Beyond His Years
Short movie about a six-year-old child who gets in big trouble and/or is wildly praised for doing the things that average adults do on a regular basis.
The movie opens with him taking his mom’s car keys and driving off with the family car, only to be pulled over by the police once he turns onto the highway. His parents are furious, but he makes the local news and is invited to a latenight talk show, where his matter-of-fact recounting of the incident is a huge hit.
The parents forgive him, but not long after, he sneaks into the liquor cabinet, gets drunk, and mouths off in front of a family-gathering, using language no kid is supposed to know. His parents are horrified and ground him, but most of the family members secretly find it to be hilarious.
The kid also somehow knows things that any typical adult would know, which earns him a spot in a gifted class, but gets him in hot water when he reveals more knowledge about sex and death than any kid should have.
He breaks so many age-based laws that eventually he is put on trial… as an adult. He represents himself (quite articulately, for a child) and is found innocent. When he’s released, he’s regarded as a rebel and an unsurpassed genius and goes on a lecture tour.
But as weird and outrageous and controversial and brilliant as everyone thinks this kid is, if he were an adult, none of his behavior would even raise an eyebrow.
Did I hear someone say “holding a mirror up to society”?