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Little Children (2006)



Critic Consensus: Little Children takes a penetrating look at suburbia and its flawed individuals with an unflinching yet humane eye.

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In a suburban town full of perfect parents devoted to rearing their children for Harvard futures, a stay-at-home mom has an affair with an ex-jock, stay-at-home dad who rebels against his wife's wishes that he become a big-bucks lawyer.more
Rating: R (for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content)
Genre: Drama, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Tom Perrotta, Todd Field, Tom Perrotta
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 1, 2007
Box Office: $5.3M
New Line Cinema - Official Site


Kate Winslet
as Sarah Pierce
Patrick Wilson
as Brad Adamson
Jennifer Connelly
as Kathy Adamson
Jackie Earle Haley
as Ronald James McGorve...
Gregg Edelman
as Richard Pierce
Noah Emmerich
as Larry Hedges
Phyllis Somerville
as May McGorvey
Sadie Goldstein
as Lucy Pierce
Ty Simpkins
as Aaron Adamson
Helen Carey
as Slutty Kay
Mary B McCann
as Mary Ann
Raymond J. Barry
as Bullhorn Bob
Erica Berg
as Secretary
Chadwick Brown
as Tony Corrente
Anna Audia
as Isabella
Alida P. Field
as ICU Room Loved One
Mary Goggin
as Agitated Woman
Chad Brown
as Tony Correnti
Phil McGlaston
as Rogers, Dewayne
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Bart Williams
Chance Kelly
as Olafson
Adam Mucci
as Richie Murphy
Cheryl Patrick
as Concerned Mother
Crystal Field
as Josephine
Tom Perrotta
as Small Man
Mark A. Pierce
as Slutty Kay Fan
Hunter Reid
as Christian
David Cole
as Skateboarder 2
Weston Elrod
as skateboarder 3
Lisa Sample
as Mother with Cell Pho...
Adam Sietz
as The Big Man
Christopher Nicholas...
as Steakhouse Waiter
Leon Vitali
as Familiar Man
Carolyn Erika Walter
as Country Club Mother
Stan Carp
as Cabbie
Sandra Berrios
as Kind Woman in Hospit...
Ivar Brogger
as ICU Counsellor
Myra Turley
as ICU Nurse
David Rowdon
as Tow Yard Attendant
Paul Mott
as Boy in Katy's Docume...
Beatrice Rigaud
as Concerned Mom at Poo...
Jillian Lindig
as Concerned Mom at Poo...
William Harvey
as Policeman at Pool
Casper Andreas
as Policeman at Pool
Matt Garifo
as Lifegaurd
Brooke Fazio
as Snack Girl
Monica Dobson
as Wading Pool Mom
Ken Tirado
as Bartender
Carlie LaPorta
as Children at Steakhou...
Joe C. Guest
as Ted From Richard's O...
Bruce Gross
as Ray From Next Door
Patrick Larkin
as Auditor Team Captain
Michael Diesel
as Police Officer at Mc...
Conrad Angel Corral
as Slutty Kay Fan Club ...
Darrell E. Geer
as Slutty Kay Fan Club ...
Gil Ira Hayes
as Slutty Kay Fan Club ...
Marshall Lefcourt
as Slutty Kay Fan Club ...
Gary Anthony Ramsay
as off-screen anchor
Patricia A. Gangemi
as Concerned Parent
Cynthia L. Wiese
as Concerned Parent
Loren Wiese
as Concerned Parent
Clare F. Mithcell
as Concerned Parent
John Begley
as Background Football ...
Travis Koestler
as Skateboarder
Daniel Falla
as Skateboarder
Luis Tolentilo
as Skateboarder
Tugman Tookmanlian
as Skateboarder
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Critic Reviews for Little Children

All Critics (158) | Top Critics (45)

Playing up her sturdiness, her furry dark brows and the wiry unruliness of her old-gold hair, Winslet is the best Emma Bovary I've seen-even if she's named Sarah, not Emma.

Full Review… | September 2, 2014

More than just another dissection of suburban sexual frustration, its concern with children, parents and those of us who lie somewhere in-between make Little Children a minor masterpiece.

Full Review… | April 27, 2012

It's not necessarily a cautionary tale, but more a look within a surface utopia that doesn't really exist.

Full Review… | February 9, 2011

As commentary on our time, it may be accurate. As movie drama, it isn't so much overheated as reheated in the microwave on high.

Full Review… | July 6, 2010
Boston Phoenix

Its antiseptic textures merely whimper 'Oscar clip'

Full Review… | August 28, 2009

Bereft of a protagonist, the movie breaks down under the weight of absurd voice-over narration and an exploitative ending that is as indefensibly wrongheaded as it is cheap.

Full Review… | April 24, 2009

Audience Reviews for Little Children

This was well on it's way to being an excellent movie - and then it just lost it's own thread.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer


Author Tom Perrotta joined up with director/sometimes actor Todd Field to make an adaptation of his novel about the woes of living in suburbia, especially where the effects of adultery and having a registered sex offender living nearby are concerned. Incidentally, this is a lot like Revolutionary Road (and both star Kate Winslet), but this one is far less depressing, and has more obvious notes of sardonic satire.

The film starts off really cooking with some sharp and rather witty satire, but then eventually devolves into overwrought melodrama that runs overlong and doesn't really tell me me anything I didn't really already know. Plus, the movie makes it seem like all suburbanites suffer like these characters do, and that's just not the case at all.

I did enjoy the film a fair amount though, that much is certain. I'm mixed about the use of narration, especially since it mostly tells instead of showing, which gets to me. Also, I think the subplot about the sex offender could have been better incorporated into the story, especially since it is some of the best material here, with Jackie Earle Haley giving a brilliant performance in a really tough and unenviable role.

The stuff concerning adultery and midlife crisis is somewhat on the nose and reeks of rehahing of better movies, but it is still decently well played, and no one here really gives a bad performance, although Connelly could have been used more, and it did sorta seem like the actors were fishing for Oscars at times.

Still, the film looks great, the music's not bad, and I wasn't really as bored as I could have been.

Chris Weber

Super Reviewer


Freaking great! Its a real nice way of showing how intense suburban life can be. Though the ending is a bit of a fantasy, the rest is raw and powerful.

paul o.
paul oh

Super Reviewer

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