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Little Man
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Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Columbia Pictures
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Kiddie Movie: It could have been really good for the little ones, but sadly it goes for the easy sex jokes.
Date Movie: Not really good for either of you.
Gratuitous Sex: Lots of hints, especially when Calvin is pushing Vanessa's head, well, I'll leave it alone.
Gratuitous Violence: Lots of hits on dude's private parts, but some fun slapstick violence towards the end.
Action: Nah.
Laughs: A few, but could have been more.
Memorable Scene: The movie got kinda funny when Calvin was beating up the bad, bad guys.
Memorable Quote: Nothing stood out.
Directed By: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced By: Keenen Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans

Little Man
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:30 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
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…

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 buy it.

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. Too bad.

That’s it for this one! I’m The Dude on the Right!! L8R!!!


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