Little Man

A pint-size criminal poses as a baby to retrieve a stolen diamond.

'œIf seeing a guy get whacked in the privates doesn't make you laugh the first time, maybe it will the fourth, or the 24th time,' said Kevin Crust in the Los Angeles Times. Evidently, that's the mantra that inspires the Wayans brothers, creators of some of the most idiotic gross-out films in the canon. In this particular Wayans vehicle, Marlon Wayans' head, grotesquely fused to a 9-year-old's body, plays Calvin Sims, a burglar who dresses in a bib and bonnet to recover a stolen diamond. His marks are played by Shawn Wayans and Kerry Washington, a suburban couple who adopt little Calvin despite his tattoo and full set of teeth. From there, the movie is a series of toilet gags, involving every possible orifice and every possible bodily fluid, with a few horrifically violent scenes thrown in for fun. 'œI'd be lying if I said I didn't laugh at some of this,' said Michael Wilmington in the Chicago Tribune. But because of the unconvincing computer effects and the impossible plot, this is the kind of premise that just can't be done in a live action format. A 'œsolid supporting cast' does its very best to save Little Man, said David Hiltbrand in The Philadelphia Inquirer. Washington, for one, is a great sport, and the faces of cast members John Witherspoon and Alex Borstein upon their first sight of the man-child are priceless.

Rating: PG-13

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