Saturday, April 12, 2008

Movie Review: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Starring: Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin
Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Genre: Comedy
Rating: R

A highly dysfunctional family goes out to California to help the seven year old daughter compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Her parents, brother, grandfather, uncle and she all pile into a VW bus and try to make it to the pageant on time. There are some funny and serious moments along the way. The trip forces them to coexist unlike they have had to before. They don’t get along, but they are doing all of this to fulfill the little girl’s dreams.

Little Miss Sunshine did live up to all of its hype. I like this movie more every time I see it. I especially like Steve Carrell having to play this depressed but at times the most positive character in the bunch. It seems that every character clashes with every other's personality, which definitely causes for an interesting journey. I thought Alan Arkin did a good job and had a good role, but an Oscar win; I didn't see that coming. It also won for Best Original Screenplay. Great cast with Steve Carell, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette and rounded out with Abigail Breslin as the little girl.

Definitely a fun movie to show a family who sticks together even though they are as different as can be imagined.

“Oh my God, I'm getting pulled over. Everyone, just... pretend to be normal.”

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