How ‘Little’ Aims for Big Laughs | Anatomy of a Scene

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“Hi, I’m Tina Gordon. And I’m the co-writer and
director of “Little.’” “What?” “Child Protective Services.” “This scene is Agent Bea
arrives to Big Jordan’s apartment because a
suspicious child has been seen and reported
by Big Jordan’s neighbor. She has called Child
Protective Services, played by Rachel Dratch.” “Who’s in charge?” “Me.” “I have that a
Jordan Sanders is listed as the owner
of this apartment.” “Correct. Paid in full. Okurr!” “And this is the first
time little Jordan, played by Marsai Martin,
and her assistant, April, played by Issa
Rae, have to work together and sort of
co-conspire to cover up that Jordan Sanders has
turned into a child. The geography of
this is Agent Bea perusing through the
house in a power position now that little Jordan
would not be used to. And I used those
rotating chairs to have them inch into this,
two position, looking over at Agent Bea, who is in this
big, like, starship-type chair, compared to the tiny
chairs that they’re in.” “Got it. And your mother is where?” “She’s a crack head. Yeah, Jordan is a crack baby. It’s so sad. That’s why she’s so
hyper all the time.” “I use a lot of overs and
two-shots in this scene just to warm up the
idea that these two are in this comedic
situation together. The space between the
seats is on purpose because this is
new for them, and I wanted it to feel like
these two people are thrust into this lie together. But they’re both on the hot
seat in front of Agent Bea.” “That’s President
Barack Obama.” “Hmm, no, that’s my brother.” “I looked everywhere for
this picture of Barack Obama. There’s only certain pictures
you can use of the president. And he just looked perfect
with Bo the dog there.” “School? Girl, bye. I haven’t been to
school in, like, years.” “No, that’s not
what she meant. That’s not what
you meant, right?” “Oh, yeah, that’s
not what I meant. Joking.” “O.K.” “Rachel Dratch moving
in to make it clear, which I needed her to come
across as intimidating because big Jordan
is such a force that I needed Agent Bea
to come over and issue a real threat to
both of them.” “Say what now?” “Say what now is enroll this
child in school or somebody is going to jail. That’s what now, say what.” “By somebody, do you mean — “ “You. That would be you. Now, the school district which
Jordan would be assigned to would be, ah, Windsor
Middle School.” “Windsor?” “Mm-hmm.” “Oh, hell, no.” “Yes. Hell, yes.” “And the final threat
between the two of them.” “Today and I will — “ “Little Jordan stands
out of the chair — that was on purpose — to look eye to eye
with Rachel to try her last little attempt
at having the authority and power she does as an
adult. But she’s checked.” “O.K.?” “Let me be clear. I will have you in foster care
and your goofy aunt over here in jail if you don’t. Okurr?”


  1. This movie looks like garbage … Hollywood has lost it's ability to create anything meaningful. Sure, a few idiots will go see this movie and it may make a few bucks but, we all know this movie is basically trash and aimed at the dumbest people in America.

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