Little Man Tate

1991 PG 1h 39m DVD

Little Man Tate

1991 PG 1h 39m DVD
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A gifted 7-year-old's prodigious talents land him in the middle of a battle between his working-class mother and a school director. Meanwhile, the boy yearns to fit in with the other children at his school, who treat him as an outcast.
Jodie Foster, Dianne Wiest, Adam Hann-Byrd, Harry Connick Jr., David Hyde Pierce, Debi Mazar, P.J. Ochlan, Alex Lee, Michael Shulman, Celia Weston, Danitra Vance, Richard Fredette, George Plimpton, Jennifer Trier
Jodie Foster
Widescreen 1.85:1
French, Spanish (Neutral)
English: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Spanish (Neutral): Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo
PG - Some material may not be suitable for children. Parents urged to give parental guidance. May contain some material parents might not like for their young children.
age 13+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 13+
age 13+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this movie might have a child as the lead character, but it deals with mature themes. A single mom tells her son he had no father, that he was a miracle. A young boy's isolation and anxiety might distress sensitive audiences, while his social exclusion at school will resonate with those who have experienced the difficulties of fitting-in. A college student takes a young boy to a pool-hall where people are drinking and smoking, and later is seen semi-naked in bed with a young woman. There are scenes of social anxiety, including a television appearance and a party, and multiple references to the stress-induced ulcers suffered by a child. There are three accidents involving children, all of which result in adult/medical attention. A character smokes and drinks in private. Several scenes have name-calling and profanity.

Sexual Content

Very brief, non-explicit scene of undressed couple lounging in bed together.


Three non-explicit accidents knock kids unconscious and necessitate medical attention.


Strong language and name-calling.

Social Behavior

Name calling and exclusion of character. Bright kids are excluded for being different.


Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Barroom drinking, mother smokes and drinks to relax,

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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