Little Children is unexpectedly funny, unsettling in a way that sets you off your rails for at least a day and more importantly, is one of the few films released so far that holds up a fairly truthful (inconvenient though the truth may be) mirror back at us: this is who we've become. This is what we've become.
Whether the Academy recognizes it or not, it is surely one of the best films of the year. It is certainly a better film that In the Bedroom was. How you respond to it will likely be a good indicator of where you are in your life - how much you can stand where you are and what you'd do to get out. Hat's off to the brave ensemble cast and the very brave Todd Field who isn't playing it safe the second time around.