Little Man Tate (1991)

PG   |    |  Drama

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Fred Tate is a prodigy. He's also a lonely little boy with the emotional needs that his single mom covers. Worries about world problems gives him ulcer. He takes a quantum physics summer college class at 7.




  • Adam Hann-Byrd in Little Man Tate (1991)
  • Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate (1991)
  • Harry Connick Jr. and Adam Hann-Byrd in Little Man Tate (1991)
  • Jodie Foster and Dianne Wiest in Little Man Tate (1991)
  • David Hyde Pierce and Dianne Wiest in Little Man Tate (1991)
  • Adam Hann-Byrd in Little Man Tate (1991)

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20 October 2002 | TheFuriousCynic
The film isn't great by any stretch of the imagination, but it's lovingly realized and this gives it a bit more clout than the typical after-school special on smart and lonely children. Typical little genius boy story, all he needs is love blah blah blah...

Weist, Foster, and Adam Hann-Byrd all give excellent performances despite the often hackneyed material. Foster's directorial debut is strikingly minimalist, and beautiful at times.

Most of the film is a throwaway. Several moments stick out as absolutely wonderful, but it's not really worth it in the end. A good one to rent if you're up for an evening of "life's lessons" movies, but steer clear otherwise.

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