“Little” really begins when the young nerd Jordan Sanders (played by “Black-ish” actress Marsai Martin at age 13) gets utterly humiliated in her class by a white girl. The impact of that traumatic experience, then and there, shaped Jordan and she vows to become rich and powerful so she can get back at her tormentors, because “nobody bullies the boss.”

Fast forward to Jordan, all grown up and played by Regina Hall, who makes the best screenplay bully of all time—Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly—seem reasonable and kind. Get the full picture now? Jordan is a bully who makes everyone around her miserable especially her hard-working assistant April (Issa Rae). Jordan’s ability to constantly demoralize her terrified employees makes it appear that they are all stuck—forever—in hell. But then fate intervenes (no doubt, because of the lamenting prayers of the abused) when a random kid, not unlike the one she used to be, stands up to her. This brave kid makes a wish that Jordan was little and the universe delivered that request, quickly.

The next morning, Hall has been transformed back into Martin, wearing her thick glasses and sporting a wild head of natural hair that made her such an easy target the first time she was 13.

At first, being little again seems intolerable but it quickly offers her a unique kind of opportunity: Knowing how things end, she can better navigate the period that was so difficult the first time around. It’s a clever device and very entertaining. She outrageously flirts with her teacher (Justin Hartley) and rocks a hot pink pantsuit that turns heads at school. She quickly discarded the things that defined her as an adult like the hours practicing Pilates and her nip & tuck with a plastic surgeon. When she goes back to being a kid, she begins to rebuild her shattered self-esteem.

“Little” is written by Tracy Oliver (one of three credited for “Girls Trip”) and there are a few questions that float in the head. Like explaining how the magic curse works and not giving much time to trying to reverse the spell. Rather, it lingers on the idea that Jordan is digging the rewind.

It’s great storytelling in act one because it’s crystal clear that this bully deserves to be taken down which leaves a lot of room for the comedic act of eating humble pie. Her assistant, April, has to act as her legal guardian so many of the perks of Jordan’s life as an adult like the killer wardrobe, her BMW sports car, and drinking an expensive bottle of rosé—are all a no-go for a minor. It’s her wild mouth (at all ages) that gets her in trouble, with the woman next door calling Child Protective Services resulting in a legal order for Jordan to re-enroll in the very same middle school where she had been traumatized before.

Her mouth running on overtime, Jordan lets those bullies have it!

“Little” is always fun and will make all ages really laugh. Actress and producer Marsai Martin’s performance is spot on. Rather than pretending to be an adult in a child’s body, she convincingly suggests that her little body is inhabited by a grown woman who believes she’s paid her dues and is therefore annoyed when the grown-ups around her no longer respond to her every snappy command.

Kudos to the structure of act one, we know just how horrible a bully Jordan has become but in the end, she learned the lesson very well. The laughs continue to the end while the lesson is the last thing highlighted: “There will always be people out there who don’t want you to live your best life. The trick is not becoming one of them.” Amen!

“Little” produced by Will Packer, Kenya Barris, James Lopez. Directed by Tina Gordon. Screenplay: Tracy Oliver, Gordon; story: Oliver. Starring Regina Hall, Issa Rae, Marsai Martin, Justin Hartley, Tracee Ellis Ross, Tone Bell, JD McCrary, Tucker Meek, Thalia Tran, Marley Taylor, Eva Carlton, Luke James, Rachel Dratch.