The story life finds Regina Hall as a nasty company owner who has no respect for her employees or anyone else pushing everyone around her away. That aspect of her character was molded by her non success in Junior High School where the typical mean girls destroy her science presentation. As an adult she accepts no disagreement with her decisions from her staff even when they obviously have contributed significantly to her success and wealth.
She treats her lover in the same manner and he is reduced to a sex toy even when he attempts to show affection and compassion for her. Her side kick, April (Issa Rae) who is there every day setting the scene for the day’s work is treated like a slave rather than a contributor to the success of the company.
The hook comes when older Jordan is wished by a young girl who was mistreated by Jordan to become young again. That has happened a number of times in films but here she is not young again, she is her in an early teen body. Jordan is then the same personality but in the body played by Marsai Martin. The situations that Martin enters into like flirting with her good looking teacher in a very adult manner, dancing in a bar where she longs for a glass of wine which is not available to the young woman even when we know she is the 38 year old, do not contribute much comedy.
Little is disappointing even with a truly fine performance by Martin. The comedy is not effectively presented and it appears that an opportunity for a film with the success of Big has been side stepped into a series of silly and in some cases sensual situations which are not completed sufficiently to have the effect necessary for a successful comedy.
Little is not big enough.