Little Man (2006 film)

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Little Man
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Lee Mayes
Rick Alvarez
Written by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Marlon Wayans
Starring Marlon Wayans
Shawn Wayans
Kerry Washington
John Witherspoon
Tracy Morgan
Chazz Palminteri
Molly Shannon
Music by Teddy Castellucci
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by Nick Moore
Mike Jackson
Revolution Studios
Wayans Bros.
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release dates
  • July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $64 million[1]
Box office $101,595,121

Little Man (stylized as 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. The film was released in the United States on July 14, 2006.


Calvin "Babyface" Simms (Marlon Wayans) is a very short convict. With the help of his goofball cohort Percy (Tracy Morgan), Calvin plots a jewelery shop robbery to steal one of the world's largest diamonds. After the successful robbery, the duo are almost arrested, but not before Calvin manages to stash the diamond in a nearby woman's purse. The thieves follow the handbag's owner to her home where they discover a couple, Darryl (Shawn Wayans) and Vanessa (Kerry Washington), who are eager to have a child.

Calvin and Percy hatch a plot to pass Calvin off as a baby left on the couple's doorstep. Darryl and Vanessa, wanting a child, immediately adopt the baby as their own. However, Vanessa's dad Francis "Pops" (John Witherspoon) has a bad feeling about Calvin. Friends of the couple find Calvin odd as well. A local goon named Walken (Chazz Palminteri), discovers the deception and demands the diamond from Percy. Percy sells out Darryl and now Calvin, in a series of comedic maneuvers, manages to rescue Darryl and have Walken arrested. They are given a substantial reward for the recovery of the diamond.

Before he leaves, Calvin thanks Darryl for taking care of him even though he wasn't really a baby. Calvin is about to be out of Darryl's life for good, as Darryl watches him leave. Calvin is crying hysterically, so Darryl decides to let Calvin stay around and from that point on, the two men become the best of friends. The film ends with Calvin and Pops playing with Darryl and Vanessa's new baby, who looks exactly like Darryl (Shawn Wayans's face superimposed on that of the baby).



Little Man was originally intended to be a sequel to the Wayans Brothers 2004 film White Chicks.[citation needed]

Filming began in the Vancouver area on October 17, 2005 and finished on March 1, 2006.

The scenes with Calvin Sims 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.[2] Shawn Wayans' face was also superimposed in the final scene.[citation needed]



Box office[edit]

Little Man film grossed $58,645,052 domestically and a total $101,595,121 worldwide. The film's budget was $64 million.[3]

Critical response[edit]

Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes gave the film a rating of 12% based on 90 reviews. 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."[4]


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[5] of Baby Buggy Bunny Won

Home media[edit]

DVD was released in Region 1 in the United States on November 7, 2006, and also Region 2 in the United Kingdom on 15 January 2007, it was distributed by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.


  1. ^ "Little Man (2006) - Box Office Mojo". 
  2. ^
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo Staff Little Man finance report,
  4. ^ Little Man at Rotten TomatoesRetrieved 2009-09-30.
  5. ^ - Stone big winner - loser - at Razzies. February 25, 2007

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