After several years in prison, a recently paroled tough-as-nails — though not-quite-three-foot-tall — jewel thief Calvin Sims (Marlon Wayans) decides it’s time to retire from a life of crime, but not before pulling off one last big heist. A notorious crime boss offers Calvin and his former partner Percy P (Tracy Morgan) $100,000 to steal the famous Queen Diamond. But the heist goes bad, and Calvin drops the jewel into Vanessa Edwards’ (Kerry Washington) purse. Vanessa and her husband Darryl (Shawn Wayans) return to their suburban Chicago neighborhood unaware that they have become pawns in a high-stakes crime.
Darryl and Vanessa are having problems of their own. Darryl is dying to assume the responsibilities of parenthood. But Vanessa, who has just been promoted to vice president at an advertising firm, is worried that having a baby will limit her ability to climb higher up the corporate ladder. She is also concerned that, despite his enthusiasm, Darryl is not ready to be a father.
When they overhear Darryl and Vanessa, Percy and Calvin devise a plan to recover the stolen gem. Calvin will masquerade as a “baby,” infiltrate their home and sneak away with the diamond. He deposits himself in a baby basket on Darryl and Vanessa’s doorstep. Darryl leaps at the opportunity to prove he’s ready for fatherhood by caring for the abandoned child for the weekend. To his surprise, Vanessa agrees.
But tough, cynical Calvin finds life as a “baby” more difficult that he imagined, while Calvin finds that being a great father has its challenges.
Canadian Connection: Filmed in Burnaby and Vancouver, British Columbia. Some cast members are Canadian.
Keenen Ivory Wayans
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Producer(s): Keenen Ivory Wayans, Lee R. Mayes, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans, Rick Alvarez
Screenplay: Keenan Ivory Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Shawn Wayans
Official Site: www.sonypicturesreleasing.ca/english/little_man/