Little Man Tate

It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.
It's not what he knows. It's what he understands.

LITTLE MAN TATE (PG)

D: Jodie Foster
Columbia Tristar/Orion (Scott Rudin & Peggy Rajski)
US 1991
99 mins
 
Drama
 
W: Scott Frank
DP: Mike Southon
Ed: Lynzee Klingmann 
Mus: Mark Isham
 
Jodie Foster (Dede Tate), Dianne Wiest (Jane Grierson), Adam Hann-Byrd (Fred Tate), Harry Connick, Jr. (Eddie), David Hyde Pierce (Garth Emmerick)
 
A passionate single mother finds herself in a custody battle with a school director over the best interests of her son, a child genius. 
There's a collection of decent performances in Jodie Foster's directorial debut, and you can tell that the source material is incredibly personal to the actress by the way she approaches this piece of work. Unfortunately, it lacks the cinematic oomph to make it any better than a TV-movie-of-the-week, seemingly released by Orion at the latter end of 1991 to promote Foster's Oscar chances for the studio's other release (The Silence Of The Lambs).
6/10

Adam Hann-Byrd & Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate
Adam Hann-Byrd & Jodie Foster in Little Man Tate