Little Manhattan

  • PG
  • Mark Levin (2005)
  • US
  • 86 min
Little Manhattan
Film Review
Reviewed By
4 out of 5

This charming New York-set romance feels like an adaptation of the diary Woody Allen might have kept as a pre-pubescent. Josh Hutcherson (Zathura) plays Gabe, an angst-ridden 11-year-old who, quite literally, falls head over heels for Rosemary (Charlie Ray) at karate class. Over the course of one languorous New York summer, he struggles to negotiate the protocols of dating and win her heart. Writer Jennifer Flackett allows access to Gabe's innermost thoughts with an amusingly precocious voiceover where he muses that love is "a terrible, ugly business". Hutcherson delivers the lines with total conviction in a film that never patronises its young subject or his emotions. Director Mark Levin lets the pace dip in the middle and occasionally aims for a laugh when he should be angling for pathos (Gabe's big crying scene, for example), but this tale of puppy love still stands head and shoulders above most romantic comedies aimed at grown-ups.

Plot Summary

Romantic comedy starring Josh Hutcherson. Eleven-year-old Gabe lives with his separated parents in New York's Upper West Side. Girls are the last thing on his mind, until he finds himself falling for Rosemary from karate class, and from then on his ordered world is turned upside down.

Cast and crew

Cast

Gabe
Josh Hutcherson
Rosemary
Charlie Ray
Adam
Bradley Whitford
Leslie
Cynthia Nixon
Ralph
Willie Garson
Birdie
Tonye Patano
Master Coles
J Kyle Manzay
Ronny
Josh Pais
Mickey Telesco
John Dossett
Jackie Telesco
Talia Balsam

Crew

Director
Mark Levin

Other Information

Language: 
English
Colour
Theatrical distributor: 
20th Century Fox
Guidance: 
Some violence and swearing.
Released 7 Jul 2006
Certificate PG
Categories
Drama

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