“Little Miss Sunshine”

littlemisssunshine.jpgGreg Kinnear
Toni Collette
Steve Carell
Paul Dano
Abigail Breslin
Alan Arkin

R           103min           2006

Father Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell motivational success program… with no success. Meanwhile, “Pro-honesty” mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers – the seven year old, would be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather (Alan Arkin), whose outrageous behavior got him evicted from his retirement home.

When Olive is invited to compete in the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rust-out VW bus to rally behind her—with riotously funny results.

“Little Miss Sunshine” is quirky funny and over the top hilarious. This is a truly what a family is. The entire cast should have been nominated for the performances.

This is a drama that is comedical, quirky and a little over the top. It has some of the most hilarious family is situation of comedy. The normal mundane things of this ecentric family are funny. A family road trip turns into a family adventure that they will tell their children and grandchildren.

“Little Miss Sunshine” has situations that are there to be funny and they are the situations that occur in families. Every character is disfunctional functional creating a working familyt dynamic. Evrey family is like that even if we do not want to admit it. If your family is big enough you can find of every character your family. If you can its because it is you.

It works because every actor brings their A game. This entire cast should have been nominated for awards. This is a complete ensemble character piece. It had every one playing their parts to perfection.

“Little Miss Sunshine” has two audio commentaries, one with the directors and one with the screenwriter and directors. There are 4 alternate endings and a music video “Til th End of Time”. The movie previews are for “Thank You for Smoking”, “Confetti”, “Trust the Man”, “Sideways”, “Garden State”, and “The Illusionist”.

I give it 4/5 Gs.


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