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November 2006
Little Man DVD

by Kam Williams

Little Man DVD


Cast: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, Tracy Morgan, Dave Sheridan
Director: Keenen Ivory Wayans
Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
Language: English
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 1
Rating PG-13
Studio: Sony Pictures
DVD Release Date: November 7, 2006
Run Time: 98 minutes
Rated PG-13 for profanity, drug and alcohol abuse, slapstick violence, crude
humor, and pervasive sexual references.
DVD Features:
Available Subtitles: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese, Korean, Chinese, Thai
Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Commentary by: The Waynes BrothersDolby Digital 5.1
Deleted scenes
The making of Little Man
The visual effects of Little Man
"Method or Madness"
"Linden's World"

   

 

This freaky farce directed by his big brother Keenen features Marlon Wayans as a foul-mouthed midget masquerading as a baby in order to retrieve a pilfered diamond from a childless couple. The picture’s plotline is a slight variation of Free Eats (1932), a Little Rascals classic about a pair of “fidget” conmen who decide to relieve some compassionate society women of their jewelry by posing as adoptable infants. The movie is also suspiciously similar to Baby Buggy Bunny (1954), a cartoon short which turns on essentially the same theme.

Here, we have pint-sized Calvin (Marlon Wayans) partnered with Percy (Tracy
Morgan) and about to steal a priceless jewel. But when the robbery goes wrong, Calvin surreptitiously slips the stone into the pocketbook of Vanessa Edwards (Kerry Washington) a customer shopping with her husband, Darryl (Shawn Wayans).

As luck would have it, the Edwards have been trying to have a child, which makes them open to the idea of caring for Calvin when Percy leaves him on their doorstep in swaddling clothes with a note pinned to his diaper. Darryl talks his hesitant wife into taking the tot in, thus enabling this over-the-top comedy to embark into uncharted comedy waters where we find some unseemly sexual and bodily-function humor.

For instance, under the guise of being a baby, Calvin proceeds to feel up one of Vanessa’s friends, to suckle another’s breasts, and to have sex with his adoptive Momma herself. While this is by design a gross-out flick, there’s still something about a baby tongue kissing, molesting and mating with unsuspecting women that struck this critic as just a little too gross. More than enough venereal, homophobic, fart, feces, urination, and swift kick to the crotch sequences to satisfy the lowest common denominator crowd.

Fair (1 star)