Tina Gordon Chism has done it again! The longtime director is known for comedy-drama films such as “Drumline” and “ATL.” Her latest film, “Little,” not only maintains her reputation for quality films but also spreads a big message.
“Little,” rated PG-13, follows the story of Jordan Sanders. Regine Hall portrays the older Jordan, while Marsai Martin appears as the younger Jordan.
Following the backstory of Jordan’s younger self facing trouble in middle school, the film flashes to present day where Jordan makes big waves in the tech industry.
Along with her success comes a life of luxury, but also an attitude like no other.
Jordan finds herself in control and looks down on others, especially her assistant, April, played by Issa Rae.
Jordan’s life of power seems desirable until one day her mean words prompt elementary magician Stevie, played by Marley Taylor, to curse her with a spell that would make her little.
Everything is fine and dandy, but the next day Jordan wakes up as her middle school self, which is only the start of her world turning upside down. While she is experiencing this, she returns to her old school. She has struggles but even greater realizations.
With Jordan’s situation, April takes the lead and eases her way into having a genuine friendship with Jordan, that makes the upside-down life more bearable.
From a bully in the workplace to being bullied back in middle school, Jordan rediscovers the values of not conforming to society’s expectations and being true to oneself.
Going back to her old self made her appreciate the fearlessness we all have possessed as children, and the unique perspective of youth.
The film spreads a sense of wonder about what will happen to Jordan. Will she ever be able to go back to her grown self? But the film also spreads a more important message of being yourself – something we all were when we were younger but not all of us have held onto.
Despite having a 47% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregation website, and barely breaking even at the 10-day mark at the box office, “Little” is a good comedy with an awesome message.
The storyline lets you see the world through various perspectives and thrives on the underlying message of being kind to others and embracing who you are.
The film reminds us that the years when we were little are the years when our personalities were the most genuine, a quality each of us should try to have at any stage of our lives.