When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and ...
When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius (Carell) and Proust scholar still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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The beginning of Little Miss Sunshine will put you ill at ease, perhaps. Unless, of course, you recognize the oddity of families and the uniqueness of individuals. The cast is brilliant, the characters a bit creepy at first. Chances are, however, that you will be able to relate to one of them, whether it be the teenager who has not spoken in over 9 months, a father who is trying to morph into Tony Robins and think positively about EVERYTHING! Then, of course, there is the creepy, yet wonderful grandfather. And that's just PART of the family! The mother is trying to hold the family together while falling apart herself....and then there's the daughter who attempts to emulate "Miss America" while looking like Pippi Longstocking! Open your heart and mind to this movie, I did and I LOVED it! I laughed out loud and smiled the rest of the evening. P.S. Steve Correll is not too bad either:) He can run down the street in this movie, and it makes me remember why I like him so much!
Mar 27, 2008
Wonderful and bright!
This is one of those movies where the writer creates a multitude of eccentric characters and throws them into a script - the story writes itself!