Though it sticks to its formula for maximum crowd-pleasing, director Tina Gordon’s Little is still an enjoyable sack of springtime silliness. The body-swapping comedy hits most of the right notes, delivering some obligatory life lessons (we learn about staying true to oneself for the umpteenth time) and a breakout star in Marsai Martin (more on her later).

The always-enjoyable Regina Hall plays Jordan Sanders, an Atlanta mogul who, as it’s bluntly established in the opening scenes, is the tech industry version of Miranda Priestley, instilling fear and anxiety in all of her employees. Her office arrival is practically cribbed from The Devil Wears Prada. Only here, her outrageously abusive behavior is played for broader laughs, and we’re treated to a 1993 flashback explaining why she’s turned into the stiletto-heeled bully who rips into her long-suffering assistant April (the always-watchable Issa Rae) at any chance she gets.

So when Jordan crosses the wrong little girl at work one day, she receives some mystical punishment, transforming into her 13-year-old self (Marsai Martin) overnight. This all happens, of course, right before she has to pitch a project to one of her biggest clients (SNL‘s Mikey Day, showing up as the hilarious personification of white male privilege). Suddenly and reluctantly, April becomes Jordan’s guardian, enrolling her in a local elementary school in order to get Child Protective Services off their backs, and searches for a way to reverse Jordan’s condition.

Returning to school as a 38-year-old trapped in a 13-year-old’s body sets the stage for some great moments, and the young Marsai Martin (black-ish) nails every nuance of her bossy adult counterpart, whether she’s inappropriately flirting with her hunky teacher (This is Us‘s Justin Hartley) or trying to help a group of social outcasts shine at a talent show.

And if you think the plot sounds like a reversed, gender-swapped version of Big, you’re right. Marsai has been quoted in the press saying the concept came to her after watching the 1988 Tom Hanks classic. After bringing the idea to Kenya Barris, the EP and creator of her ABC sitcom, she has become, at 14, the youngest person to have an executive producer credit on a major Hollywood production.

Not only that; the plucky star manages to carry most of Little on her small shoulders. A true sign of a true breakout.

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