By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Columbia Pictures.
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Any time the Wayans brothers release a new film we don't count on great reviews. The same goes for their latest comedy Little Man.
Little Man Reviews
Though critics applaud the film for its achievement in splicing Marlon Wayans head onto a midget, the amount of laughs is where the film is hurting.
There are probably some moviegoers who can laugh at the sight of a groin-punching, breast-grabbing baby, possibly even find it cute. Everyone else should steer clear of "Little Man," which welds Marlon Wayans' head to a diminutive body double, offering up the creepiest bigscreen dwarf since the last David Lynch movie. Not without its share of inspired crudities, this vulgar, violent comedy should provide decent counterprogramming during a blockbuster-heavy frame, drawing the usual overlap of urban audiences and Wayans brothers devotees.
And visually, Man pulls off one of the top technical effects of the year. The 6-foot-2 Marlon Wayans acted the role entirely in front of a green screen, and his face was digitally imposed on a 9-year-old actor. The effect is utterly convincing.
But there are only so many "ga-ga goo-goo" jokes a film can maintain, and, ultimately, Man collapses under its own shaky premise. When the film runs out of clever parenting scenes, it resorts to gross-out jokes and humor that borders on offensive, such as when Calvin tries to breast-feed with a neighbor and sleeps with his adoptive mother.
By movie's end, Man becomes a pale imitation of Home Alone, with bumbling thugs and slapstick humor that even Macaulay Culkin would find juvenile.
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