Kinder - wie ärgerlich können sie sein, vor allem, wenn sie bereits über 30 Jahre alt sind! Immer noch pubertierende "Youngsters", die nachmittags im Schwimmbad abhängen oder Kunststückchen auf ihrem Skateboard vorführen. "Youngsters" sind aber noch nicht einmal die widerlichsten Figuren in Todd Fields Little Children.(...)
The faux-literary narration giving episodic character evaluations, works wonders. Tackling tough subjects such as infidelity, pornography, paedophilia and loneliness; it's one of the most polemical films not made by Solondz, Haneke or Noe. Suburban dystopia is scrutinised through characters with distinctly opposing ideologies. This film grapples with conservative and liberal solutions to societal issues with skill.
A powerful character study that twists many cinematic conventions and shocks the viewer with disturbing scenes that contrast with the lily-white setting in suburbia. Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley are terrific. Still, something about the movie feels heavy-handed.
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.