Giant Little Ones

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Giant Little Ones from writer-director Keith Behrman, explores the age-old story of the trials and tribulations of figuring out who you are. Franky and Ballas are best friends since childhood. They’re also “high school royalty” — handsome, stars of the swim team and popular with girls.

On the night of Franky’s 17th birthday party, something happens between the two young men that sets off a tumultuous chain of events As one character in the trailer states: ‘You and Ballas did something that straight guys don’t normally do.’ What follows is a test of friendship and beyond.

Coming-of-age stories have been told time and time again, both with queer characters and (more often) without. There is a universality about them, speaking to both teen audiences and adults remembering their own days of youth. Last year alone gave us both Love, Simon and Alex Strangelove. Based on the trailer, Giant Little Ones seems to strike a different tone than either of those.

Variety called it: “Polished and lively, with just enough fresh angles to avoid feeling like a rote recycling of gay cinema tropes” and Jared Mobarak said in his review, “Writer/director Keith Behrman knows exactly what he’s doing when introducing a variety of people along the sexuality spectrum. 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.

There’s no room for token characters anymore, the real-life disparity between heterosexuals and homosexuals closing as each year passes. So Behrman looks to represent that change on the big screen by giving his lead a trans friend, a gay father, and a gay teammate on the swim team. He surrounds Franky with non-cisgender characters to love, resent, and accept each for different reasons that transcend compassion.”

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  1. I may be being a little obtuse, but the trailer doesn’t seem to do justice to the words written about the movie. Maybe that’s the way of trailers?

    1. I felt that too…
      But then not expecting much from the first second when noted the usual sanctimonious USA production garbage of casting 20+ somethings as teens.

      1. “usual sanctimonious USA production garbage of casting 20+ somethings as teens.”

        Unfortunately, that will remain the case as long as America (and the rest of the Western world) stay obsessed with “presumptive pedophilia” laced with extreme homophobia.

        1. Doesn’t happen much in U.K. or most of Europe – especially Scandinavia.
          U.K. television drama and some late teen comedy shows shocked me with the frankness of the story and content.

          Channel 4 ‘Skins’ was a classic. A huge late night following in U.K.
          (Forget which channel tried to adapt it for USA market but it lasted but two showings I think – LOL… Even with over age actors.)

          https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=ELGXbzT3hkXuc

          Maxxie – every girls’ dream
          https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=707pTkD9Igg

          Actually, in U.K. television after the 9pm watershed almost anything goes short of blatant porn.

      2. Most of the “teens” in the movie appear to have been played by actors between the ages of 20 and 21. Josh Wiggins only just turned 20, since shooting ended, and Carson MacCormac is probably younger than him, judging by his credits. The only actor playing a teen LONG after his own teenager years is Darren Mann. I’ve seen, we’ve all seen, much worse age discrepancies in shows about teenagers than this.

  2. Well, they ARE ‘young looking’ and damn good looking too. I’ll most probably go see it.

    Interesting (and clever) that a flare gun becomes their ‘modern-day smoke signal’ or “walkie-talkie”.

  3. Interesting youtube comment:

    “Hollywood had been dying to do movies with children having sex. And this movie just proves why kids should wait until they are old enough to know themselves before offering theirs body up for “fun”. This is nothing more than child exploitation . Teens are NOT going to watch this “adult pervs” will watch this….”

    And…

  4. Nice comments Penboy.
    I can’t stand the cliched over sentimentalised movies that Hollywood often makes, especially when they involved youngsters and teens.
    There are some awesome USA films like ‘Stand By Me’ , but I doubt this is one of them any more than ‘Dear Simon’ was last year.

    1. “There are some awesome USA films like ‘Stand By Me’ , but I doubt this is one of them any more than ‘Love, Simon’ [corrected] was last year.”

      [Spoiler alert if by now you haven’t seen it or the number of YouTube videos “reviewing” it.]

      Love, Simon was a perfect example of how “Hollywood/Disney” [actually, America] can be so fucking good at offering up propaganda against the very parts of societies they claim to “help.” Love, Simon is easily the most non-gay movie with a “gay” theme. Watching this critically, they expertly smoothed past their flaws just because they used the word “gay” in the script and attached it to a very handsome (up and coming) actor.

      And that’s sad — That Nick Robinson didn’t speak up even more — his own younger brother came out as gay during this production. And him being the older (and supposedly wiser and more experienced) should/would have had serious talks with him to find out just how the younger brother was hurting inside (they have a large family with 7 siblings).

      And during the [post-production, I’ll assume], to put those fake::character voice-overs reading those emails. They were using the most probable gay actor (besides the black one) as a voice-over showing a completely different actor “typing the email” — as just one example. And the ‘Blatin’ [actual gay] actor they “selected” to be “Blue” was completely wrong for the role of “Blue” — he is definitely attractive, but this movie was a clear purpose of hiring Latin/black[ish] actors and completely ignoring [if they were going to have an actual intra-racial boyfriend scenario] Asian actors (other than being the token extras).

      I’m not being “racist” either ….. as proof of what I’m saying, observe those final “kisses” [pecks, actually, faces carefully obscured for specific camera angles] at the end on the Ferris Wheel. Those couldn’t be any more “forced” if they had tried [to the tune of several thousands of dollars they were paid to be “kissed”] — just like the [4-second] peck of the “Jonnor” couple in the TV show The Fosters.

  5. Well technically Josh Wiggins was only 19 when this was filmed, 2.5 years more than the character he portrays if this was filmed last summer, but still quite a difference at this age. Darren Mann on the other hand, would be living off his pension if he was a dancer… ;)

    Yeah, I hate when directors use the wrong age too, I also hate that these guys are so hot, seems to contribute to local warming around me, but this looks like a decent movie, I’ll watch for it when it comes out on March 1st.

  6. I thought the trailer looked good, I like Josh Wiggins quite a bit, and I absolutely adore Maria Bello. And unlike “Love, Simon,” this doesn’t look like Hollywood catching up after the barn door was opened 10 or 20 years ago.

    1. “And unlike “Love, Simon,” this doesn’t look like Hollywood catching up after the barn door was opened 10 or 20 years ago.”

      Actually, that’s a nice way of putting it. Well said.

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