Little Miss Sunshine

From The Movie Snob

Little Miss Sunshine (A-). This movie made some news when Fox paid a ton of money for it at one of those film festivals, and I would say that Fox made a good call. By turns funny and poignant, this is the story of the very dysfunctional Hoover family. The dad (Greg Kinnear, Baby Mama) is obsessed with getting a book deal based on his nine-step self-help program for turning losers into winners. Uncle Frank (Steve Carell, Café Society) is a homosexual Proust scholar who has just survived a suicide attempt. Grandpa (Alan Arkin, Argo) is a foul-mouthed old cuss who got kicked out of a nursing home for doing drugs, and teenaged Dwayne (Paul Dano, Ruby Sparks) stopped talking nine months ago and does nothing except read Nietschze. The versatile Toni Collette (Muriel’s Wedding) plays long-suffering wife and mother Cheryl, and then there is cute seven-year-old Olive (Abigail Breslin, Maggie), who is the emotional center of the family. She gets a chance to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, and the whole family piles into a dilapidated VW van for the long drive from Albuquerque to California so that Olive can have her chance. Misadventures ensue, along with moments of surprising tenderness. I liked it a lot — but do take the R rating seriously.

12 comments on “Little Miss Sunshine

  1. […] (B).  Okay, the premise for this independent flick is not the freshest.  Calvin (Paul Dano, Little Miss Sunshine) is a well-known writer with a bad case of writer’s block and a recurring dream about a […]

  2. […] we experience the last days of Earth as seen through the eyes of Dodge Peterson (Steve Carell, Little Miss Sunshine).  Dodge is a sad fellow, an insurance salesman whose wife Linda ran off pretty much as soon as […]

  3. […] To my pleasant surprise, I quite enjoyed it (even if it did get a little long).  Steve Carell (Little Miss Sunshine) plays a fashion-challenged and apparently rather dull guy named Cal who learns in the […]

  4. […] that one.  It’s about a miserable 14-year-old boy named Duncan, whose mother (Toni Collette, Little Miss Sunshine) has dragged him to a beach house where they are going to spend the summer with her jerk boyfriend […]

  5. […] stuff.  Harrison Ford (Witness) plays the gruff Dumbledore of the outfit.  Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine), who’s looking more grown-up all the time, has a couple of scenes as Ender’s sister.  My […]

  6. […] Cleaning (C+). I think this movie is from the same producers who brought you Little Miss Sunshine — it even stars Alan Arkin, like Little Miss Sunshine did. But despite the efforts at […]

  7. […] nonfiction book, so you probably already know the basic story. Todd Burpo (Greg Kinnear, Little Miss Sunshine) has a lot going for him. He’s the pastor of small Protestant church in Nebraska, and his […]

  8. […] Kittredge: An American Girl (C). Star Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) is perhaps the finest child actor working today, but even she can’t elevate this mediocre […]

  9. […] three kids (who include Hayden Panettiere of TV’s Heroes fame, and Abigail Breslin from Little Miss Sunshine). Mix in John Corbett (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) as Helen’s potential love interest and Helen […]

  10. […] a divorce, and one day its his turn to pick up his 10-year-old daughter Maya (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine) from school. The school is in pandemonium because parents have just found out that their kids have […]

  11. […] killed in a car crash and she finds herself the sole guardian of her little niece (Abigail Breslin, Little Miss Sunshine). And things get even worse when her boss hires an assistant chef, who happens to be a happy, […]

  12. […] that tried out for and made the Philadephia Eagles in 1976 at open invitation, and Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) as Dick Vermeil, the head coach of the Philadephia Eagles with a heart of gold. I just don’t […]

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