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About the Movie
It's the summer before 6th grade, and Clark (Armani Jackson) is the new-in-town biracial kid in a sea of white. Discovering that to be cool he needs to act 'more black,' he fumbles to meet expectations. Meanwhile, his urban intellectual parents Mack (Nelsan Ellis) and Gina (Melanie Lynskey) try to adjust to small-town living. Accustomed to life in New York, the tight-knit family is ill prepared for the drastically different set of obstacles that their new community presents. They soon find themselves struggling to understand themselves and each other in this new context.
Rotten Tomatoes Movie Reviews
- Reviews Counted: 18
- Fresh: 12
- Rotten: 6
- Average Rating: 5.2/10
Top Critics' Reviews
Fresh: Countless movies have examined what happens when a country mouse goes to the city; this one shows that leaving a gentrified urban oasis for a small-town world can be just as jolting.
Fresh: Even as some of the supporting players and subplots veer toward caricature, the family dynamics at the film's center remain entirely relatable.
Fresh: "Little Boxes" offers tame social commentary in a pleasant package.
Rotten: A tonally wishy-washy movie with conflicts that feel too constructed to ring true and humor that ranges from ineffectually low-key to forced.
A Nuanced Exploration of Interracial Relationships
This film does a wonderful job of exploring the unique challenges and conversations that occur in an interracial marriage. It's the first film of it's kind that has the level of depth and honesty that I personally have experienced in my own interracial relationship as an African American man with a Caucasian woman. The writer VERY much knows what she's talking about. The director has a great sensitivity to all 3 characters. I give it 4 out of 5, because I felt the plot wasn't always as dynamic as the relationship exploration. The bi-racial son as the most interesting plot storyline, which makes sense because the movie originally centered on him. The parents have a storyline that doesn't always pop or draw you in unless you're invested in the actors and their relationship. Thankfully the leads do a wonderful job, but even so the plot could use a bit of a punch up. Little Boxes is still a gem of a film in the areas where it shines.
Insightful, poignant and funny
A touching portrait of moving home and the adjustments and self interrogation that provokes. A penetrating eye for detail and the ability to make every moment powerful. Economy of plot and a delicate and warm sense of humour.