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Film / Little Man

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Little Man is a 2006 comedy film from the Wayans brothers. The plot revolves around a diminutive criminal named Calvin Sims. After a diamond heist goes wrong, Calvin is forced to pretend to be a baby in order to get into the house of Darryl and Vanessa Edwards, who unknowingly brought the diamond home in Vanessa's bag. As Calvin plays his way into the couple's life, Walken, the mafia boss he pulled the heist for, grows impatient.


The movie has the following tropes:

  • Abusive Parents: Darryl and Vanessa believe Calvin to be the victim of some, going by his tattoos and appendectomy scar.
  • Ass Shove: Calvin learns the hard way that babies have their temperature taken rectally.
  • Berserk Button: Calvin does not like having his height brought up.
  • Cassandra Truth: Vanessa's dad, Pops, discovers the truth about Calvin, but when he tries to tell her, she thinks he's gone senile.
  • Coincidental Broadcast: While at a diner, Pops catches a news report about the diamond heist, and sees a mug shot of Calvin.
  • Daddy's Girl: Vanessa. Made worse by the fact that her dad is paranoid and judgmental, and constantly belittles Darryl.
  • Dinky Drivers: Calvin gets in a car and drives it by using a toy bat to move the pedals.
  • Doorstop Baby: How Calvin manages to get in the Edwards household.
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  • Freudian Excuse: Calvin didn't have a family growing up, which explains his criminal ways and getting too used to being Darryl's friend.
  • Gag Penis: Darryl and Vanessa find out that Calvin has one during a diaper change.
  • Goo Goo Getup: The premise.
  • Groin Attack: Calvin is fond of this manoeuvre.
  • Heel–Face Turn: Calvin, after realising Darryl and Vanessa truly care for him.
  • Jerk Jock: Darryl's friend, Greg.
  • Non Sequitur, *Thud*: Calvin's partner, Percy, after getting smacked in the face with a trashcan lid.
    "Who's Mike Jones?"
  • Pint-Sized Powerhouse: Calvin can bring down normal-sized people with just one or two blows.
  • Rape as Comedy: Calvin rapes Vanessa, and it's played for laughs because she thought it was Darryl going for round two.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Greg is so much of a Jerk Jock that he has no problem manhandling his or other people's children, as shown in the football scene.
    • Also, the Big Bad threatens to harm Calvin, unaware that he's actually an adult.


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