Why wouldn’t one of these women want to meet a nice person like you?
I’m not a nice person.
You did a bad thing.
But that doesn’t mean you’re a bad person.
I have a psychosexual disorder.
You’re better now. They wouldn’t have let you out if you weren’t.
They let me out because they had to. [..] What’s the matter, Mommy? Are you sick or something?
I’m an old woman. I’m not going to live forever. Who’s going to cook for you? Who’s going to wash the dishes?
I can wash the dishes,
You’ve never washed a dish in your life.
I could do it if I had to. I’m not a retard.
No, you’re not. You’re a miracle, Ronnie. We’re all miracles. You know why?
Because as humans, everyday we go about our business, and all that time we know, we all know that the things we love, the people we love… at any time, it can all be taken away. We live knowing that and we keep going anyway. Animals don’t do that.
It’s this speech that Ronnie’s mother gave to him that kinda struck a chord. It’s not often you see parents dedicated and thoughtful of their sexual deviants sons and willing to embrace them with all their woes.
About the movie
The movie takes place over one summer in a suburban neighborhood in Massachusetts. Kate Winslett is Sarah, a stay at home mom bored with her life. When one day she meets Brad (Wilson) at the park, a spark is ignited that she hasn’t felt in a long time. Brad is a stay at home dad supposedly studying for the Bar Exam. He’s married to Kathy (Connelly) who supports her husband and their son with her job making documentaries. Sarah’s husband works in advertising and is away a great deal. Sarah tries to fill her life with her daughter and book clubs, but is seriously feeling unfulfilled. At first Brad and Sarah strike up just a friendship, but it’s obvious to them and the audience that their relationship won’t stay platonic for long.
Adding conflict is the presence of Ronnie (Haley), who has returned from prison for exposing himself to small children. As a sexual predator his whereabouts have been announced to his neighbors who respond with horror and revulsion. Ronnie lives with his mother who seems to be the only person on the planet capable of loving him.
While the title of this movie is Little Children and there are many children in the movie, it is not the kids that the title is referring to. The real children in this movie are the grown-ups and the theme of the movie is about growing up and taking responsibility for the children. At the beginning, the children are the last things on the lead character’s minds. Sarah is looking for excitement that her role as mother can’t bring. Brad feels seriously emasculated by his role and longs for his youth. He searches for it in the skateboarding kids in the neighborhood and on the football field and eventually in Sarah’s arms. Ronnie of course has the least interest in children’s welfare. All of them must learn a lesson and the final resolution is emotionally satisfying in a way that too many movies aren’t. This is adult entertainment at its finest.
Although Connelly is given equal screentime in the previews and press for this movie, she is merely a supporting character. This is Winslett and Wilson’s movie. Both of them, but especially Winslett deserve to be nominated for their roles. Haley, as Ronnie, could also snag one for supporting actor. In case you don’t recognize the name, Haley is most famous for playing Kelly Leek in the old Bad News Bears movies. He’s come a long way from the baseball diamond of his youth.
If you’re looking for human drama filled with emotional nuances and real depth, Little Children is definitely the movie for you. Don’t be surprised if this movie becomes the movie to see come Award Season.