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[[caption-width-right:342:Small love in a big city, in the eyes of children.]]
Little Manhattan is a 2005 romantic comedy film directed and written by husband and wife Mark Levin and Jennifer Flackett. The movie depicts the story of ten-year-old Gabe's realization that girls can be pretty and pretty nice to be with. The story takes place, and was filmed on location, in Manhattan, mostly in the Upper West Side. The film stars Josh Hutcherson and Charlie Ray in the leading roles of the two children.

10-year-old Gabe (Creator/JoshHutcherson) meets 11-year-old Rosemary Telesco (Charlie Ray), a girl he's known since kindergarten. But after being partnered with her for sparring, he suddenly notices her as a girl, not another face. To Gabe's elation, they begin spending time together and he is completely enamored with not only her, but her life.

!!This movie contains examples of:

* ActionGirl: Rosemary, to a degree, due to training in martial arts class alongside Gabe.
* AdultFear: [[TruthInTelevision Perfectly shown]] after the subversion of FreeRangeChildren.
* AnAesop: The key to a successful relationship is being honest about your problems rather than holding secrets from each other.
* AsHimself: Mike Chat, the host of the ShowWithinTheShow.
* AwkwardFatherSonBondingActivity: Averted. Gabe and his father spend time together by practicing his placekicking. Narrator!Gabe compares their relationship to [[TigerWoods Tiger and Earl.]]
* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Gabe's karate sensei.
* BetaCouple: Inverted. Gabe and Rosemary start to get going right as Gabe's parents are right on the brink of divorce.
* BigApplesauce: Manhattan.
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Rosemary goes off to camp and private school, but it's implied that Gabe's parents rediscover their 'spark' and his family stays happy and whole.]]
* BlackDudeDiesFirst: Well, Gabe's black friend is the only one who gets "kooties infection", so yeah.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: The Disney Channel airing of the movie in the US cuts off most of the bad words (and one barber scene), including the [[PrecisionFStrike Precision H Strike]] mentioned below.
* [[BullyingTheDragon Bullying A Pair Of Dragons:]] A schoolyard bully accosts Gabe and Rosemary while they are together. Seeing as one of the several subplots in the movie has Gabe and Rosemary attempting to ascend the ranks of their karate school...this didn't work out too well for the bully.
* CelebrityResemblance:
** According to Gabe, his mom looks like (a young) Creator/SissySpacek when she was young.
** Gabe calls Tim Staples "Creator/AshtonKutcher".
* CoolTeacher: Gabe's karate sensei. Also Mike Chat in his ImagineSpot.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Gabe, tough it's mostly played for laughs.
* DeadpanSnarker: Narrator!Gabe has some shades of this.
* [[spoiler:DidNotGetTheGirl: Rosemary feels she's too young for a relationship and turns Gabe down. However, she acquiesces to dancing with him.]]
* EpicFail: Gabe breaks his hand trying to punch through a wood block at one point in the film.
* ExiledToTheCouch: Gabe's dad.
* FirstPersonSmartass: Narrator!Gabe.
* ForeignFanservice: The Swedish girl whom the elevator guy has a crush on.
* FreeRangeChildren: Subverted. Gabe has a nine-block radius that he's allowed to roam unsupervised, which is still quite a lot for a ten-year-old kid living in the middle of New York City. He gets into terrible trouble for going outside of this zone and consequently taking so long to come back home that his mother calls the cops.
* GenderBlenderName: Rosemary's actress, [[GenderBlenderName ''Charlie'']] Ray.
** [[OnlyKnownByTheirNickname Her name is]] Charlotte.
* GrayRainOfDepression: It is heavily raining the day [[spoiler: after Gabe and Rosemary's fallout.]]
* GroinAttack: Against Darryl Kitzens.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Rosemary and Gabe's mom are both redheads, so ItRunsInTheFamily.
* HowWeGotHere: Gabe explains in the prologue explains what happened between him and rosemary.
* ImagineSpot: Lots.
** First-grade boys shooting vomit as a result of cooties is especially laugh-worthy.
** Gabe imagining him and Rosemary doing a lot of "ChickFlick stuff".
** Gabe confronting his "love rival" ''Film/TheKarateKid'' style.
** Gabe constantly sees Mike Chat as his SpiritAdvisor.
* InformedAttractiveness: According to Gabe, his mom looks like (a young) Creator/SissySpacek when she was young. While she was ( and still is) pretty, they barely look alike aside from being a redhead.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Gabe and the elevator guy.
* JustFriends: What they were in the beginning, [[spoiler:and ended as such.]]
* LikeFatherLikeSon: Both of them fall to [[HeroesWantRedheads redheads]].
* LoveHurts: Even with children.
* MoodWhiplash: Gabe gives fair warning, but it's still jarring to go from his parents' days of young love to their divorce-pending present.
* MrFanservice: Mike Chat is constantly in a WalkingShirtlessScene.
* MurderTheHypotenuse: Played for laughs in one of Gabe's ImagineSpot.
* ParentalSubstitute: Rosemary has one in a nanny assigned to take care of her while her parents are out of town (which is fairly often).
* ParentWithNewParamour: Gabe's mom starts dating again after her divorce with his dad, much to his disdain.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Rosemary's flower girl dress.
* ThePlace: Three guesses where the event of the movie takes place.
* [[PrecisionFStrike Precision H Strike:]] In one of the ending sequences of the movie, Gabe responds to Rosemary's invitation to dance with an almost alarmingly casual, "Sure. What the hell?"
* PuppyLove: TheMovie.
* RealSongThemeTune: The movie's opening, ''Only The Strongest Survive'' by ElvisPresley.
* RecycledInSpace: Essentially, it's a romantic comedy (and is called so on the back of the DVD cover)...with the main characters roughly half the age they would be normally.
* TheRival: Tim Staples for Gabe.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Doubly subverted. She is ''not'' "all grown up", per se - that's [[PuppyLove the whole point of the film]] - but there is still an element of the two having been acquaintances and friends since very early childhood and the romantic feelings starting to manifest after the passage of some time.
* ShoutOut:
** Gabe calls Darryl the "[[Film/ThePhantomMenace Darth Maul]]" of PS-87.
** Gabe did [[Film/TheKarateKid the crane stance]] in one of his ImagineSpot.
* ShowWithinAShow: Mike Chat's TV show where Gabe pics up a few karate, or so he thinks(?).
* [[spoiler:TemporaryDivorce: Hinted at with Gabe's parents.]]
* TonightSomeoneKisses: A literal one, by Gabe. [[spoiler:It only makes things worse.]]
* TrueBlueFemininity: Rosemary's dress during their date. [[spoiler: The same date where he kisses her.]]
* TruthInTelevision: To a degree. While the seeds of a ''sex drive'' [[{{Squick}} (hopefully)]] don't manifest until adolescence, it's not unheard of for kids - American kids in particular - to have curiosity about the opposite sex during their pre-adolescent years.
* VictoriousChildhoodFriend: Zigzagged with Rosemary and Gabe. Both were good friends when they were younger but drifted apart only to later wind up as as couple, kinda, [[spoiler: then become just friends again.]]
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