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Little Children

(DVD - 2007 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Little Children


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Sarah Pierce is a new stay at home mom struggling with the solitude of her new role. Spending every moment with a three year old tests the patience of the one-time English scholar. One day, at a local playground, she interacts with a group of moms and the differences are clear. They embrace motherhood and seem to relish all that their new role brings. One day, Brad, a stay at home dad brings his son to the playground. Sarah is amazed to find these mom have never talked to Brad and one of the women bets Sarah five dollars that she won't get his phone number. Sarah not only gets his phone number, but he lets him in on the joke and they hug and kiss. Emasculated by his wife, Kathy, Brad becomes slightly obsessed with finding ways to demonstrate he can still produce testosterone. Soon, Sarah and Brad start a passionate affair. At the same time, their quiet suburban community deals with Ronnie, a convicted pedophile who has just been released from prison. He returns to his mother's home and she helps him endure the constant taunts of an overzealous neighbor. These lives intersect in surprising and potentially dangerous ways.
Statement of Responsibility: New Line Cinema presents a Bona Fide Productions/Standard Film Company production ; produced by Albert Berger, Todd Field, Ron Yerxa ; screenplay by Todd Field & Tom Perrotta ; directed by Todd Field
Title: Little children
[videorecording]
Publisher: Burbank, CA :, New Line Home Entertainment :, Distributed by Warner Home Video,, [2007]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (130 min.) :,sd., col. ;,4 3/4 in.
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Report This Jan 14, 2014
  • pegasus71 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

An amazing and unusual film with a wonderful cast including Kate Winslet, Patrick Wilson, and Jennifer Connelly. It’s a very dark look at suburbia, a mix of sex, love, and perversity involving two dysfunctional married couples with small children, a recently released sex offender who ends up living in their neighborhood with his mother, and an ex-cop who organizes late night football games for fellow cops and heads a campaign to ostracize the sex offender. The movie reminded me very much of the milieu in which Todd Solondz operates, and interestingly enough, one of the characters in the film who meets up on a blind date with the sex offender is played by Jane Adams who was one of the leads in Solondz’ HAPPINESS. Winslet and Wilson were exceptionally good in their central roles, she as an angry, sexually unsatisfied housewife and he as a frustrated stay-at-home dad trying to pass his bar exam while suppressing a latent attraction for young boy skateboarders. While the landscape, needless to say, is most quirky and quite explosive. the film as a whole is nevertheless quite intriguing and compelling.

While the narrator merely took away from the film, it's an overall great film, and while he doesn't have a really big part, I'd say Jackie Earle Haley had the best performance, playing an overall twisted character. I recommend the film.

Report This Sep 17, 2012
  • jmmason rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Came across this title on the "just returned" shelf and was intrigued by the cast. I have to say this is one of the best movies I have never heard of. I was just blown away. First and foremost, there's a teriffic story with nutsey-coo coo characters who intersect in some way with each other. I love black comedy and had no idea anyone was still writing in this vein. It takes intelligence to find the humor in a work like this, and as we all know, there's not a lot of intelligence lined-up to see movies these days. My other delight in this film is discovering how much I could finally enjoy a Kate Winslet performance. She really has some knock-out moments here; one of my faves is the meeting of the book club ladies (anal sex my ass!). Her accomplice, in all his glory, is the pitch-perfect prom king himself, Patrick Wilson. He is truly well-used. What a teriffic adult movie, the kind they don't make anymore.

Report This Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I only had one complaint for this movie and that was the ending. I won't say much about it, because I don't want to spoil the movie for you guys, the only thing I'll say, is that I felt like it all happened too quickly. Just like BAM! ...there goes the ending. Besides that, Little Children is a dramatic masterpiece that shocks, disturbs, and entertains with a brilliant screenplay; a film that cannot be missed by anyone, I highly recommend this one.

Report This Apr 11, 2011
  • britprincess1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Extremely interesting tale of bored suburban housewives. A film that both promotes and condemns feminist thought, LITTLE CHILDREN is a more honest story of what happens when real life is boring, too boring for smart people who feel they're wasting their time with their daily routine, and so, change things up just to feel something, good or bad. A strong stream of sexuality, good and bad, runs like a river through this film, through two couples (one with a female breadwinner and one with a male breadwinner) and the relationship of a convicted pedophile and his elderly mother. More mature and not particularly an easy-to-watch film, LITTLE CHILDREN succeeds mostly because of its fantastic cast. If you have the patience, I would recommend it.

Yeh, I found this one strange, too.

Report This Feb 17, 2010
  • NickCR rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A thought provoking film. For an interesting Kate Winslet double feature that addresses the same theme, pair this with Revolutionary Road.

Report This Jun 18, 2008
  • Sharmink rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

The narration is very annoying - I wish they would have dropped it. But, the acting is amazing, and the story is engaging. A very interesting secondary plot.

Report This Jan 24, 2008
  • reviewer rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Dull, talky soap opera with great female cast but detestable characters and depressing portrayals of sexuality. Like other films in the soap-opera genre, it takes forever to go nowhere.

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  • leereynard38 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.

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  • leereynard38 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains some Sexual Content

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  • leereynard38 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

Report This Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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  • Sharmink rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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Report This Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Brad Adamson: You have a nice place here. Sarah Pierce: You think? Yeah, Richard does pretty well for himself. Brad Adamson: Oh, yeah? What's he do? Sarah Pierce: He lies.

Report This Jul 31, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

May McGorvey: There are four columns of lonely women in here, and only one of lonely men. The odds are on our side. Now why wouldn't any of these women want to meet a nice person like you? Ronald James McGorvey: I'm not a nice person.

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  • bdls206 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

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