Rolling Stone's Peter Travers digs 'Little Children' | The Moviegoer

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Rolling Stone's Peter Travers digs 'Little Children'

Posted By on Wed, Oct 11, 2006 at 2:03 PM

. . . This unnervingly funny and quietly devastating film -- director Todd Field's first since his smash 2001 debut with In the Bedroom -- pulls you in like a magnetic-force field.

 . . . A never-better Kate Winslet goes so deep into her character you can almost feel her nerve endings. Her Sarah is a former college feminist shocked to find herself a clueless wife and mom married to a jerk (Gregg Edelman) whom she catches jerking off to the Slutty Kay Web site. The film's narrator (Will Lyman of PBS's Frontline) provides the right note of ironic wit, even as the plot gets darker. . .

. . . The laughs catch in your throat in Little Children. It's more than a moral fable about the traps we set for ourselves by not growing up. Field performs a high-wire act that balances hard truth and hard-won tenderness. Most movies fade from the memory. This one sticks.

Here's the complete 3.5 star (out of 4) review



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