Little Man (2006 film)

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Little Man
Littlemanposter.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Keenen Ivory Wayans
Produced by
Written by
  • Keenen Ivory Wayans
  • Marlon Wayans
  • Shawn Wayans
Starring
Music by Olivia Melvin
Cinematography Steven Bernstein
Edited by
Production
company
Distributed by Columbia Pictures
Release date
  • July 14, 2006 (2006-07-14)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $64 million[1]
Box office $101.6 million

Little Man is a 2006 American 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 theatrically released in the United States on July 14, 2006 to commercial success but largely negative reviews, including three Golden Raspberry Awards.

Plot[edit]

Calvin "Babyface" Simms (Marlon Wayans) is a very short convict. With the help of his goofball cohort Percy (Tracy Morgan), Calvin plots a jewellery 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 Edwards (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. Darryl is given a substantial reward for the recovery of the diamond, and since Calvin saved his life, he doesn't turn him over to the police.

Before he leaves, Calvin thanks Darryl for taking care of him even though he wasn't really a baby and admits that he thinks Darryl would make a great father for a real child someday. 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 and from that point on, the two men become the best of friends. The film ends at some point in the future with Calvin and Pops playing with Darryl and Vanessa's real baby, who looks exactly like Calvin (Shawn Wayans's face superimposed on that of the baby).

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

Filming began in the Vancouver area on September 17, 2005 and finished on January 21, 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]

Soundtrack[edit]

Reception[edit]

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]

The film received generally negative reviews from movie critics. 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] It currently has a 4.3 out of 10 on IMDb. On Metacritic, based on 22 critics, it received a 26 out of a possible 100. This sites "Generally unfavorable Reviews". The film received a 4.2 out of 10 on "Common Sense Media". Slant Magazine gave the film a 1.5 out of 4.

Awards[edit]

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]

This VHS and DVD were released 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.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Little Man (2006) - Box Office Mojo". boxofficemojo.com. 
  2. ^ http://www.celebritywonder.com/movie/2006_Little_Man_about_the_visual_effects.html
  3. ^ Box Office Mojo Staff Little Man finance report, BoxOfficeMojo.com
  4. ^ Little Man at Rotten TomatoesRetrieved 2009-09-30.
  5. ^ www.News.com.au - Stone big winner - loser - at Razzies. February 25, 2007

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