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Saturday, December 01, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine

****½ Little Miss Sunshine. Drama. Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell

We got this from Netflix after hearing lots and lots of recommendations.

Little Miss Sunshine is about a family trying to get the youngest daughter across country to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant. There's the dad (Greg Kinnear), who's a motivational speaker and author of a self-help book he's trying to sell; there's the gay uncle (Steve Carell), just out of the hospital after trying to kill himself; there's the teenage son (Paul Dano) who's taken a vow of silence; there's the grandfather (Alan Arkin) who's been kicked out of the retirement community; there's the daughter (Abigail Breslin) who's not quite like the other pageant contestants; and the mom (Toni Collette) who tries to hold them all together.

The trip tears them all apart and puts them back together, as a family.

If the characters were less quirky, the story would be too heartwarming for words, and would require a warning from dentists. But as it is, they're understandable and sympathetic in their quirkiness, and because they're exaggerated, it's easy to see parts of them in your own life, whether in yourself or those around you, making the movie very thought-provoking.

Little Miss Sunshine is described as a comedy, but I don't see that. There are funny parts, yes, but the story is too tragic to be a comedy, I think.


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I find it was a tiny bit comedy but yes, you're right. It more of tragic to be comedy. I thought the movie was good but not great. But when I planned to watch the movie, I thought it was going to be more comedic.

I thought the little girl steal the show at the end, when she finally dance for pageant conestant. I couldn't help but cheer for her and the family afterward :)
Oh, yes, she did. What I liked best about that part, though, was that the organizers of the pageant were all upset with her dance, when Olive's appearance and performance were so much more innocent than the others. Nicely ironic.
Hmm I never thought of that way...yes maybe her performance was more innocence than the others was.I mean I know her's was innocence but didn't think about it that it more innocence than the OTHERS...hope that make sense hehehe.....
Yeah--all those little girls dressed up like adults, with makeup and sexy dresses. Creeps me right out.
Yes, you right. It is scary seeing kids dressed up like adults. I would be worried.......
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