Two popular teen boys, best friends since childhood, discover their lives, families, and girlfriends dramatically upended after an unexpected incident occurs on the night of a 17th birthday party.
The recent multiple-Oscar-winner, Luca Guadagnino’s Call Me By Your Name, along with Greg Berlanti’s teen dramedy Love, Simon, are both coming-of-age/coming out stories about young men discovering their sexuality, and themselves. While Guadagnino was more poetic, painting broad, resonant strokes on a large canvas, Berlanti reigned in his artistic impulses, focusing on telling a succinct story with a specific audience (young adults) in mind. Writer/director Keith Behrman’s new dramedy, Giant Little Ones, leans more towards the latter approach, viewing the stark prejudice that still reigns supreme, despite all the #MeToos and #Time’sUps.
In fact, Behrman examines the very roots of such prejudice, suggesting it’s spawned in high school cesspools of discrimination and exclusion. He touches upon parenting methods, implying that intolerance may be deeply embedded by your folks. Yet the focal – and most touching – point of the film is its lead performance by Josh Wiggins, buoying the proceedings with his warm and realistic portrayal.
“…he and his buddy end up entangled in each other’s arms on the night of Franky’s 17th birthday.”