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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 (Marlon Wayons) and his accomplice Percy (Tracy Morgan). After a diamond heist goes wrong, Calvin is forced to ditch the diamond in a nearby woman's purse. They follow the couple home and discover wannabe dad Darryl Edwards (Shawn Wayans) and his overworked wife Vanessa. Calvin and Percy hatch a plot to pass Calvin off as a baby left on the couple's doorstep in order to retrieve the diamond. As Calvin plays his way into the couple's life, Walken (Chazz Palminteri), 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: Played with. Calvin has sex with Vanessa in the dark, and it's played for laughs because she thought it was Darryl going for round two. Weirdly enough, Calvin still ends up takes a platonic liking to her as a maternal figure.
  • 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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