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Giant Little Ones

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Canada

2019

Rated R • 1h 33m

Director Keith Behrman

Starring Josh Wiggins, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, Kyle MacLachlan

Genre Drama

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Best friends Franky and Ballas are high school superstars; they are handsome, they have girlfriends, and they are two of the best swimmers on the high school team. Yet, on the night of Franky's birthday party, an unexpected incident changes their lives forever.

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70

Film Threat by Alex Saveliev

Behrman sidesteps overt sentimentality, captures some heartrending moments and most importantly, doesn’t resolve everything with a neat “happily ever after” conclusion. The lasting impression Giant Little Ones casts may not be “giant” – but it’s certainly not “little” either.
80

The Hollywood Reporter by Boyd van Hoeij

This is a confidently shot and beautifully acted story that manages to transcend quite a few — if clearly not all — of the coming-of-age genre’s cliches by delving into how the Millennial generation experiences sexuality, ostracism and growing up and how they try to relate to their parents and peers.
83

The Film Stage by Jared Mobarak

Writer/director Keith Behrman knows exactly what he’s doing when introducing a variety of people along the sexuality spectrum in his latest film Giant Little Ones. He’s intentionally flooding his canvas so that we have no choice but to accept them all rather than turn our focus onto just one.
50

New York Post by Johnny Oleksinski

Both boys are good, and Kyle MacLachlan gives a tender turn as Franky’s gay dad. But the sheer amount of issues shoved in here is overpowering.
75

Observer by Rex Reed

Sensitive performances, mature and self-assured direction, and understated writing make Keith Behrman’s Giant Little Ones an emotionally involving, above-average coming-of-age story with a profound impact and mercifully few clichés.
75

Movie Nation by Roger Moore

It’s all a bit on-the-nose, but writer-director Keith Behrman keeps it topical and touching, even if he never quite transcends prioritizing that topicality.
70

The New York Times by Teo Bugbee

Where many coming-of-age films build their stories around the discovery of a fixed selfhood, “Giant Little Ones” succeeds when it chooses to treat youthful identity as open to shift with accumulated experience.
70

Screen Daily by Tim Grierson

Though hardly radical, Giant Little Ones’ advocacy for empathy is warmly argued — perhaps encouraging you, in kind, to forgive this slight film’s shortcomings.

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