Review: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

If Snakes on a Plane does not appeal to your weekend movie appetite, then perhaps you should consider a different sort of film for you viewing pleasure.

Little Miss Sunshine is the story of an Albuquerque family that travels in a VW bus in order to help young Olive compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

An adorable Abigail Breslin (it’s the oversized glasses and armbands) shines as 10-year-old Olive, who is shockingly different from her fellow pageant contestants. Along for the ride is Olive’s dysfunctional family. Richard (Greg Kinnear),the overbearing father; Sheryl (Toni Collette) the overwhelmed mother; Uncle Frank (Steve Carell), a suicidal, gay, Proust scholar; the foul-mouthed, drug addicted Grandpa (played by Alan Arkin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), Olive’s older brother who has taken a vow of silence.

Clearly, they have their problems. But during their eventful road trip the family discovers that they need each other more than they thought.

Little Miss Sunshine is a superb black comedy that is simply brilliant especially when outrageous humor is needed (i.e. the pageant scene). It is a touching, endearing, hysterical, dark, and special film that should be remembered (at least mentioned a lot) during award season and it is one that should not be missed.

Updated October 11, 2010

 

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4 thoughts on “Review: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)”

  1. I really want to see this movie, but I don’t think it is playing anywhere near me. No good movies come to West Virginia.

  2. I saw this film tonight and thoroughly enjoyed it. I felt like it could have been better, but then again, I spent almost the entire movie feeling some strong emotion. Here’s my take on LMS.

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