The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
Release Year: 2006
Rating: 7.8/10 (51,747 voted)
Critic's Score: 75/100
Stars: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson
Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is a househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison – two years for indecent exposure – living with his mother; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead?
Writers: Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
Jackie Earle Haley
Ronnie J. McGorvey
Raymond J. Barry
Mary B. McCann
Release Date: 3 November 2006
Filming Locations: Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA
Box Office Details
Opening Weekend: $97,953
(8 October 2006)
Did You Know?
The character of Bullhorn Bob (played by Raymond J. Barry) is not in Tom Perrotta's novel.
When Brad is dropped at the train station, the train has "Long Island Rail Road" on the side. When Brad is picked up at the train station the station sign says "Boston", and the LIRR logo has been covered. However, the LED Destination sign on the side of the train says "Penn Station" which is the Long Island Rail Road terminal in New York City.
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Out of all the "Oscar Bait" films I've seen this year, this film beats
them all. Little Children is an unbelievable masterpiece about what it
means to grow up. This idea is brilliantly portrayed through characters
– while categorized as "adults" – have yet to outgrow certain
Brad is a man who never got the chance to experience the spotlight in
his youth, and now he desperately craves attention, acknowledgment, or
admiration in any form.
Sarah is a woman who never learned how to grow past her own
selfishness. She is angry at her daughter for needing attention when
all Sarah wants is some time to herself.
Larry is a man who still harbors bully-like tendencies, and desperately
just wants to fit in and be one of the guys. This is seen through his
treatment of Ronnie – the pedophile who was just released from prison
and returned to the neighborhood.
Ronnie is the dangerous man. The man who cannot connect with people his
own age and seeks sexual gratification with children or with people who
– like him – cannot fit into the adult world.
This isn't an action moving – it's an interaction movie. The scenes
between characters have you nailed to your seat and deeply invested.
The characters interact within their small community, and their actions
with each other build into a climatic explosion that forces them all to
face truths about themselves, and – finally – accept their
responsibilities as mothers, husbands, fathers, and humans. This
accepting is what separates little children from adults, immature from
The tale is moving, sad, hilarious, dark, breathtaking,
thought-provoking and many other creative adjectives. It forces you to
reevaluate your idea of yourself and your thoughts on others. It forces
you to see people you would normally loath and dismiss in a differently
light. This a movie you will come out of changed. If you only see one
film a higher, I cannot recommend this one more.