Those of you that know me know that I’m all about odd, obscure independent films. When they work, they’re wonderful. When they don’t, one feels like they’ll never get that hour and a half of their life back that they wasted watching a horrible flick. This movie was an exception. It was not great. It was not terrible, either.
The story of the movie is this: Carol (Kate Beckinsale) unexpectedly finds herself pregnant by her boyfriend Steven (Matthew McConaughey). When she learns that Steven is from a family of little people, including a twin brother that is a little person, Rolfe (Gary Oldman), Carol decides to learn more about little people from Rolfe and from Steven’s parents (Michael J. Anderson, Marcia de Rousse). Steven expresses some deep-rooted reservations in regards to having a child with dwarfism.
This movie doesn't flow evenly from start to finish. Main characters are not fully developed and are mostly underplayed. Casting Gary Oldman as a little person doesn’t quite make sense yet is somewhat believable, but not very. Peter Dinklage MAKES this movie, and that is hard to do considering the over-all flip-floppy mess that it is. His portrayal of “Maurice,” Rolfe's eccentric friend that is a French, Marxist little person, makes this movie tolerable. Yes, you read that correctly: A FRENCH, MARXIST LITTLE PERSON!
All in all, I’d say that “Tiptoes” is worth a rental, or at the least, a late-night viewing on cable.