Little film review: Youngest person to serve as executive producer dishes up laughs in maiden attempt


The production house behind Girls Trip and Night School have come up with another recipe for more laughs.

This time, the team at Will Packer Productions have welcomed Black-ish star Marsai Martin on board. At just 14 years of age, Martin is the youngest person in Hollywood to ever produce a movie. She is one of the executive producers of the newly-released fantasy comedy film Little, in which she also plays the teenage version of the protagonist Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall, The Hate U Give).

This movie can be regarded as the opposite of the 1988 hit Big, starring Tom Hanks. In fact, it was Big that inspired Martin to come up with the idea for Little back in 2014 on the set of Black-ish.

Little follows the life of ruthless tech mogul Jordan Sanders, who was bullied in high school and went on to make a name for herself in the IT industry. She built a successful company that supplied many products to a major client, Connor (Mikey Day, Saturday Night Live). One day, Connor threatens to break his contract with Jordan’s firm if she does not come up with fresh ideas, sending her into a tizzy. In her enraged state, Jordan is mean to a little girl (Marley Taylor), who hexes her by wishing “you were little”.

As a result, Jordan wakes up the next day in her 13-year-old body. She has to return to the same high school she once attended, where bullying is still rife. Meanwhile, her assistant April (Hall’s The Hate U Give co-star Issa Rae) is left holding the fort with Connor breathing down everybody’s necks while Jordan tries to get a group of misfits (JD McCrary, Tucker Meek and Thalia Tran) at her school to build their confidence level and stand up to the popular kids who constantly bully them. Although Jordan eventually returns to her normal self, the experience has left her a changed person, much to her colleagues’ delight.

Hall looks convincing as the adult Jordan, who treats her colleagues coldly, making them wary of her. Rae attracts sympathy as the long-suffering April, who is a virtual slave to Jordan’s whims and fancies. Luke James (Star) provides some degree of comic relief as Trevor, an artist who has a crush on Jordan. The cinematography from Tina Gordon and Will Packer is brilliant. However, it is Martin who steals the show as a 38-year-old trapped in a 13-year-old body who must embrace the inner child in her. It may well be the opening to bigger projects for Martin.

Little would certainly strike a chord with those who have watched Big. It is currently showing in cinemas.