The lives of two lovelorn spouses from separate marriages, a registered sex offender, and a disgraced ex-police officer intersect as they struggle to resist their vulnerabilities and temptations in suburban Massachusetts.

Director:

Todd Field

Writers:

Todd Field (screenplay), Tom Perrotta (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews
Popularity
1,362 ( 290)
Nominated for 3 Oscars. Another 20 wins & 58 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Winslet ... Sarah Pierce
Jennifer Connelly ... Kathy Adamson
Patrick Wilson ... Brad Adamson
Jackie Earle Haley ... Ronnie J. McGorvey
Noah Emmerich ... Larry Hedges
Gregg Edelman ... Richard Pierce
Phyllis Somerville ... May McGorvey
Raymond J. Barry ... Bullhorn Bob
Jane Adams ... Sheila
Ty Simpkins ... Aaron Adamson
Sadie Goldstein ... Lucy Pierce
Helen Carey ... Jean
Sarah Buxton ... Slutty Kay
Mary B. McCann ... Mary Ann
Trini Alvarado ... Theresa
Edit

Storyline

Echoes of "Madame Bovary" in the American suburbs. Sarah's in a loveless marriage to an advertising executive, long days with her young daughter at the park and the pool, wanting more. Brad is an immature househusband, married to a flinty documentary filmmaker. Ronnie is just out of prison - two years for indecent exposure to a minor - living with his elderly mother, May; Larry is a retired cop, fixated on driving Ronnie away. Sarah and Brad connect, a respite of adult companionship at the pool. Ronnie and Larry have their demons. Brad should be studying for the bar; Larry misses his job; Ronnie's mom thinks he needs a girlfriend. Sarah longs to refuse to be trapped in an unhappy life. Where can these tangled paths lead? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong sexuality and nudity, language and some disturbing content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Because Will Lyman is credited in the initial set of credits, but not in the comprehensive set, the ordering of the first set is used first, and the rest are added from the comprehensive set. See more »

Goofs

On the sunglasses of the woman by the pool who declines her children a snack. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lucy Pierce: Want to take a walk with me?
See more »

Connections

Spoofed in American Dad!: The 42-Year-Old Virgin (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Battlefield Glory
Written by Tom Hedden
Performed by Tom Hedden
Courtesy of NFL Films
See more »

User Reviews

 
Jackie Earle Haley is outstanding!
21 October 2006 | by conlawSee all my reviews

Director Todd Field satirizes western society and exposes our fundamental flaw as a society. We are a country of self-righteous hypocrites who band together to crush evil wherever it may be found but overlook our own weaknesses.

The story on one level is exceedingly banal: it shifts from scene to scene exposing the triviality of day to day life. Yet there is that haunting sound of an approaching train. Are we witnessing a train wreck? The brilliant use of a narrator lulls us into the belief that this is just a children's story and nothing bad will happen. Yet our eyes are glued to the screen as we await the crash.

Jackie Earle Haley as Ronnie exposes everything that is wrong with our modern world and everything that is right about character acting. He gives a stand out performance definitely worthy of Oscar consideration. The character represents an unknown evil in our community, one that must be sought out and destroyed. His character at times is sympathetic, even lovable and other other times hideous and menacing.

But who is more detestable? Is it Ronnie or is it those infinitely boring (but beautiful) adulterers, Sarah (Kate Winslet) or Brad (Patrick Wilson)? Is it up to us to judge? If we do, are we not being like the suburban community that is the metaphor for our society? In that way, Director Todd Fields includes us in the movie whether we know it or not. This is a wonderful (train) ride that will keep us talking for days. It is one of this year's great movies.


211 of 289 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 343 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 2007 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Children See more »

Filming Locations:

Boothbay Harbor, Maine, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$26,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$97,953, 8 October 2006

Gross USA:

$5,463,019

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,821,658
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | SDDS | Dolby Digital

Color:

Color (DuArt)

Aspect Ratio:

2.39:1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed