Jodie Foster made her directorial debut (with a script by Scott Frank) in this tale of a child prodigy's search for social acceptance. Fred Tate (Adam Hann-Byrd) is a precocious fourth grader who has no problem with the most complex mathematical problems or in banging out a Rachmaninoff concerto on the piano, but is totally inept at playing baseball or dealing with children his own age. His mother Dede (Jodie Foster) is a cocktail waitress who acts more like a child than Fred, but cares passionately about her son. Fred comes to the attention of child psychologist Jane Grierson (Dianne Wiest), who runs a summer camp for child prodigies called Odyssey of the Mind. She invites Fred to attend the summer session, creating a rift between Fred and Dede. ~ Paul Brenner, Rovi
Fast forward or mute the part where Tate meets the Mathmagician (as he's the one with the bad mouth). Then use the movie to spark a discussion about differeing abilities. My kids ages 6-10 were very engaged in this movie, and I like it as well. There is also a scene in a pool hall that may require discussion or fast forwarding. This movie made me wish we owned a DVD Guardian to mute the profanity....because without the profanity its an excellent movie.
What a delightful movie. I enjoy watching Jodie Foster in any role and it was very easy for me to like and admire the character she portrayed in little man tate. what an awesome mom in a very challenging situation, finding the balance between holding on and letting go.
It was a pleasure to watch a movie where everyone is so intent on doing the right thing for a child who is having a hard time fitting in. The love and concern of the mother for her son is heartwarming. How the boy humanizes the psychologist is touching. I enjoyed it.