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Teen actress shines in ‘Little’

April 20, 2019

The premise of body-switching has been done time and time again, including with the teen-oriented Freaky Friday movies, but the movie Little puts a fresh spin on it. The film is about Jordan Sanders, a successful yet ill-tempered boss who must face her past when she is magically turned into her 13-year-old self. She must then turn over her company to her assistant, April Williams.

Little is lighthearted and funny and promotes the positive message of being yourself. It takes advantage of the hilarity of seeing a 13-year-old make outrageous demands and puts in perspective how childish Jordan’s usual behavior was as an adult. The movie is especially impressive when you take into account that 14-year-old Marsai Martin beautifully plays Jordan and also earned a producer credit on the film, making her one of the youngest to ever do so on a major motion picture.

The movie is not without faults. Some sequences did not seem necessary and some jokes fell flat. For example, there is a scene in which the main characters burst into song for no apparent reason, and it is never addressed again in the film. Other jokes simply went on for too long or felt disconnected from what the movie was trying to say. On the other hand, the film occasionally got so focused on trying to promote its message that the storytelling aspect came off as awkward.

But Little gives viewers room to imagine what they would do if they were given the chance to be a kid again and to look at how they’ve changed since they grew up. The film poses the questions: Have you stayed true to yourself? Do you like who you’ve become? The movie is not only a good chance to laugh at an adult learning to be a child again, but it reminds you to look at the world with fresh eyes and a renewed spirit.

Little is rated PG-13 and is 1 hour and 49 minutes. It is being shown at Regal Santa Fe Stadium 14 and Violet Crown Santa Fe.

Seneca Johnson is a junior at Santa Fe Indian School. Contact her at senecasjo@sfisonline.org.