Life is not quite what it seems in this haunting and sensual masterwork from writer/director Todd Field. Kate Winslet and Jackie Earle Haley star along with Jennifer Connelly and Patrick Wilson in this "beautiful, provocative and compelling" adult drama. Base don the novel by Tom Perrotta, this film explores how the lives of seemingly perfect families can unravel in the wake of an adulterous affair.
- Little Children review by Kurtz
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I liked this film although it was only partially successful in merging the two distinct storylines. Whilst the camera lingers predictably on the Winslet/Wilson affair, the more compelling story is that of the community's treatment of Jackie Earle Haley's sex offender, who is living with his doting mother having served his prison sentence.
Todd Solondz did a much more satisfying hatchet job on the lives and mores of the same middle-class America in "Happiness", and "Little Children", though entertaining enough in its own right, suffers by comparison with that work of genius as it purports to say the same things but ultimately lacks the courage of its convictions.