Little Men

B+
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August 04, 2016 at 02:06 PM EDT

The weight of everyday dramas depends on one’s distance from the hormone-dense black hole of adolescence. (Sure, rent might be due, but my crush doesn’t know I exist!) Ira Sachs’ latest quietly touching slice of life, Little Men, effectively places both the adult and the adolescent on equal footing and weaves a simple story that feels rich and honest from any perspective. At the center are Jake (Theo Taplitz) and Tony (Michael Barbieri), two instant best friends who meet when the former’s parents (Greg Kinnear and Jennifer Ehle) move into the Brooklyn apartment above the storefront occupied by the latter’s mother (Paulina García). Each boy is weird in his own endearing way. Jake’s quiet and artistic personality makes him a target for his classmates. Tony, on the other hand, is a firecracker, fitting in anywhere and acting the pants off his drama teacher in one dazzling extended take that, in terms of spectacle, embarrasses every other movie this summer. Beyond that and a monetary disagreement among the parents, there isn’t much more to Little Men when it comes to plot, but Jake and Tony’s journey through early teendom never feels empty. Their scenes together are nuanced and joyful. The restrained script from Sachs and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias takes these boys seriously, without one whiff of condescension, and places value in life’s mundane miracles, like forgiveness and the love of a true friend. B+

Little Men

type
Movie
Genre
mpaa
PG
runtime
85 minutes
director
Ira Sachs
Cast
Theo Taplitz,
Michael Barbieri,
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