Little Children (2006)

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Avg Rating: 4.2 / 5. Voted: 39

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Year: 2006
Directed by: Todd Field
Starring: Kate Winslet (Sarah), Patrick Wilson (Brad), Jennifer Connelly (Kathy), Jackie Earle Haley (Ronnie), Noah Emmerich (Larry), Phyllis Somerville (Ronnie’s Mom, May)
Country: USA
Language: English (English subtitles)
Runtime: 02:16:46
Genres: Infidelity, Old-Young

Plot – Spoilers:
Little Children is a collection of miserable characters whose interactions with each other breathes life into a stagnant suburb in Boston. Sarah (Kate Winslet) is the mother of a 3 year old girl who harbored ambitions of writing and even has a degree in Literature until marriage and the kid got in the way of her doctorate. She has zero connection with her husband, a branding consultant, who prefers to cloister himself in his room upstairs watching some B-grade pornography that gets his rocks off intensely. Even by 2006 standards, the stuff he’s so turned on by makes you wonder how poor his internet skills must be ๐Ÿ™‚

Sarah hangs around a park and is kind of distant from her daughter while attempting to make polite conversation with the small-minded women there whose only claim to being alive is gossip. Into this boring and suffocating world arrives the good looking Brad (Patrick Wilson) who’s resigned to being a bar-exam failing loser, bossed around by his documentary filmmaker wife Kathy (Jennifer Connelly).

While Sarah and Brad find kinship in each other’s company, the small community they live in is disturbed by the arrival of a pedophile, Ronnie, who has served his sentence and decided to shack up at his mother’s place.

By the end of the movie, most of the characters find their misery alleviated in some way or the other.

Larry, the ex-cop who took out his frustrations of not being on the force anymore by bullying Ronnie, gets a chance at redemption.

Ronnie chops off his cock ensuring he will never be able to molest another kid.

Kathy rediscovers the value of Brad once she realizes she’s on her way to losing him.

Brad through his skateboarding accident figures his affair with Sarah was merely a way to feel alive again and that sport could easily replace Sarah effectively.

In all of this, Sarah appears to come off the worst. While she seems to accept her married fate, the key is that it is acceptance, not some kind of epiphany. You can almost imagine that the rest of her life will be one slow dimming away of the fire that was briefly lit.

Favourite Scenes (Massive Spoilers):
1. After Sarah buys a new red bathing suit, she wears it to the pool hoping to meet Brad there. As she walks out of the changing room and notices Brad, she lets out a small gasp and is filled with a happiness that was missing until that very moment.

2. Ronnie’s interactions with his mother.
Unlike the rest of the world, Ronnie’s mom only sees her child and not a pedophile and sincerely believes that Ronnie can be cured if he finds a girlfriend. The scene where she lists out his attributes to put in a dating column advert is tragically comical and briefly humanizes Ronnie. There is also the simple note she writes him before her death that sends Ronnie into a tailspin of guilt and misery.

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Rj
Rj
July 21, 2023 11:16 pm

Itโ€™s better to seek personal fulfillment internally from within than externally from the fleeting gratification of others attention. Because you honestly will not find what youโ€™re looking for in any of the external. Itโ€™s merely a bandaid on a wound that never heals. Sometimes, you really have it better than you know you do. And some mistakes, once you make them, can never be made right ever again. Itโ€™s a hard lesson to learn, but an important one if you ever even want a chance at true happiness. But this free wisdom I just shared may be as pearls before swine considering who frequents this site. ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

MoeFo
MoeFo
Reply to  Rj
July 28, 2023 4:58 pm

It is a very good thing indeed that you have maintained the HOPE that all of society is not lost, and you opted to share a pearl amongst so many sad displays of piggery nearly everywhere one can look. I just left another comment section where I was excoriating the unintelligent (and/ or unenlightened) masses harboring rotten (misguided?) attitudes. Might I add that; “gratification of others’ APPROVAL” is just as likely to be the errant motive. “Pearls and swine bereft of me” – Chris Cornell. I sang that song in my band for years, and it was one of my favorite lyrics in 22 years. Good to see another wise person in this pig pen. I’m usually just slinging shit back at most of them in great fun as it seems to be a full-contact sport here! ๐Ÿ™‚ Kudos. Great words. ๐Ÿ™‚

MoeFo
MoeFo
Reply to  Rj
July 28, 2023 5:10 pm

Btw, That lyric is from “I Am The Highway” by Audioslave. Thankfully I have (or had – as I’m now 67.. and starting to lose it a bit) the pipes to sing the songs of one of the greatest rock vocalists ever. And if you may be interested; “Like A Stone” is another Audioslave favorite, as are “Black Hole Sun” and “Fell On Black Days” also by Chris Cornell, but in Soundgarden.

Stephane Salvador
Stephane Salvador
January 4, 2021 3:32 pm

People with kids are so miserable lmao I pass

Alfred
Alfred
Reply to  Stephane Salvador
July 24, 2021 1:39 am

You never know how your going react to a certain situation once your in it

I Whacked Off
I Whacked Off
Reply to  Alfred
March 1, 2022 2:27 pm

“YOU’RE”… dumbshit

hedgies SWeTTing
hedgies SWeTTing
Reply to  I Whacked Off
March 1, 2022 7:45 pm

So Im reading the comments in the right upper column and I come across “I Whacked Off on Little Children” WTAF LMAO! No you didnt!

MoeFo
MoeFo
Reply to  Stephane Salvador
July 28, 2023 3:57 pm

Don’t stereotype ALL people with kids as being the same. That would be fuckin retarded. But then… perhaps you are just that.

Ana
Ana
Reply to  Stephane Salvador
August 12, 2023 4:50 pm

yeah especially the diseased ones with AIDS and no custody

Johanne johansen
Johanne johansen
September 12, 2020 1:10 pm

Women who give up their carries for the sake of having a child are petty losers.

Antinatalpist
Antinatalpist
Reply to  Johanne johansen
November 22, 2020 2:53 pm

Careers… Sheesh.

P. Cameron
P. Cameron
Reply to  Johanne johansen
March 1, 2022 5:49 am

People who prioritize the accumulation of wealth over fulfilling their biological and spiritual purposes are infinitely worse.

MoeFo
MoeFo
Reply to  Johanne johansen
July 28, 2023 4:08 pm

People who pass judgement on others over THEIR choices in life are the worst kind of steaming piles of SHIT SCHMUCK IMBECILES. And to top it off by being so FUCKING STUPID that they can’t even spell a word that they should have learned in the third grade – and so then to assume that they should be criticizing ANY other life form??? Holy FUCK. If anyone should jump off something way up high off the ground and kill themselves.. it’s definitely you, johanne josucksatlife douchebagfromhell. Shut your idiot mouith from now on until you fuckin die.

Shivasharanappa s/o Guranna
Shivasharanappa s/o Guranna
September 29, 2019 11:11 am

very good movie, we should be happy in what given us is the lesson of this movie

MoeFo
MoeFo
Reply to  Shivasharanappa s/o Guranna
July 28, 2023 4:27 pm

No. We should always try to make lemonade out of lemons – is the lesson. Because life serves everyone lemons repeatedly forever. And of course we should try to appreciate (and be happy in) life. And make the best of whatever situation we find ourselves in. Dr. Charles Swindoll said; “The longer I’ve lived, the more I’ve come to realize that life is 10% what happens to us, and 90% how we react to it”.