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Little Men (2016)

PG | | Drama | 4 May 2017 (Brazil)
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A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

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Ira Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Taplitz ... Jake Jardine
John Procaccino ... Mr. Plummer
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Pilar
Stan Carp ... Sal Bartolini
Paulina García ... Leonor Calvelli (as Paulina Garcia)
Talia Balsam ... Audrey
Greg Kinnear ... Brian Jardine
Jennifer Ehle ... Kathy Jardine
Michael Barbieri ... Tony Calvelli
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Nina
Yolonda Ross ... Arkadina
Leah Gardiner Leah Gardiner ... Director (as Leah C. Gardiner)
Maliq Johnson ... Umar
Anthony A. Flamminio ... Joey (as Anthony Angelo Flamminio)
Alfred Molina ... Hernán
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Storyline

Despite dissimilarities, two middle-school boys from one-child households (Jake and Tony) form a natural friendship when Jake moves with family into his recently deceased grandfather's Brooklyn apartment above the dress shop business of Tony's mother. Extrovert Tony plays soccer, desires to become an actor (like Jake's father) and is sociable, while introvert Jake likes to draw, build his portfolio and be somewhat reclusive. Their best friend status is challenged by Jake's parents inheriting ownership of the building where Tony's mother runs her dress business, asking for three times the rent she previously paid within the upscaling neighborhood. The boys retaliate with silence, but it will likely not be enough. Written by statmanjeff

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Be on each other's side.

Genres:

Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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USA | Greece | Brazil

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

4 May 2017 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You for Being Honest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,368, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$702,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,008,649
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Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Mauricio Bustamante was Michael Barbieri's acting teacher at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute. See more »

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The film is supposed to be actual but Angola is a nation since November,11 1975, not a Portuguese Colony. See more »

Quotes

[continuation of the acting class exercise]
Acting Teacher: You're gonna make me ask another question, aren't you?
Tony Calvelli: I'm GONNA make you ask another question!
Acting Teacher: There you go, I did it again!
Tony Calvelli: I did it again!
Acting Teacher: You did it again!
Tony Calvelli: You did it again!
Acting Teacher: You did it!
Tony Calvelli: You!
Acting Teacher: You!
[...]
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Nana Para Un Suspiro
Written by Pedro Luis Ferrer
Performed by Pedro Luis Ferrer
Courtesy of Ultra Records
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I thought it was OK.
15 August 2016 | by subxerogravitySee all my reviews

So, when I saw the trailer, I think I may have been mislead about what the movie is really about. They used the star power of actor, Greg Kinnear to sell the movie, and even though he's a big (very big) part of the movie, his story is not the focus.

The heart of the movie is the instant bond that happens between the two young boys in this movie (From the trailer, I thought the title Little Men came from the fact that Kinnear was a man-child, which was not the case).

The kid that played the character Tony was the absolutely best. Watching him in the scenes interacting with all the characters was fantastic. He was not the main boy among the two boys, but he was steeling the show without trying.

Other than this kid, the movie does not grab me at all. The main plot of the two boys bond being tested by their parents disagreement over prime real estate in Brooklyn felt really superficial in it's attempts to get everyone on broad, and although every actor is talented, the delivery of the whole film is too bland.

So the kid Tony was the best part of the film that was overall too dry for my taste.

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