Karma is a bitch they say. Body swap comedies have been done…and done again. Both have been common features in film. There are not many new ideas coming out of Hollywood. The most powerful city in film seems to be suffering from a well being dry. Sad as there are plenty of great films being made other places, but Hollywood ones are what the film going public gets to see. Hope must be waning…
Hope comes in the form of youth and the generations to come. It is an emotion we rely on. It is raised when a bright shining star of the future in the form of Marsai Martin (from television’s Black-ish) then subsequently crushed ever so slightly when drivel is the result.
Little is a film which suffers not from the investment and talent of the cast. Martin along with Issa Rae and Regina Hall are all in, turning in good performances. They all jump right into their characters. Especially Hall, who is asked the play the bitchy boss who sees the light, and Martin, playing a role perfectly suited to her precocious nature. The problem here is the script; its tired nature.
After being picked on in school as a child, the whip smart Jordan Sanders makes up her mind to never be weak again. Instead of being bullied, she becomes the ultimate bully. Jordan (Regina Hall – Girls Trip, Scary Movie) brings that attitude into her work life. She is the CEO of a successful tech company located in Atlanta, which she rules with an iron fist. Successful – yes. Admired – yes. But liked by her employees – no. Jordan rules by fear especially over her personal assistant, April (Issa Rae – from television’s Insecure).
Karma bites her in the butt when Jordan is mean to a young girl performing magic tricks. Hurt, the young magician wishes that Jordan becomes little. That comes true when Jordan wakes up the next morning in the body of a 13-year-old (Marsai Martin). Bad timing as Jordan has a big presentation to her largest client in a couple of days.
Things are made even more tricky when 13-year-old Jordan is forced to enroll in a local public middle school. This leaves April with the task of making the big presentation. And trying to locate the young magician in order to get her to change Jordan back.
This film was Marsai Martin’s idea. Amazing that a person so young would resort to recycling such an often used idea. Don’t write her off yet though. We have all made mistakes and she is only 14-years-old. Bright, already been recognized by her peers and intent on success. A bright future is ahead this is just a learning step on her way through her career.
Definitely aimed at a female audience, which is not necessarily a bad thing. What is bad is how lame the attempts at comedy are. Sound the death knell. Fatal for a comedy when jokes fall flat. The security net gone leaving not much else for viewers to cling to.
-More Than a Little Talent
-Regina Goes Method
-Marsai Martin Presents…
-Black Momma Whuppin’ Situation
-Issa Rae’s Assistant Survival Guide
-Feature Commentary with Co-Writer/Director Tina Gordon