Little Men. 2016. USA. Directed by Ira Sachs. Screenplay by Mauricio Zacharias, Ira Sachs. With Jennifer Ehle, Alfred Molina, Greg Kinnear. 85 min.
Jake is 12 years old, in seventh grade, pale and slender, likes to draw, and often seems to be a loner. When Jake’s parents, Brian and Kathy, a workaday actor and a psychotherapist, inherit Brian’s family house in Brooklyn, the family decides to leave their cramped Manhattan apartment and return to Brian’s childhood neighborhood. Jake befriends Tony, a 13-going-on-30-year-old, whose single mother Leonor, originally from Chile, runs a dress shop in the storefront below. The boys’ friendship develops around art, soccer, and video games, as their parents become increasingly engaged in a battle over rent and real estate. As the stakes rise, and Brian begins an eviction process for Leonor, the parents involve the boys by encouraging their separation. In protest, the boys jointly vow to give their parents the silent treatment.