The disarming comedy A Little Romance features Diane Lane as a 13-year-old American, living in Paris with her businessman stepfather (Arthur Hill) and her promiscuous mother (Sally Kellerman). Mom is currently enamored with pretentious-filmmaker David Dukes, and it is on the set of Dukes' latest picture that Lane meets another 13-year-old, insatiable French film buff Thelonious Bernard. A likeable street-smart petty thief and gambler, Bernard is instantly attracted to Lane. With the help of roguish old Laurence Olivier, Lane and Bernard arrange a romantic rendezvous under the Bridge of Sighs in Venice. Naturally, when the kids disappear it's a cause for international concern, but all ends as it should. Some of the best moments in A Little Romance belong to Broderick Crawford, unselfconsciously playing "himself" at a movie party.~Hal Erickson
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Rated 5 out of 5 stars
A Little Romance Glows With Charm
Posted . Owned for 1 week when reviewed.
A wonderful film about first love, told from the perspective of youth. Laurence Olivier, in the winter of his years, in a marvelous performance filled with a performance that is honest and filled with the warmth that only an actor of Olivier's stature can exude. Played with the fairy tale innocence of youth, the frail love of a spoiled actress mother, but a strong, yet understanding love of a stepfather, this lovely story of first love will charm and remain in one's heart forever.