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Little is a fantasy comedy film starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, and Marsai Martin. It was co-written and directed by Tina Golden.

Jordan Sanders (Hall) is a rich and powerful tech mogul who makes life hell for those working for her, most notably her eternally beleaguered assistant April (Rae). Just as the pressures of adulthood are becoming too much to bear, Jordan offends a little girl who wishes that she herself was little again. And the next morning, Jordan wakes up in the body of her thirteen-year-old self (Martin). Now Jordan has to seek April's help in learning how to reverse the curse while getting a chance to re-live her preteen years.

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Little provides examples of:

  • Adorably Precocious Child: The magician girl.
  • Adorkable:
    • Jordan is implied to be this offscreen by her boyfriend. Her boyfriend even admitted that he watches her act like a goofball when Jordan thinks he’s not looking. She does play this straight when she's magically aged into a child and she participates in the talent show.
    • April acts like this around her crush.
    • Jordan's geeky friends she makes at her old middle school is this.
  • Bad Boss: Jordan is incredibly nasty to all of her workers.
  • An Aesop: A few:
    • Be Yourself. Be the best person you can be.
    • Stay true to who you really are.
    • Don't pass on what was done to you.
    • Not everybody is out to get/hurt you.
    • Stand up for yourself.
  • Alpha Bitch: Jasmine is this towards Jordan and some of the other kids.
  • Beleaguered Assistant: Poor April feels like this towards Jordan.
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  • Berserk Button: Leaving food with lots of carbs around the company building is a good way to piss off Jordan. However, she makes a rare exception at the near end of the movie when she gives food loaded with carbs to her employees.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: At the near end of the film, April has had it with Jordan's jerkass attitude and stands up to her. She even quits her job.
  • Be Yourself: A moral of this film.
  • Blatant Lies: When Jordan asks April if she’s being unreasonable, April mouths “yes, bitch!” then she proceeds to say “no.”
  • Bratty Half-Pint: Even after being turned into a kid, Jordan still acts like a mouthy, spoiled brat to everyone. April even spanks her because of her attitude.
  • Break the Haughty: Jordan is set to receive this when she is magically transformed to a 13 year old child.
  • The Bully:
    • Jordan is this towards everyone around her.
    • Some of the kids at Jordan's middle school can be this to the latter.
  • Comically Missing the Point: April tells kid Jordan to do something different as a teenager. Jordan responds by saying “botox.”
  • Cool Car: Jordan can be seen driving one in the trailer.
  • Deconstruction: This film deconstructs the following tropes.
    • The Kids Are Cruel trope. Since Jordan was always bullied and never fit in growing up, this did a number on her self-esteem and she grew up to be a nasty bully herself. This later becomes reconstructed when Jordan learns to be her true self and she becomes a lot kinder at the end of the film.
    • The Beleaguered Assistant trope. April had taken a lot of crap from Jordan as an assistant. Jordan never once gave her credit even when April was doing her job correctly. At the near end of the film, April gets fed up and lets Jordan know how she and her coworkers really feel about her and April even quits her job out of anger. This becomes reconstructed when April does get re-hired by Jordan and Jordan becomes a much better boss towards her.
  • Disproportionate Retribution: Jordan yells and acts incredibly nasty towards her employees over menial infractions, such as leaving carb-loaded food over her meeting rooms. She even assaults one of her employees by knocking on her head as if she was a door.
  • The Dog Bites Back: Jordan (as a child) tries to push the same boy she pushed as an adult, only for him to push her back, causing her to fall on the floor.
  • The Dreaded: All the workers panic in fear whenever they hear that Jordan is approaching. When Jordan would enter meeting rooms, people would just get up and leave.
  • Drives Like Crazy: Jordan does this intentionally with her vehicle, inconveniencing other drivers.
  • Dude, Where's My Respect?: April mentions that she didn’t feel she didn’t get the recognition she felt she deserved for being Jordan’s assistant. Jordan makes up for this by promoting April at the end of the movie.
  • Earn Your Happy Ending: Jordan is transformed back into an adult and she becomes a lot nicer to everyone.
  • Expy: “HomeGirl” is an obvious parody of Alexa.
  • Extreme Doormat: April is afraid of standing up to her jerkass boss. She does stand up to Jordan in the climax when she's already transformed into a child.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Even the bald male swoons over Mr. Marshal.
  • Freudian Excuse: The reason why Jordan is an obnoxious bitch to others is because she still has issues from being bullied in middle school.
  • Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: This movie makes it clear that while Jordan has a sympathetic background, it's no excuse for how awful she was to her employees. April even eventually calls her out on how awful she is to everyone.
  • Friendless Background: Jordan doesn’t have any friends. It wasn’t her fault in middle school, but it’s her own doing as an adult.
  • From Nobody to Nightmare: Jordan Saunders went from a bullied middle school girl to a hateful bullying boss.
  • Groin Attack: The poor boy accidentally gets hit in the groin during an audition for the middle school talent show.
  • Hot Teacher: Mr. Marshall, the middle school teacher who Jordan hit on.
  • Insufferable Genius: Jordan is intelligent, but she comes off as an arrogant bitch.
  • It's All About Me: Jordan has this issue about thinking too much about herself. April calls her out on it.
  • Jerkass:
    • Jordan is arrogant, loud, bossy, obnoxious, unnecessarily rude, and treats her assistant and employees like crap.
    • The kids at Jordan’s old middle school can be this, but Jasmine stands out the most.
  • Jerkass to One:
    • Inverted. Jordan is a dick to everyone, but acts so nice to her boyfriend.
    • The kids at Windsor Middle School can be this, but they are the nastiest to Jordan.
  • Jerk to Nice Girl Plot: The whole purpose of this movie.
  • Karma Houdini: The Alpha Bitch cheerleader who bullied Jordan doesn't receive any type of comeuppance for her actions.
  • Kids Are Cruel: The kids at Jordan's old middle school taunt Jordan endlessly.
  • Kick the Dog: Jordan tells the magician girl that there’s no such thing in magic.
  • Laser-Guided Karma: By being transformed into a child, Jordan can no longer treat her employees and assistant like crap and gets a taste of her own medicine.
  • Mean Boss: Jordan towards her employees and assistant.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Jordan's boyfriend has a few shirtless scenes. Even his genitals were exposed in one scene, but it was censored.
  • Mugging the Monster: Jordan does this to a little girl who ends up wishing Jordan was little again.
  • Nice Girl: April is sweet and friendly towards everyone she talks to.
  • Precocious Crush: Downplayed and subverted. Jordan develops this for Mr. Marshall, her middle school teacher, but she has the mentality of an adult. Furthermore Mr. Marshall is appropriately freaked out by a little girl hitting on him.
  • Rage Breaking Point: April had tolerated Jordan until the climax of the film in which April was accused of trying to take Jordan's place. April then understandably lashes out at Jordan, unleashes a "Reason You Suck" Speech towards Jordan, and quits her job.
  • Rage Quit: April understandably quits her job when she and Jordan get into a heated argument over the latter's bad attitude.
  • Reality Ensues:
    • As a child, Jordan tries to boss her employees around, but nobody takes her seriously due to her age.
    • When April is seen spanking Jordan (as a child), the policeman attempts to page the other police for help. Subverted as the others don't show up.
    • Child Protective Services knocks on Jordan's door and tells April that if Jordan isn't enrolled in school, somebody will go to jail.
    • When Jordan tries to convince April that she (as a kid) is in fact her, April doesn’t believe her. April even wants to call the police.
    • Jordan forgot how it was like to be a child when she was magically aged into a child, so it makes sense that she would still do adult like behavior in a teenage girl’s body.
    • Since Jordan was bullied as a child, she grew up to have serious self-esteem issues, a serious inferiority complex, and constantly thinking that everybody is out to get her. This is sadly Truth in Television for many bullying victims.
    • It makes sense that Jordan wasn't willing to return to her old middle school when she was transformed into a child...she was traumatized by the bullying she went through!
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In the climax of the film, April gets fed up with Jordan's jerkass attitude and allows the latter to know how everyone feels about her.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Jordan is definitely the red to April's blue oni. Jordan is abrasive, rude, and bossy while April is calm, reasonable, and polite to everyone.
  • Shout-Out: When Jordan yells “you get a doughnut!”, it was a shoutout of the iconic scene in Oprah.
  • Sour Outside, Sad Inside: Jordan is revealed to be like this.
  • Snarky Inanimate Object: HomeGirl, the hair model expy of “Alexa” is this.
  • Spiritual Successor: To Big. It's basically the reverse. Instead of a kid stumbling his way through an adult's world, it's an adult stumbling her way through a child's.
  • Spoiled Brat: Jordan acts like this towards everyone.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Jordan went from being an arrogant, jerkass boss to a nice woman after going through Laser-Guided Karma and discovering who she truly is.
  • Would Hit a Girl: The boy who Jordan pushed out the way as an adult retaliates by pushing Jordan back when the latter pushes him as a kid.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Jordan (as an adult) has no problems shoving a child out of her way.

Alternative Title(s): Little

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