When boss from hell Jordan Sanders (Regina Hall) wakes up one morning back in her 13-year-old body (Marsai Martin) in director Tina Gordon’s Little, the grown-up Jordan is forced to revisit painful moments of her adolescence.
Fed up with her boss, Jordan’s assistant, April Williams (Issa Rae), uses this situation to take charge at work and feed her supervisor a much-deserved dose of humility. A heart-warming allegory about the long-term effects of bullying on the psyche of a child and the adult she becomes, it’s a movie that is fun and carefree.
Hall is in about a third of the movie. But with her textbook physical-comedy chops and the way she zeroes in on what an adult woman with the emotional maturity of a teenager would look and sound like, you wish she could be in the whole thing.
Turns out it’s harder to make a movie where an adult reverts to childhood than the reverse. Little centres on different kinds of black women and girls and it quickly becomes clear just what a tall order phenom Marsai Martin, who executive produced the pic and pitched its original concept at age 10, has established.