Gayle on Film: 'Little' 03:04
Every so often, there comes a young actor with talent oozing out of their pores more than pimples or teen angst. In this instance, it's Marsai Martin in the titular role of "Little." Though we've seen the story before: a wretched person encounters a witch/ghost/person with magical powers and they are transformed into someone else or their younger selves to get an attitude adjustment. In this case, big Jordan (Regina Hall) is a CEO who gets her mean on more than she can lean in. Her beleaguered assistant (Issa Rae) is on call to all her whims, earning little respect and lots of temper from the boss. One wish later, and little Jordan (Marsai Martin) wakes up back in her early teens body — awkwardness and all. She also has to go back to school. Martin's comic timing, attitude and ability just makes "Little" an overall delight to behold. Is the film perfect? No. A scene of her laying down the plastic and having a ladies' lunch was nearly out of place. But Rae and Martin even redeem that sequence with some serious comic skills and a script that tends toward solid, well-earned laughs.