Little Man (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner30/08/2006

One out of Five stars
Running time: 90 mins

Abysmal comedy that's nonsensical, frequently offensive and almost entirely laugh-free.

What's it all about?
Marlon Wayans stars as short, baby-faced criminal Calvin Baby Face Sims, who is asked to steal a valuable diamond by mob boss Walken (Chazz Will play gangsters for food Palminteri). However, during the robbery, Calvin is forced to drop the diamond into a purse belonging to Vanessa Edwards (Kerry Washington), so he poses as a baby and abandons himself on Vanessa and her husband Darryl's (Shawn Wayans) doorstep in order to get it back.

The Bad
The poster for Little Man proudly trumpets that the film is from the people who brought you White Chicks! Now, White Chicks may have been stupid but at least it was actually funny, whereas Little Man is a painfully laugh-free zone.

Some of the jokes we're asked to laugh at here include: a dog peeing on Calvin's face; someone eating a cookie that's been rubbed on Calvin's crotch and behind; Darryl farting while sharing a bath with Calvin and, worst of all, the fact that Calvin has sex with Vanessa while sleeping between her and Darryl.

The Worst
The film doesn't even make sense within its own ridiculous premise. One minute Calvin is meant to be barely old enough to speak, the next he's supposedly old enough to play American Football.

The only positive thing it's possible to say about Little Man is that the digital compositing effects (Wayans face is superimposed onto a child actor's body) work quite well. However, the rest of the film is practically unwatchable, so it's a shame they couldn't have paid the same attention to getting the script right.

Worth seeing?
In short, this is one of the worst films of the year. It's not quite as bad as Big Momma's House 2, but it's pretty damn bad. Avoid, even if you liked White Chicks.

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