Little Miss Sunshine
Academy Award® Winner
The Hoover family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams.... View more >
language, some sex and drug content
Starring Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear... View more >
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Little Miss Sunshine has been building hype steadily for a few months now, and was a big hit at the Sundance Festival earlier this year. I got a chance to see it at a special engagement screening last Sunday, and it was, hands-down, the best movie of the year so far. Nothing else I've seen touches the hilarity, the characters, and the raw emotional power present in this movie.
It's not exactly the sort of humor that you'd expect from watching the previews for this one, though. The comedy is very subtle and very quirky for a good part of the film's running time, but it all builds from the characters. As we get to know these people better, the movie gets funnier and funnier, and by the uproariously funny and endlessly clever ending the entire audience was gasping for breath and clapping.
Everyone in the movie gives a great performance. Greg Kinnear, as the de facto family leader, starts out grating and gradually grows on you, but Kinnear never changes his performance to become more endearing. He simply lets the character do the work for him. Steve Carrell proves he's got real acting chops to go along with his gift for comedy, and his bond with the family's son (the actor's name escapes me right now, but his character provides an incredibly powerful emotional moment in the film that had me tearing up) is one of the highlights of the movie. Alan Arkin is hilariously offensive as the grandfather, but his screentime is limited. The breakout, though, is Abigail Breslin as Olive, the awkward little girl who longs to be a beauty queen. Most of the time I can't stand child actors in movies, especially when they're given as much screen time as Breslin. But she nails every facet of her character, and she proves to be a fearless actress by the end, too.
I highly suggest you see this movie if you're looking for a comedy. It's R-rated for a couple scenes of drug use and plenty of profanity, but I feel like it'd be a great family film, provided your kids are old enough/mature enough to handle those kinds of situations. It's alternately hilarious, heartfelt, and heartbreaking, and it features what will probably be the best ensemble cast this year. **** out of 4, don't you dare miss this one.
I was very impressed. Great characters and great acting. Reminiscent of a Wes Anderson film.
Jake's review is dead on! Best movie I've seen all year. Little Miss Sunshine has been hyped for a while and I was planning to see it. But I got a mixed review from someone recently stating that my spouse and I might not like it.
Happy to say that presumption was wrong. I loved every character in this little gem and walked out of the theater tearing up with laughter. Its the best ending of any movie I've seen in a very long time. Its a thoughtful, subtle, and very human comedy. See it now!
One of the best and funniest comedies I've seen all year. This movie has put all the summer comedies to shame. "Little Miss Sunshine" is first-rate comedy at it's best. Not only it's funny, but it refuse to play if safe. It's a story of a dysfunctional family on a 700 mile journey to get their daughter in a beauty pageant. Greg Kinnear is the leader who tries to keep his unhappy family together. The cast is first rate, especially the performances from newcomer Abigail Breslin and veteran performer Alan Arkin. Both deserved Oscar Nominations. If you're looking for a very funny comedy, then "Little Miss Sunshine" is your answer.
A film dealing with several meaningful issues that makes you care about the characters, laugh, tap your toes, and exit with a warm glow is more than a "good" film. The family has a high tolerance for differences, which, of course, has costs and benefits. You see a family that, at one glance, seems impossible, but by the end of the film, you admire them. It also involves involves generational differences and similarities, how much freedom to give young people, how it's really possible to let everyone self-actualize, living your life on your terms, and the beauty of family love. Wow!
Very Funny, Very Touching, Very Good!
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