Little Glory (DVD) Review
Not so much?
“Time to grow up” Shawn is the picture of a young thug. He drinks; he smokes; he swears (profusely); and he isn’t against stealing to earn a little cash. He doesn’t get along with his alcoholic father, and he barely pays attention to his younger sister Julie when he sees her – which isn’t all […]
“Time to grow up”
Shawn is the picture of a young thug. He drinks; he smokes; he swears (profusely); and he isn’t against stealing to earn a little cash. He doesn’t get along with his alcoholic father, and he barely pays attention to his younger sister Julie when he sees her – which isn’t all that much, as he’s usually out with his gang of unsavory friends. His has been a rough life – he still hasn’t really gotten over the sudden death of his mother, and his dad isn’t exactly a model parent. At a time when the family should be pulling together, tragedy strikes once again.
When Shawn gets the news that his father has died, he isn’t exactly equipped to handle it all that well. With both parents out of the picture, taking care of Julie falls onto Shawn’s shoulders – and he is a complete failure at it, for the most part. He doesn’t have the patience to deal with a child, and he is too immature to give up hanging out with his friends to care for Julie properly. On top of that, Shawn doesn’t have a job, so keeping food on the table isn’t an easy task. As he fights with his aunt for custody of Julie, he’ll have to grow up and work hard if he wants to keep his family together.
Little Glory is one of those shows where you kind of feel like you know where it’s going – young punk suddenly gains a kid, and he grows up fast to provide a home for her. And yet, Little Glory spends way too much time on proving what a complete and total failure Shawn is at growing up. He screws up again and again, consistently putting everything and anything he wants above Julie’s needs. Though there are a few tender moments here and there, you really spend most of the movie asking yourself, “Where’s the growing up part at?” Honestly, it really isn’t there.
Even in the parts where Shawn manages to do something nice for her sister (for example, bringing her favorite toy to her so she can sleep), he does it in a completely awful and immature way. Every time he does something just a little bit right, he turns right around and messes twelve things up royally. He isn’t a character you want to like, or even feel sorry for – even though he does have a rough time of it. It’s that unlikability to his character that makes it hard to engross yourself in the story. The aunt is equally unlikable, which doesn’t make any sense, as she’s supposed to be the responsible candidate for custody. For one thing, it never explains why she is only trying to help Julie now, rather than when their mom died – or why she doesn’t offer help to Shawn as well as his sister.
Little Glory is one of those movies where you can see it has a lot of potential. The awful family situation shines through, so at first you really want Shawn to man up and become that parent his sister needs. But as the movie progresses, you wonder why anyone would let him watch her for even a short time. As it diverts off into Shawn’s various nocturnal activities, you become more and more convinced that growing up is pretty much impossible for him – and even when he starts to pull it together a little bit, it seems like too little, too late. To top it off, the ending will leave you shaking your head, wondering what the heck actually happened. Little Glory is a diverting show in some ways, but it definitely falls short of any potential it started out with.