A big comedy starring a brilliant little actor.
⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ½
When Jordan Sanders (Marsai Martin) is made the butt of a practical joke in middle school, she vows that when she becomes “big” no one will be mean to her again. Present day Jordan (Regina Hall) runs a highly successful tech company and is as mean as they come. She’s unpleasant to all those around her, in particular her personal assistant and budding app designer April (Issa Rae). But when she’s rude to a little girl, she’s curses her to be young again. She now has to turn to April for help to get her back to normal, and reface the challenges school once bore for her.
Little is everything you expect it to be; over-the-top, far-fetched and crass, yet it somehow still works. While the trailer suggests it’s Suddenly 30 in reverse with a black cast, this is actually just poor marketing. Little is really about sisterhood and self-acceptance, moving away from the romantic subplots that Suddenly 30 was reduced to.
Hall plays the ruthless older Jordan, filling the screen with ridiculous tantrums when her insane demands aren’t met. Rae’s turn as the insecure, run-down PA April is equally funny, especially when Jordan becomes a child, forcing April to assume the role of parental guardian and fill in for her boss until she can become an adult again.
Of course, the show-stealer is the young and talented Martin. Without a doubt, Martin makes this film come together, and it would not have worked anywhere near as well without her. It takes a particular talent to carry out comedy, but Martin certainly holds her own, perfectly delivering witty comebacks and hilarious quips.
Little is nothing more than a feel-good comedy. It doesn’t aspire to be anything else. Instead of trying to break free of the chick flick label, it relishes in the genre with great success. If that’s the kind of film you want, go see it.
Little is available in Australian cinemas from April 11
Image (c) Universal Pictures 2019