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Little Men (2016)

PG | | Drama | 4 May 2017 (Brazil)
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A new pair of best friends have their bond tested by their parents' battle over a dress shop lease.

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Ira Sachs
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Theo Taplitz ... Jake Jardine
John Procaccino ... Mr. Plummer
Ching Valdes-Aran ... Pilar
Stan Carp ... Sal Bartolini
Paulina García ... Leonor Calvelli (as Paulina Garcia)
Talia Balsam ... Audrey
Greg Kinnear ... Brian Jardine
Jennifer Ehle ... Kathy Jardine
Michael Barbieri ... Tony Calvelli
Stella Schnabel Stella Schnabel ... Nina
Yolonda Ross ... Arkadina
Leah Gardiner Leah Gardiner ... Director (as Leah C. Gardiner)
Maliq Johnson ... Umar
Anthony A. Flamminio ... Joey (as Anthony Angelo Flamminio)
Alfred Molina ... Hernán
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Storyline

Despite dissimilarities, two middle-school boys from one-child households (Jake and Tony) form a natural friendship when Jake moves with family into his recently deceased grandfather's Brooklyn apartment above the dress shop business of Tony's mother. Extrovert Tony plays soccer, desires to become an actor (like Jake's father) and is sociable, while introvert Jake likes to draw, build his portfolio and be somewhat reclusive. Their best friend status is challenged by Jake's parents inheriting ownership of the building where Tony's mother runs her dress business, asking for three times the rent she previously paid within the upscaling neighborhood. The boys retaliate with silence, but it will likely not be enough. Written by statmanjeff

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Be on each other's side.

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Rated PG for thematic elements, smoking and some language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

4 May 2017 (Brazil) See more »

Also Known As:

Thank You for Being Honest See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$30,368, 7 August 2016

Gross USA:

$702,537

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$2,008,649
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Color

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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The play in which Brian appears was supposed to be Jean-Paul Sartre's No Exit. When the filmmakers failed to clear the rights, it was changed to Anton Chekhov's The Seagull. The screenwriters knew it was in the public domain because they had previously worked on the biopic Monty Clift, in which Matt Bomer is slated to portray Montgomery Clift. See more »

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Quotes

[continuation of the acting class exercise]
Acting Teacher: You're gonna make me ask another question, aren't you?
Tony Calvelli: I'm GONNA make you ask another question!
Acting Teacher: There you go, I did it again!
Tony Calvelli: I did it again!
Acting Teacher: You did it again!
Tony Calvelli: You did it again!
Acting Teacher: You did it!
Tony Calvelli: You!
Acting Teacher: You!
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Soundtracks

Dulce Sueño
Written by Jose Lozano
Performed by Mongo Santamaria (as Mongo Santamaria)
Courtesy of Fantasy Records
By Arrangement of Concord Music Group, Inc.
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Making friends ... and conflict
1 May 2016 | by ferguson-6See all my reviews

Greetings again from the darkness. There is a lot going on in this latest from writer/director Ira Sachs, and every bit of it provides some commentary on the basic everyday life struggles faced by normal folks. There is also a continuation of the ongoing NYC vs Brooklyn "friendly competition", as well a reminder of the downside of gentrification.

Mr. Sachs and his frequent collaborator and co-writer Mauricio Zacharias kick off the story with Greg Kinnear's Brian awkwardly exchanging greetings with Paulina Garcia' s (so terrific in Gloria, 2013) Leonor while the son's of these two share an equally awkward meeting. Leonor is the long-time tenant in the dress shop located below the apartment where Brian's recently deceased father resided.

Jake (Theo Tapitz) is an aspiring artist who doesn't easily make friends. Tony (Michael Barbieri) is a brash, fast-talking kid who is a bit more street wise and outgoing. The two boys quickly bond … while at the same time, the parents begin a quiet battle. Brian's sister (played by Talia Balsam) demands her fair share of their father's estate through higher rent on Leonor's dress shop. It turns out their dad never raised the rent despite the number of years and the developing neighborhood. Kinnear's wife Kathy (the underrated Jennifer Ehle) tries to play peace-keeping negotiator so that the boys' friendship is not affected. As is often the case, the kids handle the situation better than the adults.

The film's best scenes feature the two young boys … a blossoming childhood friendship that is all too rare on the big screen. If the boys weren't so severely impacted, the adult interactions could almost be white noise. Themes of money vs love, greed vs emotion, as well as recurring and various instances of rejection, all play a part in this multi-faceted story. Examples of rejection include a girl rejecting a boy, Brian's rejection as an actor, and the multiple rejections in the negotiations for the shop. Mr. Sachs has a real knack for putting real people in real situations that result in difficult decisions.

All of the acting is top notch, including Alfred Molina in a small role as Leonor's attorney and adviser. But it's the boys – Tapitz and especially Barbieri – that elevate the film. Watching the boys grow closer despite the all-too-close conflicts reminds a bit of the friendships in Rob Reiner's classic Stand By Me. Young Mr. Tapitz already has a few short films under his belt as a director, and Mr. Barbieri is certain to get many more opportunities to flash his on screen talent.


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