Little

Little

2019, PG-13, 109 min. Directed by Tina Gordon Chism. Starring Issa Rae, Regina Hall, Marsai Martin, Mikey Day, Marley Taylor.

REVIEWED By Danielle White, Fri., April 12, 2019

Whenever I was casually mentioning to people that I was going to see this movie, Little, no one seemed to be able to place it, so I summed it up superficially: “Well, it’s like the inverse of 13 Going on 30 or (if they were of the Gen X persuasion) Tom Hanks in Big” – which, if I had to guess, is precisely where the title was pulled from. And that description is not far off the mark; the main difference here is that there’s a little less wishing going on (unless you’re among those wishing this was a better movie).

Jordan Sanders (Hall) is a high-powered, wealthy, bossy, sharp-tongued, fashionable woman in charge of her own tech company. She’s also pretty much heinous to everyone around her, including personal assistant April Williams (Rae, bringing her usual doe-eyed charm). After verbally abusing a little girl (Taylor) for performing magic tricks in her office, the youngster casts a spell (curse?) on Jordan, causing her to wake up in the body of her dorky, middle school self (Martin). Suddenly, the bullying executive is forced to relinquish some of her control over her business – entrusting it to April by degrees – and go back to her worst nightmare of a school and, in turn, face the bullies (or their Snapchatting proxies) who turned her so cold in the first place. The rest of the story culminates in this moral tale of how you should always be yourself, or nice(?) – both! – and doesn’t feel terribly original (writer/director Tina Gordon had a hand in creating another recent reboot, What Men Want, so maybe that explains a few things).

I had high hopes for the material when, in an early scene, angel investor Connor (Day) regales grown Jordan with the story of his “struggle,” aka his raising millions of dollars from wealthy family members to start his first business. It appeared as though the writers were going to sink their teeth into white male privilege and tear it to shreds; instead, they dropped it in search of weaker prey. And it’s tough to say what that is exactly. Of course, there are certain complications that arise when you transfer the soul of a 38-year-old woman to a young girl’s body, and in this movie those complications repeatedly sexualize an adolescent – combine that with a questionable joke at the expense of the trans community, and I’d say the quality of the humor is certainly spotty in places.

Despite the star power pushing this thing along, the plot is seemingly held together with duct tape, but the more problematic aspects involve sloppy editing. There’s a musical number that in and of itself is pretty weird (Rae and Martin break out into song during a fancy lunch, using a breadstick as a microphone), but there’s absolutely no lead-in at all. It cuts so fast it seems like there’s a scene missing. Maybe I’m just too grown to appreciate that type of magic. And if that’s the case, well, now I’m just sad.

Showtimes

Mon., April 22

1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Tue., April 23

3:55, 6:45, 9:35
AFA 1:05

Wed., April 24

1:05, 3:55, 6:45, 9:35

Alamo Drafthouse Slaughter Lane

5701 W. Slaughter, 512/861-7060, drafthouse.com/austin/theater/slaughter-lane

Showtimes at this venue are subject to frequent change. Please confirm daily times by phone or website.

Mon., April 22

1:15, 4:10, 6:30, 10:15

Tue., April 23

4:10, 7:00, 10:10
AFA 1:15

Wed., April 24

1:15, 4:10, 7:00, 10:05

Barton Creek Square (AMC)

2901 South Capital of Texas Hwy, 512/306-1991, www.amctheatres.com

Matinee discounts available before 4pm daily. Bring Your Baby matinees the first Tuesday of every month.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:50

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:50

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 11:30am, 2:20, 5:00, 7:50

Thu., April 25

10:40
CC/DVS 10:00am, 12:40, 3:25

Cinemark 20 and XD

N. I-35 & FM 1825, 512/989-8535

Cost for 3-D and XD shows is regular ticket price plus a premium.

Mon., April 22

digital 11:55am, 1:05, 2:35, 3:55, 5:20, 6:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:55

Tue., April 23

digital 11:55am, 1:05, 2:35, 3:55, 5:20, 6:40, 8:10, 9:35, 10:55

Wed., April 24

digital 11:55am, 1:05, 2:35, 5:20, 8:10, 9:20, 10:55

Cinemark Cedar Park

1335 E. Whitestone, Cedar Park, 800/326-3264

Call theatre for complete list of movies and showtimes.

Mon., April 22

digital 10:50am, 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30

Tue., April 23

digital 1:40, 4:45, 7:40, 10:30

Wed., April 24

digital 1:40, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30

Mon., April 22

digital 10:35am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 10:00

Tue., April 23

digital 10:35am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 10:00

Wed., April 24

digital 10:35am, 1:20, 4:10, 7:00, 10:00

Cinemark Round Rock

4401 N. I-35, Round Rock, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium. Call theatre for complete March 26-28 showtimes.

