A town that everyone wants to visit


Sneak preview, sponsored by the company Los Angeles Jewish Film Festivaland reviews on newly released movie small town, by Israeli director and screenwriter Dani Menkin, starring Jason Paul Field, Crystal St John and a young Grant Stevens. A modern love story that comes through the back door when you least expect it.

Movie content

Jason (Jason Paul Field) is a 40-year-old widower struggling as a stand-up comedian who jokes that Hollywood actors are more like Uber drivers. Jason is also the father of young Tommy (Grant Stevens), who is the only fan of his comedians. Missing his late wife, coming to terms with his failed comedy career and working hard to be the best father he can be, Jason is riddled with anxious insecurities and a loss of positive spirit.

One day, while on the run via Uber, Lauren (Crystal St John), who has just turned 30, walks into Jason’s car and into his life. She is strangely free-spirited, under which she hides her personal battles and turmoil.

Clockwise from right: Lauren, Tommy, Jason, co-producer and Danny Menkin. Photo: Nurit Greenger

At Lauren’s provocative encouragement, a father, his son, and their new uninvited companion embark on an adventurous journey to the imaginative, mountain-high Little Town. An imaginary destination where each of them hopes to fulfill each of their hidden dreams.

‘Little Town’ is a heartwarming, modern, slanted love drama about a stranger who uses her clumsy behavior to help a father and his son achieve a healthier relationship, while she finds love and a future with the boy’s father.

About the Creative Power

Director and screenwriter Dani Menkin is known to viewers for his films “Aulcia,” “Dolphin Boy,” “The picture of his life,” and “On map.”

Menkin is an award-winning Israeli writer, director and film producer based in Los Angeles. He is a two-time Israeli Academy Award winner and founder Hi Jude Productions film production company.

small town poster
Little Town poster.

Small town, my view

Most people have their own version of a “town” to which they would like to escape or where, if they get there, they hope their dreams will come true. That small urban dream realm is a constant thought in a person’s head where their life can take a turn for the better.

Most human beings have a dream that is different from one another and which they keep secret for perhaps their entire lives. However, as in this film, the intense interactive forces between Jason, Lauren, and Tommy bring their inner dreams to the surface, admitting them, and dealing with them positively, with each other’s help.

The movie subplot reminds you that whatever comes your way, whatever challenge you face, deal with it and don’t stop, don’t let it freeze your life and/or emotions. Be open.

A small town is the meaning and purpose of a person’s life. The town is a parable of where one wants to go to straighten out one’s life. It is a point of realizing that a dream must become a reality, where you can and should be open to all possibilities.

The classic Chevrolet in which Jason, Tommy and Lauren drove to Little Town.  Photo by Nurit Greenger
The classic Chevrolet in which Jason, Tommy and Lauren drove to Little Town. Photo by Nurit Greenger

Little Town is a great love story between father and son, Jason and Tommy; a love story between a woman – Lauren – and a man, Jason; one who has lost his beloved wife, who yearns for that lost love, immersed in too much grief to seek love, and thinks he can love no more; she just ended a failed relationship that left her heartbroken and confused, yet she deals with it with courage through her silly and funny free spirit.

Hollywood has produced many love story movies over the decades, the content of which has shed many tears from the audience and the story has become the dream of the audience to fall in love exactly as it is depicted on the big screen.

Little Town is not that old romantic movie. Still, it’s a highly recommended and hilarious modern romance story that you should go check out and I promise you’ll love it. Thanks LA Jewish Film Festival to support local films.


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