Many of us grownups fantasize about going back to middle or high school where we were bullied by our “popular” classmates, with the knowledge we now have to deal with the perpetrators of our mistreatment. That’s sort of what LITTLE was about. However, in LITTLE, Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall), bullied in middle school, vowed to be the bully when she grew up. Now a very wealthy owner of a Tech company Jordan is self-centered and nasty to her staff and insensitive and mean to everyone else. Then, a young girl who herself is bullied in school is verbally abused by Jordan. In retaliation, the young girl waves her “magic wand” and wishes that Jordan becomes LITTLE again. As the fantasy goes, Jordan turns into that pre-teen (Marsai Martin) she once was and is forced to return to the middle school where she had been bullied.
One would think that age and wisdom would have taught Jordan how to handle pre-teen bullies, but in LITTLE, this is lost. Jordan is bullied once again.
As much as Stewart and I wanted to like this film, there was LITTLE to like. The story was predictable, none of the characters were believable, why Jordan’s assistant April (Issa Rae) stuck with her throughout has no logic (other than she herself wanted her chance to be the head of the Tech company and saw this as her opportunity). And even when the “hex” is overturned and Jordan is back to her adult self, Jordan barely redeems herself.
Rarely do I give a movie a bad review, but in this case there is little to say about LITTLE that would give me a reason to recommend seeing it.
Co-written and Directed by Tina Golden
Regina Hall as Jordan Sanders, a ruthless tech mogul
Marsai Martin as 13-year-old Jordan Sanders
Issa Rae as April, Jordan’s overworked assistant
Justin Hartley as Mr. Marshall, a teacher on whom 13-year-old Jordan Sanders has a crush
Tone Bell as Preston