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.
R (for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content)
Comedy , Drama
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Kate Winslet
as Sarah Pierce
Patrick Wilson
as Brad Adamson
Jennifer Connelly
as Kathy Adamson
Jackie Earle Haley
as Ronald James McGorvey
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
Catherine Wolf
as Marjorie
Helen Carey
as Slutty Kay
Mary B. McCann
as Mary Ann
Trini Alvarado
as Theresa
Raymond J. Barry
as Bullhorn Bob
Erica Berg
as Secretary
Chadwick Brown
as Tony Corrente
Alida P. Field
as ICU Room Loved One
Anna Audia
as Isabella
Mary Goggin
as Agitated Woman
Phil McGlaston
as Rogers, Dewayne
Celestial Hakim
as Courtney
Bruce Kirkpatrick
as Bart Williams
Corey Ireland
as Swimmer
Chance Kelly
as Olafson
Adam Mucci
as Richie Murphy
Cheryl Patrick
as Concerned Mother
Tom Perrotta
as Small Man
Crystal Field
as Josephine
Mark A. Pierce
as Slutty Kay Fan
Hunter Reid
as Christian
David Cole
as Skateboarder 2
Lisa Sample
as Mother with Cell Phone at Pool
Weston Elrod
as skateboarder 3
Adam Sietz
as The Big Man
Leon Vitali
as Familiar Man
Christopher Nicholas Smith
as Steakhouse Waiter
Carolyn Erika Walter
as Country Club Mother
Stan Carp
as Cabbie
Sandra Berrios
as Kind Woman in Hospital
Ivar Brogger
as ICU Counsellor
Myra Turley
as ICU Nurse
Paul Mott
as Boy in Katy's Documentary
Beatrice Rigaud
as Concerned Mom at Pool
Jillian Lindig
as Concerned Mom at Pool
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 Steakhouse
Joe C. Guest
as Ted From Richard's Office
Bruce Gross
as Ray From Next Door
Patrick Larkin
as Auditor Team Captain
Michael Diesel
as Police Officer at McGorvey's
Conrad Angel Corral
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Darrell E. Geer
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Gil Ira Hayes
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
Marshall Lefcourt
as Slutty Kay Fan Club Member
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 Player
Travis Koestler
as Skateboarder
Daniel Falla
as Skateboarder
Luis Tolentilo
as Skateboarder
Tugman Tookmanlian
as Skateboarder
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All Critics (159) | Top Critics (46)

Little Children is disturbing and smart and the best satire of modern American suburbia since American Beauty.

January 5, 2007
Orlando Sentinel
Top Critic

Well-acted and meticulously crafted, Little Children can feel less like a full-blooded representation of life than a disquieting literary exercise.

January 5, 2007
Denver Rocky Mountain News
Top Critic

I didn't like any of these characters, but I kept pulling for them anyway -- right up to the shock-o-riffic ending, when I felt I'd been sucker-punched.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Sun-Times
Top Critic

As in Field's first film, the characters are drawn with such compassion their follies become our own and their desires seem as vast as the night sky.

Full Review… | January 5, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Little Children includes all the clichéd scenarios of a midday TV sudser, but they're ratcheted up several seedy degrees.

January 4, 2007
Arizona Republic
Top Critic

A beautifully observed, profoundly moving tale of suburban malaise.

January 4, 2007
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Little Children

Maybe my lack of understanding is what provides a low rating compared to its apparent popularity, but there is simply nothing to like about this pointless and uneventful movie about being disenchanted and disconnected with the world and people around you.

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

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
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 oh
paul oh

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