• Little Children (2006)

Little Children

Release Date: October 6th, 2006

DVD Release Date: May 1st, 2007

R |2 hr 10 min

Plot Summary

Sarah (Kate Winslet) is a well-educated woman who cannot come to terms with her life as a housewife and mother. Brad (Patrick Wilson), a stay-at-home dad, is married to a beautiful filmmaker (Jennifer Connelly) and goes skateboarding instead of studying for the bar exam. The pair meet at a playground and soon begin having secret trysts while their children nap and their spouses are at work.

Cast: Kate Winslet, Jennifer Connelly, Patrick Wilson, Jackie Earle Haley, Noah Emmerich, Gregg Edelman, Phyllis Somerville, Raymond J. Barry

Director: Todd Field

Genres: Drama

Production Co: New Line Cinema, Standard Film Company Inc., Bona Fide Productions

Keywords: Dark, Fall, Gripping, Hospital, Mother, Love, Death, 2000s, Marriage

Ratings & Reviews

  • 50
    Joe MorgensternWall Street Journal

    Mr. Field is a filmmaker with an exceptional gift for directing actors -- he's an actor himself -- and an eye for telling detail. (His cinematographer here, as in the previous film, is Antonio Calvache, and again the images are quietly sumptuous.) Yet I was put off by Little Children's satiric tone.

  • 75
    Carrie RickeyPhiladelphia Inquirer

    During its two hours-plus running time, Field's movie veers from dark comedy to melodrama, not always gracefully. But tonal inconsistencies don't blunt the keenness of its satire, so sharp that I walked out with emotional razor burn. show more

  • 90
    The Hollywood Reporter

    Providing richness of detail and metaphor, elegantly blueprinted themes and impressive mastery of a constantly shifting tone, Little Children does just that. It is a deeply satisfying film. show more

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Nominated Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated Best Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Best Performance By an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
Nominated Writing (Adapted Screenplay)
Nominated Actress in a Leading Role
British Academy of Film & Television Arts (2007)
Nominated Best Screenplay - Motion Picture
Nominated Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Screen Actors Guild Awards (2007)