Saturday, June 2, 2007

Little Children

I just saw this movie, which I felt was a pretty faithful adaptation of the book by Tom Perotta, which I read when it first came out. Sarah is a little bored as a stay-at-home mom and a little appalled at the other playground mothers and their air of perfection. When Todd, who the other mothers dub "The Prom King" shows up at the playground, Sarah boldly goes up to him and shocks even herself as she kisses him. Todd is the primary caregiver for his son. His wife thinks he is spending his evenings at the library studying for the bar exam, but he spends all his time watching teenage skateboarders, joining a touch football league, or passing out fliers about the child molester who has moved in to the neighborhood with an acquaintance who has become obsessed with the molester. Sarah and Todd start spending their afternoons at the pool with their children and begin an affair. Meanwhile, the child molester and his mother try to adjust to the turmoil. Like Election, also by Tom Perotta and turned into a great movie, there is a dark humor to this book as well as some great insights into the nature of suburbia and marriage.

2 comments:

Shuttsie said...

My book club just read this (the one with my mom) Do you think Kate Winslet was too good looking to be Sarah? And what about what happens with Ronnie? I was mad at what was revealed, but I guess that is real life, that people are sometimes worse than you think.

angstrat said...

Hmm, it's been awhile since I read the book but I don't remember much comment on Sarah's attractiveness. The Ronnie subplot definitely went in a different direction from what I was anticipating but it felt sort of true to me. The book was kind of bleak but I really liked how the weight of expectations of identity--self-inflicted and externally--played such a big factor. If that makes sense, I'm not sure how to word it.