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Giant Little Ones puts a complex and refreshingly nuanced spin on the traditional coming of age drama, further elevated by the admirable efforts of a talented cast.
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[An] emotionally honest and heartfelt look at figuring out one's path through the difficult journey of adolescence.
Behrman has crafted a classic high school tale of outsiders finding themselves ... The images are sumptuously saturated and gorgeously crafted, and the soundtrack thrums and whines with anxiety and racing pulse.
Despite its lapses into self-consciousness, the movie presents us with a set of characters that we end up believing and caring about - not tremendously, but enough to keep watching to see how they all turn out.
The plot may take an unexpected path, but that's not enough to make Franky and Ballas's story compelling.
What starts as a rather typical indie drama about a young man inching his way out of the closet ultimately proves to be a far more complex and rewarding ode to the fluidity of identity.
The sheer amount of issues shoved in here is overpowering.
Unlike so many coming-of-age films, Behrman shows the intelligent approach of presenting that while one incident may eventually be a major mile marker, it's not always immediately obvious how much impact will be made.
Heartfelt without turning heavy-handed, this exploration of teenage sexuality generally sidesteps coming-of-age clichés.
Like its protagonist, the film thrives because it doesn't conform to a simple label.
Writer-director Keith Behrman avoids most of the cliches of the coming-of-age drama to present Franky's world as a fluid landscape with many sexual possibilities.
Behrman pulls the rug out to dissect a once-unbreakable friendship.
Best of all, it shows that teens are not a monolith.
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