One of my friends, for the lack of better word, miscommented on one of my posts. He was supposed to discuss the actor of “The Sorcerer’s Apprentice” but winded up on “Little Manhattan.” The latter film was starred by Josh Hutcherson, the actor who has a part on the upcoming “The Hunger Games”, and Charlie Ray, a talented actress who made the film her debut. After some deliberate searching, I came to like the plot and eventually prompted me to watch it.
“Little Manhattan” is a story of Gabe who falls in love with Rosemary Telesco when he attended a karate class. Despite of the “historical significance” that little boys should hate little girls, Gabe is confused in this new profound feeling. He doesn’t know what should he do or better yet how should he do it. Not to mention that he and Rosemary are below 12-year old, the two kids settles for a mediocre but sweet ride.
Given a love story during a pre-puberty stage, I say this story has something different. You don’t get the usual teenage film where the love is in conflict of peer pressure, fame or other teenage stuff. I like the film for it promotes an innocent love. A love that is not driven by lust, fame or any kind of feeling second-rate to love. A love that is entirely honorable. Is it romantic? Not really but it is thoroughly entertaining.
The whole story is intimately narrated by Gabe. One time we see his crumpled face, wrestling with his self if whether he should or should not say Hi to Rosemary.
Later, Gabe finds out that Rosemary Telesco is going for a 2 week summer camp and as Gabe would said, “Two weeks is a lifetime in a child’s world.” He is again pressured to profess his love when Rosemary admitted she is going for another school next year. As far as Gabe’s love is concerned, it would be now or never. As Gabe attempts to capture Rosemary, he ends up driving her away.
As once a boy myself, I come to see my stupid, abrupt and insecure thinking in Gabe. Perhaps, that is why I like the movie. I see my old self in Gabe. In some parts, I cringed because I feel guilty of doing them before.
This movie might be the one your boy needs. It is like a toddler’s guide to infatuated love. But even if you can or can’t relate to the puppy love, I’m sure you’re going to enjoy this funny and compelling story.