Little Children is a 2006 American drama film directed by Todd Field. It is based on the novel of the same name by Tom Perrotta, who along with Field wrote the screenplay. It stars KateWinslet, Patrick Wilson, Creator/JenniferConnelly, JackieEarleHaley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville and Will Lyman. The original music score is composed by Thomas Newman.
It earned 3 nominations at the 79th Academy Awards: Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for Haley, Academy Award for Best Actress for Winslet and Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Field and Perrotta.
The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations.
!! Tropes included:
* TheAtoner: Larry, for [[spoiler:shooting a kid by accident.]]
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Sarah walks in on Richard doing this. Later, [[spoiler:Ronnie does this on his date.]]
* DeadpanSnarker: Sarah, mostly.
* DysfunctionJunction: Everybody has their own problems and secret motivations.
** Sarah is stagnating in a loveless marriage and has difficulties connecting to her own daughter.
** Brad is miserable in a sexless marriage and desires to recapture his youth.
** Ronald is a sex offender struggling with his urges whilst being harassed and vilified by the neighborhood.
** Larry is trying to make up for a mistake in his past by obsessing on a clear-cut 'villain'.
** Mae is devoting all her time to her son and trying to keep a lease on him.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: Ronald James [=McGorvey=], who loves his mother and whose mother loves him.
* FakeAmerican: KateWinslet as Sarah.
* GoryDiscretionShot: When [[spoiler:Ronnie castrates himself.]]
* SexlessMarriage: Brad and Kathy, Sarah and Richard.
* SpiritualSuccessor: To ''Film/AmericanBeauty''.
* StepfordSmiler: Many of the characters, to hide their own misery.
* StepfordSuburbia: The film's setting.
* WallBangHer: Brad and Sarah.
* YourCheatingHeart: A main focus of the movie.