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Little Man
Canít get any dumber than this
Little Man
Marlon Wayans and Tracy Morgan in "Little Man".
OPENING WEEKEND: $21,000,000
DOMESTIC TOTAL: $85,000,000
OTHER PREVIEWS: Alatriste (7/10)
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January 23rd, 2006: Shawn Wayans plays a wannabe dad, who mistakes a short, baby-faced crook (Marlon Wayans) for a kid. Heís so desperate for a son of his own, that he and his wife (Kerry Washington) decide to adopt the little impostor. The fatherís newfound happiness is short lived, however, when the criminalís partner (Tracy Morgan) shows up. The two felons recently robbed a jewelry store together and now plan to take advantage of the gullible parents.

What to Expect: Keenen Ivory Wayans is nearly 50 year old, but the maturity level of his movies appears to be moving in reverse. With Little Man, itís at about the level of an eight year old. His previous endeavor, White Chicks, may have been his crudest attempt at comedy yet. The 2004 flick earned a BET award, a Teen Choice Awards nomination, and five Razzie nominations, which are awarded to the worst films of the year. Keenenís two brothers, Shawn and Marlon, were not forgotten by the Razzies either as both received a Worst Actress nomination. White Chicks was one of the most poorly reviewed films of the year by the critics, but was incredibly successful considering the negative press, making $70 million in US theaters.

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So while their comedy deteriorates, the Wayans brothers continue to rake in profits from their followers. Since the Wayansí past credits include some truly memorable projects, itís not that surprising. Obviously, Keenan is responsible for creating the flashy sketch program, In Living Color, which was the edgiest comedy show on television in the early nineties. It featured a cast full of the Wayans siblings and future mega stars like Jim Carey and Jamie Foxx. Keenanís first feature film, Iím Gonna Git You, Sucka, was a hilarious send-up of blaxploitation films in the vein of Airplane! and the Naked Gun movies. Similarly, the Wayansí work on the first Scary Movie was some of the funniest stuff they have ever done and is still, by far, the best effort in the Scary Movie franchise.

Which leads us to Little Man. I must admit that there is something obnoxiously amusing about Marlon Wayans pretending to be a short kid. Just the fact that the Wayans brothers even attempt this type of comedy warrants some praise, I suppose. Itís also nice to see Tracy Morgan in the movie as Iíve enjoyed each one of his rare appearances as a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Unfortunately, he hasnít been funny in anything since his departure from SNL, so Iím hoping heíll be able to add something positive this time around. If you can buy this premise and stomach the inevitably vulgar and offensive situations it will generate, then this movie is for you. I can; however, I feel that Little Man will be so crammed with over-the-top humor that it will frequently veer into an intolerable mess.

In Conclusion: Little Man will probably look and feel like it was put together a few days prior to release. It will undeniably feature sloppy editing and a narrative flow thatís barely visible under the microscope. Everything will depend on the Wayansí ability to deliver the humor without it feeling like getting hit in the face with a frying pan. Even some of the most tasteless jokes should strike the right chord, but there will be an equal amount that will seem incorrigible. It should satisfy the fans and irritate anyone who wanders into the theater by accident.

Similar Titles: Don't Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood, White Chicks, Big Mommaís House, Corky Romano
July 14th, 2006 (wide)
November 7th, 2006 (DVD)

Columbia Pictures

Keenen Ivory Wayans

Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Tracy Morgan, Kerry Washington, Lochlyn Munro, John Witherspoon, Chazz Palminteri, Molly Shannon

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