Little Man (2006 film)

Little Man is a 2006 American crime comedy film written, produced and directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans, and also written and produced by Wayans Brothers Marlon and Shawn Wayans, who also both starred in the lead roles. The film co-stars Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon, Tracy Morgan, and Lochlyn Munro. A very short jewel thief hides the proceeds of his latest robbery, and then pretends to be a very large baby in order to retrieve it.

Little Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKeenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by
Written by
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Shawn Wayans
  • Marlon Wayans
Starring
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Shawn Wayans
Music byTeddy Castellucci
CinematographySteven Bernstein
Edited by
Production
companies
Distributed bySony Pictures Releasing
Release date
  • July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
Budget$64 million[1]
Box office$104 million

The film was theatrically released in the United States on July 14, 2006 to commercial success but largely negative reviews, including three Golden Raspberry Awards.

Plot

Calvin "Babyface" Simms (Marlon Wayans) is a very short convict. He is seen getting released and meeting up with his goofball cohort Percy (Tracy Morgan). Percy tells Calvin of a job involving stealing a valuable diamond, ordered by a mobster called Walken (Chazz Palminteri). After the successful robbery, the duo are almost arrested, but not before Calvin manages to stash the diamond in the purse of a nearby woman. The thieves follow the handbag's owner to her home where they discover a couple, Darryl (Shawn Wayans) and Vanessa Edwards (Kerry Washington), the former of whom is eager to have a child.

Calvin and Percy hatch a plot to pass Calvin off as a baby left on the couple's doorstep in order to get the diamond back. After learning that Child Services is closed for the weekend, Darryl and Vanessa decide to look after Calvin in the meantime. However, Vanessa's dad Francis "Pops" (John Witherspoon) has a bad feeling about Calvin. Friends of the couple find Calvin strange as well. Despite this, Calvin eventually takes a liking to having a family and starts to feel remorse for using them. Walken grows impatient and demands the diamond from Percy. Percy attempts recover Calvin by posing as his father, but is thrown out by Darryl. Walken's men witness this and as a result believe that Darryl is Calvin.

Darryl and Vanessa decide to adopt Calvin but upon coming home from a date, they find Pops and Calvin having a fight as the former has discovered Calvin's secret. Pops is sent to a retirement home, but before leaving he tells Darryl to "check the teddy bear", referring to a gift he gave to Calvin earlier. Darryl discovers the bear is actually a nanny cam and witnesses Calvin admit to his deception. Walken and his henchmen come by the house after Percy lies to get out of trouble. In a series of comedic maneuvers, Calvin manages to rescue Darryl and have Walken and his men arrested. Darryl is given a substantial reward for the recovery of the diamond, and since Calvin saved his life, he doesn't turn him over to the police.

Before he leaves, Calvin thanks Darryl for taking care of him even though he wasn't really a baby and admits that he thinks Darryl would make a great father for a real child someday. As Calvin walks away, he begins to cry hysterically. Darryl then decides to let Calvin stay and the two men become the best of friends. The film ends at some point in the future with Calvin and Pops playing with Darryl and Vanessa's real baby, who looks exactly like Darryl (Shawn Wayans' face superimposed on that of the baby).

Cast

Production

The story premise was lifted from a 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon called Baby Buggy Bunny.[2]

Filming began in the Vancouver area on September 17, 2005, and finished on January 21, 2006.

The scenes with Calvin Simms were played twice: once by nine year old 75 cm (2 ft 6 in) tall dwarf actor Linden Porco together with the other actors, and once by Marlon Wayans alone, using a "bluescreen" technique with a green background and green clothes. In post production, Porco's head on the images was replaced by that of Marlon. Porco's body was painted brown in order to match Marlon's face.[3] Shawn Wayans' face was also superimposed in the final scene.

Soundtrack

Reception

Box office

Little Man film grossed $58,645,052 domestically and a total $101,595,121 worldwide. The film's budget was $64 million.[4] The film was released in the United Kingdom on September 1, 2006, and opened on #2, behind You, Me and Dupree.[5]

Critical response

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 12% based on reviews from 90 critics. The site's consensus is "Another gimmicky comedy from the Wayans brothers, Little Man comes with the requisite raunchiness, but forgot to bring the laughs".[6] On Metacritic, it has a score of 26 out 100 based on reviews from 22 critics, indicating "Generally unfavorable Reviews".[7] Audiences surveyed by CinemaScore gave the film a grade B+ on scale of A to F.[8]

The film received a 4.2 out of 10 on "Common Sense Media". Slant Magazine gave the film a 1.5 out of 4.[9]

In an especially scathing review on BBC Radio 5 Live Mark Kermode described the film as "evil" and "bad for the world".[10][11]

Awards

The film was nominated for seven 2006 Golden Raspberry Awards: Worst Picture, Worst Actor (Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans), Worst Actor (Rob Schneider, also nominated for his performance in The Benchwarmers), Worst Director (Keenen Ivory Wayans), Worst Screen Couple (Shawn Wayans & EITHER Kerry Washington OR Marlon Wayans), Worst Screenplay and Worst Remake or Rip-off (of the 1954 Bugs Bunny cartoon Baby Buggy Bunny). It later won three of the awards, Worst Actor, Worst Screen Couple and Worst Remake or Rip-off.[12]

Award Category Subject Result
Golden Raspberry Award Worst Picture Nominated
Worst Director Keenen Ivory Wayans Nominated
Worst Screenplay Nominated
Marlon Wayans & Shawn Wayans Nominated
Worst Actor Won
Worst Screen Couple Won
Kerry Washington Won
Worst Remake or Rip-off[12] of Baby Buggy Bunny Won
Stinkers Bad Movie Awards Worst Picture Little Man (Sony/Revolution) Nominated
Worst Director Keenan Ivory Wayans Nominated
Worst Actor Marlon Wayans Nominated
Worst Screenplay Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans Nominated
Most Painfully Unfunny Comedy Nominated
Worst On-Screen Couple Shawn Wayans & Marlon Wayans Won
Least "Special" Special Effects Nominated

Home media

The film was released on Blu-ray, UMD and DVD in the United States on November 7, 2006, and also in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2007, and it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.[13]

References

  1. "Little Man (2006)". Box Office Mojo.
  2. "EW: Little Man - How digital cut-and-paste made a mini-Marlon". Retrieved January 19, 2020.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on January 25, 2008. Retrieved April 17, 2010.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. "Little Man". Box Office Mojo.
  5. "UK Weekend Box Office 1st September 2006 - 3rd September 2006". www.25thframe.co.uk. Retrieved October 23, 2018.
  6. Little Man at Rotten TomatoesRetrieved November 6, 2019.
  7. "Little Man". Metacritic. Retrieved April 4, 2020.
  8. "LITTLE MAN (2006) B+". CinemaScore. Archived from the original on December 20, 2018.
  9. "Review: Little Man".
  10. Mark Kermode. "Classic Kermode: Little Man". YouTube.
  11. David Brown. "Interview: Kermode and Mayo celebrate a decade of Wittertainment". Radio Times.
  12. Arthur Spiegelman (February 25, 2007). "Stone big 'winner' at Razzies". www.News.com.au. Archived from the original on February 27, 2007.
  13. www.dvdsreleasedates.com - DVD Release Dates - Little Man (2006). June 30, 2018
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