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LITTLE MAN

Review by Chastity Campbell

Starring: Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Kerry Washington, John Witherspoon,    Tracy Morgan, Lochlyn Munro, Chazz Palminteri, and Molly Shannon
Director: Keenan Ivory Wayans
Studio: Columbia Tri-Star
Video: 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Audio: 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround Sound
Features: See Review
Length: 98 Minutes
Release Date:  November 7, 2006

“What is wrong with you, man?  You look crazy!  You’re holding a shotgun, wearing bright red socks.  You look like Fred Sanford on crack!”

Film ***

When a jewel heist goes horribly wrong, pint-sized super thief Calvin Simms hides the Queens Diamond in Vanessa Chase’s handbag, while on the run from the police. 

In order to get the diamond back, Calvin hatches a scheme.  Vanessa’s husband Darryl is desperate to become a father, so one jewel thieving baby coming right up.  Calvin manages to make it into the Chase household undercover…but getting in was the easy part.  The hard part will be getting away from Darrel and Grandpa long enough to get the diamond and get gone.

Okay, the concept behind Little Man has potential, but there was just something lacking with the story itself.  I have enjoyed almost everything I have ever seen from this dynamic family, yet this film just didn’t get it done on the comedy meter. 

It’s hard for me to put my finger on any one part of the film that caused me to feel this way.  However, if I have to try and explain it I would have to say that it just wasn’t realistic enough.

This story is crazy and way out there anyway.  You want the story to be funny, but you also need at least some realism for everything to make sense, and I think that might be what this film is lacking.

There were plenty of beautiful ladies, and quite a few good-looking men in this film.  However, without a doubt the stand out performance belongs to a face that can only be seen in the extra features.

It might have been Shawn Wayans head on the miniature body, but the body itself belonged to little man Linden.  Linden is a 10-year old dwarf from Canada who had just the right amount of spunk and attitude to bring this little mans body to life.  You will really get a kick out of Linden’s extra feature, so don’t forget to give it a spin.

Will Calvin finally learn what a real family could have been like?  Will Darryl finally be able to prove to Vanessa that he’s got what it takes to be a father?

I guess you’ll just have to bring this Little Man home and find out for yourself!

Video ***

Video quality was very nice.  All colors were balanced and blended well to produce a visually pleasing program.  The 1.85:1 Anamorphic Widescreen presentation was nice as well.  There was no visible dirt or graininess to the transfer and no sign of digital artifacting was detected.

Audio **

The 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround was nice, but the levels were literally all over the place.

Most of Shawn’s lines had to be dubbed due to the fact that his head was being grafted onto an acting doubles body, digitally.  Whoever was responsible for recording/mixing his dialogue did not compensate for the background effects, noise, and music bed, thus a portion of his lines were lost in the mix.

Features ***

For your viewing pleasure there are “Deleted & Extended Scenes.”  While these items were not missed during the course of the movie, they would have definitely been fun if included.

There is a Making of Little Man Featurette that shows the true genius behind the Wayans family, and any project they undertake.

The Visual Effects Featurette is technologically riveting.

Linden’s World lets you get to know the little man whose body was used in Little Man!’ Linden’s story is inspiring and entertaining at the same time.  This kid is going to take over Hollywood if he has his way. 

Method or Madness is a tongue-in-cheek look at method acting, Wayans style! 

A Commentary track featuring the Wayans Brothers will have you laughing non-stop.

This DVD is available in English as well as French, and you also have the option of English or French subtitles.

This man may be small in stature but he makes up for it with his extras!

Summary:

Little Man is sometimes funny, sometimes silly, but for the most part entertaining!  Add in the few extras you get, and this little man will make a fine addition to your family…your DVD family that is.

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