Mon., April 22

digital 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Tue., April 23

digital 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Wed., April 24

digital 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Cinemark Southpark Meadows

9900 S. I-35, 800/326-3264

Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., April 22

digital 10:40am, 1:20, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20

Tue., April 23

digital 10:40am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:45, 10:25

Wed., April 24

digital 10:40am, 1:20, 4:20, 7:45, 10:25

City Lights Theatre

420 Wolf Ranch Parkway, Georgetown, 512/868-9922

Mon., April 22

1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00

Tue., April 23

1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00

Wed., April 24

1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:00

EVO Entertainment

3200 Kyle Crossing, Kyle, 512/523-9009, www.evo-entertainment.com

Mon., April 22

11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Tue., April 23

11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Wed., April 24

11:00am, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 10:00

Flix Brewhouse

2200 S. I-35, Round Rock, 512/244-3549, www.flixbrewhouse.com/round-rock

Mon., April 22

CC 11:30am, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45

Tue., April 23

CC 11:30am, 3:15, 6:30, 9:45

Wed., April 24

CC 11:30am, 3:05, 6:00, 9:45

Thu., April 25

CC 12:00, 3:00

Gateway Theatre

9700 Stonelake, 512/416-5700

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:20, 10:10

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:20, 10:10

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 12:45, 3:50, 7:20, 10:10

Hometown Cinemas

120 MLK Jr. Industrial Blvd. W, Lockhart, 512/398-4100, www.hometowncinemas.com

Mon., April 22

11:30am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20

Tue., April 23

11:30am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20

Wed., April 24

11:30am, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20

Thu., April 25

11:30am, 2:10

iPic Theaters Austin

3225 Amy Donovan Plaza, 512/568-3400, www.ipic.com

Mon., April 22

12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Tue., April 23

12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

Wed., April 24

12:35, 3:50, 7:00, 10:10

AMC Lakeline 9

11200 Lakeline Mall Dr., Cedar Park, 512/335-4793

Discounts daily before 6pm.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 4:00, 6:45

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 4:00, 6:45

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 4:00, 6:45

Metropolitan

901 Little Texas, 512/447-0101

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 11:50am, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45

Moviehouse & Eatery

8300 N. FM 620, Bldg. B, 512/501-3520, www.themoviehouse.com/trails/

Mon., April 22

10:45am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25

Tue., April 23

10:45am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25

Wed., April 24

10:45am, 1:45, 4:35, 7:30, 10:25

Thu., April 25

12:00, 3:05

Moviehouse & Eatery - Lantana Place

7415 Southwest Parkway, Building 7, 512/572-0770, www.themoviehouse.com/lantana/

Mon., April 22

10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:35

Tue., April 23

10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:35

Wed., April 24

10:25am, 1:25, 4:30, 7:30, 10:35

Thu., April 25

11:50am, 2:55

Schulman Theatres Lost Pines 8

1600 Chestnut St, Bastrop, 512/321-0123, www.schulmantheatres.com

Mon., April 22

10:10am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:55, 10:05

Tue., April 23

10:10am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:55, 10:05

Wed., April 24

10:10am, 1:10, 4:00, 6:55, 10:05

ShowBiz Cinemas 8 Marble Falls

2600 Hwy 281 North, Marble Falls

Call theatre for August 22-23 showtimes.

Mon., April 22

2:05, 4:40, 7:20

Tue., April 23

2:05, 4:40, 7:20

Wed., April 24

2:05, 4:40, 7:20

Sky Cinemas

13201 US-290, 512/457-0700, www.skycinemas.com

Mon., April 22

11:30am, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45

Tue., April 23

11:30am, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45

Wed., April 24

11:30am, 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:45

Starplex 12 San Marcos

1250 Wonder World Drive, San Marcos, 512/805-8000

Mon., April 22

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Tue., April 23

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Wed., April 24

11:45am, 2:20, 4:55, 7:30, 10:15

Thu., April 25

12:00, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:30

Westgate 11

4477 S. Lamar, 512/899-2717

Discounts daily before 6pm. Cost for 3-D shows is regular ticket price plus a $3.50 premium.

Mon., April 22

CC/DVS 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Tue., April 23

CC/DVS 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Wed., April 24

CC/DVS 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

Thu., April 25

CC/DVS 11:55am, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 9:55

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