From the author of ELECTION and director of IN THE BEDROOM, LITTLE CHILDREN is not only a weak film title, it's also a weak film.
Like ELECTION, the film follows a group of crossing plot lines and characters. Unfortunately, in this film, one of the two major characters (played by Patrick Wilson) is completely uninteresting. The other characters are complex and flawed, but the film lacks Matthew Broderick's inherent likability to carry the film. Most of the acting is very good, although Jennifer Connelly is completely wasted. Unlike ELECTION, there were also plot problems, with characters making decisions that seem silly and yet have complex reactions on their lives. Still, it had moments.