You’ve probably never heard of Little Boxes, but the comedy and drama film is a real hidden gem on Netflix. Initially launched in 2016, the independent project has a creative, exciting and, at the same time, quite amusing plot.
Little Boxes is a production by Rob Meyer and Annie Howell, with a cast consisting mainly of comedy actors, bringing a simple and creative story.
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The film had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 15, 2016. Years later, Netflix acquired the film’s international broadcast rights.
Below is everything you need to know about Little Boxes on Netflix.
The plot of Little Boxes on Netflix
Little Boxes, according to the website Looper, is a “fish out of water” story, which follows the plot of a family forced to live in an unfamiliar situation.
While other films in the genre tend to use this setting to provoke laughter, Little Boxes doesn’t avoid sadder and more difficult moments. It’s a rare drama that, at the same time, is fun and has something important to say.
The film focuses mainly on the story of Clark Burns, a biracial teenager whose life is turned upside down when his parents decide to move from New York to a small town in the American Midwest.
Little Boxes shows Clark’s difficulty in dealing with his white schoolmates, who expect the protagonist to “act like a black man”.
Meanwhile, Clark’s parents are also forced to help themselves to a more relaxed routine after many years of living in the hustle and bustle of New York.
Little Boxes received a relatively positive reception from the specialized critics, achieving 67% approval in Rotten Tomatoes.
New York Times journalist Neil Genzlinger praised Little Boxes for its unconventional plot.
“While several films have already shown what happens when an upstate resident moves to the big city, Little Boxes reveals that moving from a gentrified urban oasis to a small town can be equally significant,” says the reviewer.
The cast of Little Boxes is fronted by young actor Armani Jackson as the protagonist Clark.
You probably know Jackson from his performances in Grey’s Anatomy and Cooties – The Epidemic.
New Zealand actress Melanie Lynskey plays Gina Burns, Clark’s mother, forced to deal with the boredom of the countryside.
Lynskey is quite famous for playing Rose in the sitcom Two and a Half Men. More recently, the actress played Rosemary Thomson in the miniseries Mrs. America.
Nelsan Ellis plays Mark Burns, Clark’s father and Gina’s husband. The actor is known for playing the iconic Lafayette on the HBO series True Blood.
Unfortunately, Nelsan Ellis passed away in 2017. Little Boxes is one of the last films of his career.
The cast of Little Boxes is completed by Oona Lawrence (Orange is the New Black), Janeane Garofalo (Wet Hot American Summer), Christine Taylor (Arrested Development), Maliq Johnson (Grand Army), Nadia Dajani (Sex and the City) and Veanne Cox (The Better Angels).
Little Boxes is available on Netflix; check out the trailer below.