After repeated exposure to a cropped version of the above image during my subways waiting periods, the inevitable question arose: “What is Little Man about?” A visit to the official website would easily enough clear everything up, but I prefer to try to extrapolate from the poster.
What do we have to go on? A slightly befuddled Shawn Wayans, full-sized, carries Marlon Wayans, infant-proportioned, but with the face of a thirtysomething man, in one of those Park-Slope-dad-style slings. Further confusing matters: Marlon’s forearm prominently bears (if memory serves, I can’t make it out in this image) a USMC tattoo, and his baby bottle is wrapped in a brown paper bag, which generally implies a concealed alcoholic beverage.
So. What is Little Man about? I have the following theories:
A) Shawn and Marlon are top secret government agents, sent deep undercover to blow open some sort of drug smuggling ring/ money laundering ring/ terrorist sleeper cell/ child pornography production studio who’re using a day care center as their front. In order to “get a man inside,” new, space-age technology is employed to shrink regular-size Marlon into the pint-sized Marlon seen in the poster image. Shawn poses as his dad; a speedboat chase can hardly fail to ensue, as well as at least one scene of mortifying sexual grotesquerie.
B) Same as above on the government agents/ day care thing, except Shawn is a super-genius computer hacker born without a lower half. Through elaborate costuming and prosthetic puppetry, he is affixed, backpack-style, to a tough-as-nails ex-marine, played by Marlon; together, they form some kind of crazy-efficient Master-Blaster mega-agent. Ditto on the speedboat and sexual grotesquerie.
C) Marlon is just like a midget or something. LOLs aplenty there.
What’s your guess? The best answer wins a date with a Reverse Shot staffer, followed by a screening of Little Man, cocktails at Jackie’s Fifth Amendment, and sex (optional). Go to!