa wants a
career, and Calvin and Percy want the diamond back. Their
brilliant plan to retrieve the diamond – have Calvin pose as
a little baby dropped on the doorstep of Darryl and
Vanessa’s to infiltrate their house and get the diamond
back. Safely inside, and since Family Services was closed
for the weekend, Darryl and Vanessa decide to keep Calvin
for the weekend, and enlist the help of their friends to
donate baby stuff for little Calvin. You know what, I’m
making this story synopsis way too detailed, because that
would almost say that this movie deserves your time.
Pretty much it comes down to this: No one, except
Vanessa’s father, suspects anything totally strange about
Calvin, Calvin keeps running into obstacles in getting the
diamond back, and Calvin, of course, gets a change of heart
and actually begins to care for his new "parents." The bad,
bad guys get caught, Darryl proves to himself that he can be
a good dad, and Calvin gets a family he never had.
I won’t say that putting Marlon Wayan’s head on a short
body made him look like a little baby, but it was a hell of
a lot better effect, and slightly more believable, than what
the Wayan’s tried to pull off in "White Chicks," and there
were moments when little Calvin was sort of cute. But it was
the concept of the story that blew things for me, because
really, even if you get to the "I’m playing a little baby to
infiltrate the house" thing, and the fact that I’m pretty
sure Calvin would be dead upon swallowing the diamond,
everything else was so bizarre and out there that I couldn’t
As I wrote earlier in the review there were a couple of
scenes that I really enjoyed, namely when the bad, bad guys
underestimated "Baby Calvin." Those scenes showed the
promise of the movie, a movie that somehow, done right,
could have been a really funny PG movie for the kids and
parents. Sadly the movie went right for the fart, dick,
racial, and sex jokes, and pretty much didn’t stop for the
entire movie. Not that I don’t like a good fart, dick,
racial, and sex joke movie, but only when it’s funny.
"Little Man," for the most part, wasn’t.
I will say that the movie was a little more enjoyable
than "White Chicks," so that means 2 stars out of 5 for
"Little Man." Like "White Chicks," I think "Little Man" had
great potential as a concept, but where "White Chicks" lost
it with bad make-up, "Little Man" lost it by being PG-13.
That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!!