my little man?"
Fleeing from the police after their latest crime goes wrong,
Calvin (Marlon Wayans) and Percy (Morgan) have to hide the huge diamond
they have stolen in handbag of innocence couple Darryl and Vanessa (Washington).
Desperate to get the jewel back before local mobster Bruno (Palminteri)
has them killed, Calvin has to use his small stature to become the thing
that Darryl and Vanessa want the most. A baby.
The announcement of a new Wayans brother's movie is enough
to strike fear into any avid cinemagoer but can 'Little Man' be a comedy
movie worth watching?
Even though their last three movies 'Scary Movie', 'Scary
Movie 2' and 'White Chicks' were commercial successes, they have never really
hit a cord with critics or anyone who liked their comedy with a little more
intelligence. While 'Little Man' doesn't really push the envelope when it
comes to comedy, it is a lot more watchable than any of their previous movies.
The one thing that the Wayans have going for them is that
they at least try to be original. Writing their own scripts and pushing
high concepts to the limit of decency, the brothers try to tone it down
a little with their latest but unfortunately they dowse it with such a large
amount of sugar that you will be feeling sick throughout. Shawn Wayans'
character Darryl really wants to be a father but his wife is a career woman
and doesn't want to start a family yet. So when Calvin turns up on his doorstep
dressed as a baby to get his stolen diamond back, Darryl sees this as his
chance to show Vanessa what a good dad he would be. From then on the sugar
is piled on, so much so you'll feel like your teeth are about to fall out
because the it just so happens to turn out that Calvin never had a father
and that is why he turned to crime.
Marlon Wayans and Shawn Wayans change their approach for the
movie ever so slightly for the movie so it can appeal to a more family oriented
audience. While some of the jokes are filled with innuendo, there is never
anything too gross or explicit that pushes this too far. Calvin is a very
confident small person, who is very strong and big in certain aspects for
his stature and this is were a lot of the humour comes from, especially
around women. Shawn Wayans on the other hand, plays the role straight and
pours nothing but love towards Calvin, whatever trouble he gets in. This
is extremely sickly and in parts very stupid as Calvin transforms from a
babe-in-arms to a mini American football player.
The rest of the cast try their best. Kerry Washington is a
good, up and coming actress who deserves much better roles. She is slightly
over the top when she comes to talking to her dad but the role needs it.
John Witherspoon provides most of the funniest laughs as Vanessa's Pops.
There is also a stereotypical gangster performance from Chazz Palminteri.
'Little Man' is much better than anything they have produced
before but that isn't saying much. The visuals effects are very good however,
making Marlon Wayans' Calvin a lot more believeable. Wayans fans will be
very happy but this is one of the most sugary films you will ever see.
Audio commentary from the Wayans
'Making Of' featurette
'Method Or Madness': a tongue in cheek featurette about real "method"
'Linden's World': a look into the life of Linden Porco who was the body
double for Calvin
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