Review: Netflix’s “Little Evil”


A stepdad, a stepson who may literally be the antichrist, and the impending apocalypse. Netflix’s newest horror-comedy “Little Evil” stars Adam Scott as Gary, a recently married man moving in with his new wife (Evangeline Lilly) and stepson, but something seems a little off about Lucas; he likes to color in the dark, only talks to Gary through his goat sock puppet, and may or may not be the reason all of his mom’s previous boyfriends are dead.

Despite this unique premise, “Little Evil” still manages to be just as cliche as any romantic comedy by following all the same beats. Guy meets perfect girl, but she happens to already have a child. Guy reaches out to girl’s son, but doesn’t try hard enough, or just can’t manage to get along. Girl gets frustrated with guy in the second act and kicks him out. Guy finally wins back girl after having a day out with girl’s son, and finally getting to know him. Happy ending.

That’s not to say that there isn’t anything unique about this movie, but everything unique about it feels completely underutilized. Gary’s support group of fellow stepfathers features Donald Faison, Chris D’Ella, and Bridget Everett, all great comedic actors on their own, but have such little screen time and feel wasted.

The concept of the literal antichrist being your new stepson is such a fun, ridiculous idea for a movie, but it feels like “Little Evil” played it too safe. None of the jokes went far enough to get a real laugh out of me the whole time.

A few scenes also introduced characters and implied plotlines, but were either forgotten about for the rest of the movie, or killed off within the same scene, making you wonder why they were even included in the first place.

Adam Scott was great as always, playing his usual role of the almost-straight man to the rest of cast. I expected Bridget Everett as Gary’s crass co-worker, and fellow “stepdad,” to be the standard annoying sidekick character, but she had the best lines by far in the movie.

“Little Evil” had a lot of great ideas, but didn’t take enough risks, or deviate from cliches enough for any of those ideas to play out well. The movie was by no means a bad movie, it just did nothing to make it a memorable one, or one worth returning to.