Not as insightful or complex as it would like to be, has some serious issues with muddled tonality, and the goofy narrator undermines the film's sporadic attempt to take itself seriously. Still, it's never overwrought, we have an interesting enough story and some fine acting from the ever-enchanting Kate Winslet. Ever so mildly recommended, if you've completed everything else on your list.
Adoro narratori con voci tenebrose fare da cornice alle immagini. Ma porcoggiuda, non si può fare di un film un audiolibro, perdipiù con questa voce narrante stile JOIN THE ARMY: i film dovrebbero lasciar parlare le immagini. A tratti sembra davvero Happiness, meno delicato e meno intenso (ma meglio del 2): ci sono il sex offender, la nevrotica insicura, la gente che si tradisce, il maniaco soft, i bambini. 4/5
Tales of affluent, suburban ennui are dime a dozen and exhaustingly cliched. However, amidst such cliches found in this film, there are wonderful fragments of narrative, hypnotic uses of aural rhythms and a magnificent cast. Jackie Earle Haley stands above the others, delivering a taut, challenging performance that manages to elicit both empathy and disgust.
Beautiful portrayal of dystopian suburbia. Kate Winslet is charming as a mother who isn't quite sure what her life has become. Patrick Wilson is attractive and magnetic as a stay-at-home dad who wants something more for himself, but never seems quite sure of what it is. It's offhandedly funny, but also tragic. Little Children never fully commits to one genre, but it's fitting in this tale of suburban discomfort.