The NYT’s A.O. Scott enthusiastically endorses the movie Little Children, based upon the book that I hated by Tom Perrotta. His review includes such “truisms” as:
For the playground really is a scene of primordial brutality, in which a few agreed-upon rules — play nice, share your toys, no hitting — barely suppress the essential savagery of the human species. and It can be observed that the chorus of viciously competitive moms, who reappear now and then throughout the movie to pass judgment and enforce social norms, amounts to a caricature, tinged with snobbery and misogyny.
Govern yourself accordingly.
Yet, everyone is in agreement that the movie version of All The King’s Men (a book I loved) sucks royally (heh, a pun!). It was rated lower by the local rag than Jackass 2. Ouch. No justice in this world.
What the two movies have in common, and I think is too cool, is that both feature Jackie Earl Haley. You may remember JEH as Kelly in The Bad News Bears. I’ll always remember him as Moocher in the greatest film of all time, Breaking Away (which starred Dennis Quaid and the dad from 16 Candles). Don’t take my word for it, the NYT includes the movie in its list of the top 1000 movies of all time (see the original trailer).