"Little"

Jordan Sanders is a powerful, revered and feared technology mogul. Her nasty attitude turns off everyone. By the wish of a young budding and persistently practicing magician, Jordan returns to her dreaded middle school where she was teased relentlessly, became guarded and learned to build success.

Regina Hall is fantastic as Jordan. She delivers hell through humor. Issa Rae is wonderful as April, an ambitious yet timid assistant to Jordan. Marsai Martin is delightful as Jordan in middle school. Issa and Marsai met each other incredibly in their scenes. I enjoyed watching older Jordan work through younger Jordan. Tone Bell, Mikey Day, Justin Hartley, Caleb Emery and Luke James form a strong supporting cast. JD McCrary, Thalia Tran and Tucker Meek light up the screen as Jordan’s friends when she returns to middle school.

Director Tina Gordon gave the scope of each scene. I saw the city of Atlanta as a character instead of a location. Jordan lives in a breathtaking condo overlooking the city. Marsai pitched the story at ten years old. Co-writers Gordon and Tracy Oliver showed the beauty of black women and girls onscreen in flaws and fruition. It felt so good to laugh. The jokes are universally funny. There were not many shenanigans distracting the story. The drama moves well in the course of the film. Costume Designer Danielle Hollowell created stellar and unique outfits for the characters. I need the “Black People Read” jacket April wears. I hope the Homegirl system becomes a reality. Producer Will Packer once again delivers a fun film with a powerful reminder of life with an inclusive perspective.