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It's the hunger, the hunger for an alternative, refusal to accept a life of unhappiness.
on 31 October 2009
Tom Perrotta novel Little Children has been adapted for screen. Tom Fields takes to the directors chair for this black comedy which brings us viewers into a world of suburban secrets, sexual paranoia and midlife crisis where damaged self-esteem hangs by a thread and acts of desperation begins to unfold. While the films does provide laughs there are also plenty of shocks with serious factors while the grown-ups try to save their own lives and sense of worth, protection for their own young children will never fail them, as an even bigger fear hangs over a whole community a sex offender is in their mists.
A narrator talks us through the bigger picture letting us know the characters deeper thoughts and feelings and shifting viewpoints. (Kate Winslet) plays Sarah a women with a small daughter, her husband is a marketing executive and also a secret enthusiast of internet porn. Sarah had felt for sometime disenchanted with everything, her life, husband and the uptight small minded moms at the towns playground, she'd fallen into just marking time. Sarah deliberately strikes up a flirtatious friendship with Brad (Patrick Wilson) a stay at home dad known by the other playground moms as Prom King.
Brad is caught up in his own failures of life, hoping to become a lawyer but had so far failed his bar exam twice. His beautiful wife (Jennifer Connelly) had her own career success and he feels inferior just living in her shadow. Uncertain of what he wants Brad keeps his day busy, looking after their young son, he also joins the campaign against the local pedophile. Brad and Sarah friendship has profound disorientation for both; yet it's also their salvation, a curiosity, a fresh excitement, needing each others company just to feel alive!
Strange mix of love and hate going on in this film, the title, Little Children doesn't just refer to the young, instead applies to all ages. All characters show there childlike vulnerability. The pedophile Ronald McGorvey (Jackie Haley) being the prime example portraying him in this film as childlike and living with his mother, trying to bring a sympathetic side to a much-hated character, which was always going to be a tall order for any actor to pull off. But Jackie Haley does put in a powerful performance quite a few haunting scenes like when his lowering himself into the children's shallows of a packed pool with mask and flippers in tow causing complete panic and another scene where his mother sets him up on a dinner date, the results are just halloweeny; creepy and an excruciating embarrassment for all.
Summing up : Great Casting; all performances were strong Kate Winslet marvelous performance in this beautiful shot film. It ticks over nicely scene by scene, the narrator voice for me was the most annoying part, I found it far too monotone. overall It's a film about private addictions, secrecy and denials; enjoyable dark comedy, I'd give it three and a half stars; worth watching.