Little Children

From The Movie Snob

Little Children (B). This movie covers somewhat the same ground as American Beauty (adultery in suburbia), but I think this is a much better film — less self-consciously arty, more true-to-life. Kate Winslet (Titanic) stars as Sarah Pierce, an unhappy stay-at-home mother of a three-year-old girl who spends part of every weekday at a little park with other stay-at-home mothers. A handsome stay-at-home husband (Patrick Wilson, The Switch), dubbed The Prom King by the women, starts to show up at the park with his son, and before too long he and Sarah embark on an affair. In a subplot, a squirrelly creep named Ronald James McGorvey has just moved into the neighborhood after serving two years for indecent exposure to a minor. An out-of-work cop (Noah Emmerich, Jane Got a Gun) makes it his personal mission to warn everybody about the pervert in their midst, with unforeseen consequences. Good performances from everyone, especially Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley as the pathetic McGorvey. (Haley played the tough, motorcycle-riding kid Kelly in the original Bad News Bears, but I did not recognize him at all.)

4 comments on “Little Children

  1. […] with enough humanity to keep me feeling a shred of sympathy for her.  The reliable Patrick Wilson (Little Children) turns in a nice performance as the thoroughly unremarkable object of Mavis’s attention.  […]

  2. […] O’Neal, Paper Moon) to pitch and a motorcycle-riding juvenile delinquent (Jackie Earle Haley, Little Children) to field and hit, and of course the Bears ultimately go to the championship game.  And it’s […]

  3. […] the new members/recruits . . . and the typical teen romance develops with Tris.  Kate Winslet (Little Children) plays Jeanine, the leader of the Erudite (intelligent) faction, which tries to overthrow the […]

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