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Giant Little Ones

  • Drama
  • 2018
  • Keith Behrman
  • 89 mins
  • 15

Summary

Coming-of-age drama starring Josh Wiggins, Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello. After a drunken sexual encounter with his male best friend, teenager Franky finds himself the subject of school-wide gossip. As he seeks solace with a fellow outcast, he comes to realise that he need not be defined by the opinions of others.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

A gauche high-school jock uncovers his sensitive side in this smart teen drama from writer/director Keith Behrman. Franky (Josh Wiggins) and his best pal Ballas (Darren Mann) have a brief drunken fumble in the dark. Studiously macho and in denial, Ballas gets ahead of the inevitable gossip by spreading it around that Franky made the first move, turning Franky into a school pariah. What follows, though, is not exactly a story of queer realisation. Instead, Franky comes to realise that it doesn't matter whether his peers think he's gay. Behrman explores this with good taste, allowing Franky's recently out-of-the-closet dad (a lovely Kyle MacLachlan) and a trans-curious friend (Niamh Wilson) to impart lessons about social labelling and self-respect. With its pat cinematic style and over-reliance on pop-music montages, the film is content to be merely amiable, but the nuanced messages and appealing performances make it a worthwhile watch.

Credits

Cast

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Franky WinterJosh Wiggins
Ballas KohlDarren Mann
Natasha KohlTaylor Hickson
Nic KohlPeter Outerbridge
MouseNiamh Wilson
Ray WinterKyle MacLachlan
Carly WinterMaria Bello

Crew

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DirectorKeith Behrman

Details

Languages
English
Guidance
Swearing
Formats
Colour
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