When Greg Kinnear is not making goofy, self-deprecating guest appearances on “BoJack Horseman,” he’s also starring in indie dramas about New York City, young friendships, and family turmoil, like Ira Sach’s new film “Little Men.”
The movie follows 13-year-old Jake Jardine (Theo Taplitz), an aspiring artist living in Manhattan with his struggling actor father Brian (Kinnear) and psychotherapist mother Kathy (Jennifer Ehle). When Jake’s grandfather dies, the family moves back into his Brooklyn home where Jake quickly befriends Tony (Michael Barbieri), the son of Chilean dressmaker and single mother Leonor (Paulina Garcia) who owns a shop in the building. Though the kids become close friends, the adults are at each other’s throats when Brian and Kathy ask Leonor to sign a steeper lease on the store, an untenable choice that she refuses to make. While Jake and Tony try to avoid their parent’s squabbles, they’re soon drawn in to more adult concerns. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.
Sachs previously directed the acclaimed films “Love Is Strange,” about a married gay couple who struggle with a housing issue, and “Keep the Lights On,” about a Danish filmmaker who enters in a complicated relationship with a drug-addicted publishing lawyer. Meanwhile, Greg Kinnear was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in “As Good as It Gets,” and has received acclaim for his work in “You’ve Got Mail,” “Fast Food Nation,” and “Little Miss Sunshine.”
“Little Men” will be released in theaters on August 5th from Magnolia Pictures.