Reviewed by

Christopher Armstead

I’m actually one of the few persons on the planet that thought ‘White Chicks’ was marginally amusing.  You can hate on the Wayan’s all you want, but if you sit through one of their gag fest experiments, masquerading as movies, they’re gonna make you laugh a couple times.  It’s gonna happen.

This brings us to latest Wayan gag fest titled ‘Little Man’ which, dammit all to hell, made me laugh.  That doesn’t mean it’s a good movie, because it’s not even close to that, but I would be lying to you if I said I sat through the whole thing stone faced.

The plot, as it were, centers around midget, dwarf, pygmy or something Calvin (Marlon Wayans) who is also a career criminal. He and his boy Percy (Tracy Morgan) are hired mob boss Walken (Chazz Palminteri) to steal a some big important diamond, which is like at a Zales or something as opposed to being at a museum with maybe some kind security around.  The caper goes all wacky so in desperation Calvin sees a couple at a rite aid Darryl (Shawn Wayans) and Vanessa (Kerri Washington) and drops the diamond in Vanessa’s purse.  Now, to get the diamond back Calvin pretends to be a baby that the childless couple has always wanted.  Mayhem, Zaniness, and wackiness shall ensue.  Please commence to laughing.

his movie pretty much closes the book on blunt force objects to the male genatalia.  I think I lost count at around nine shots to the nutsack area.  Gentlemen, far be it from me to tell professional funnymen how to do their jobs, but blows to the nuts stop being funny pretty much after the second time.

It would also appear that Keenan and the gang operate with little or no script as the story for this one, and quite honestly most of their movies play as one long extended sketch comedy sequence.  But, there are some funny bits in it, enough at least to honestly say that the movie IS funny, as opposed to something like ‘Date Movie’ which is probably the worst comedy of the 21st century.

But here’s what’ll either make you want to see it or want to leave it.  It’s actually a step backwards from ‘White Chicks’.  Yes, White Chicks was not only funnier, but a better film.  And though ‘Not as good as White Chicks’ won’t get me that movie poster quote I’m gunning for, Little man… not nearly as good as White Chicks.  So there you go.


 

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