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Little Miss Sunshine

2006 Independent comedy-drama

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Lil' Miss Can't Be Wrong

  • May 12, 2009
Every year the box offices around the world have at least one movie which surprisingly will earn a killing & leave me completely baffled. OK, that's too broad. Let me try again. The film will definitely rack up at the box offices but the film is somewhat of an indie fave. Does that help any? These films aren't especially bad  & could actually be enjoyable films on any given day but..just don't seem to be anything really special overall & I  don't get the mass hype surrounding these small cinematic wonders. Little Miss Sunshine just so happens to be my vote for 2006 as the most overrated, over-hyped film of the year. In many ways, this was as undeserving of the accolades or word-of-mouth popularity as was My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

So what is wrong with these films? Nothing at all. Both films were actually entertaining enough per se & aren't a terrible waste of time. In fact, most of the characters are fairly likable for the most part or turn out to be pretty decent people when all is said & done. Even more impressive are the actors/actresses themselves who give some of the better performances of their careers or at least worthy ones if nothing else.

And the stories? My Big Fat Greek Wedding & Little Miss Sunshine are both OK stories. Of course, they don't bring anything new to the table as far as heartfelt comedies go but the ideas are delightful nonetheless. Having said this, Little Miss Sunshine could have very well been a family film if it weren't for some potty mouth & drug usage. I could see this being touted as a family classic in some respects & have even pictured this on the shelf of a family friend's extensive video library. You get the idea. If it's not fairly wholesome & the material doesn't fit within Hollywood's PG-13 rating definition, this family I know probably wouldn't own it let alone rent it.

OK, so there you have it. A tender-hearted individual who loves light-hearted fare will most likely find these types of films to be a treasure. I, myself, am slightly more touched & disinterested in them. Little Miss Sunshine is an average film which appeals to moviegoers who still firmly believe  that simplicity is beautiful. Or perhaps to those who just miss National Lampoon's Vacation & it's sequels. I keep waiting for the Holiday Road theme song here & I'm snickering to myself the whole time. Enough said, right?

Don't get me wrong. Road trip films can be fun on occasion such as Devil's Rejects for example but I can't get around this one. Sorry.
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December 20, 2010
I enjoyed this film when I watched it. Nice review!
December 19, 2010
Been a while since I have watched this one, excellent review.
December 14, 2009
It's always amazing to see how the public reacts to any given movie. Take HAROLD AND MAUDE back in the 70s. It flopped at the box ofice and as far as I'm concerned it was brilliant and totally original. Of course original in a big part of the Holy Trinity for me. I liked parts of this movie a lot that thought it was a good 3.75, probably just because I like Greg Kinnear though. No matter what movie of his I might be watching, what I'm thinking about is the musical he stars in at the end of STUCK ON YOU. =)
December 16, 2009
I liked Harold & Maude. I actually have a thing for flops somewhat. Rocky Horror was my fav flop. I like some of Greg Kinnear but I think I might lean towards Nurse Betty moreso than Sunshine. Hmm, I must've missed Stuck On You. Will have to see that. ;-)
December 17, 2009
Another flop that I love. Kinnear and Matt Damon are Siamese twins. Kinnear wants to be an actor so they leave their fast food restaurant and go to Hollywood.
December 12, 2009
saw this and while I thought the lead was charming and her chemistry with the sister was great, I can't help to think that this was so overrated. Nice work.
December 12, 2009
I didn't hate it as there weasn't really any reason to totally dislike the film but I was surprised at how popular this film was & even more shocked to see it was nominated for Best Picture. Go figure, right? You're a delight Woo!!
December 12, 2009
at least the chick was hot. You know I always had the hots for Farmiga (Orphan) ever since "Running Scared"...LOL
December 12, 2009
Vera Farmiga is very attractive. I don't always care for her films but she's good eye candy. ;-)
May 12, 2009
Great review! This is probably one of my least favorite movie today. Its attempts at comedy leave me asking myself, "Why am I watching this film?" Not to good, but excellent review!
May 12, 2009
I think I just missed the boat on this one completely. Then again, I have to wonder sometimes why I even bothered to watch this film or similar FEEL-GOOD fIlms. Maybe I am just a film geek perhaps? LOL Thnx again man!! I'm glad you enjoyed my review & your comments mean a lot to me!
May 12, 2009
There were certain plot elements of this film that I loved (the Nietzsche-obsessed kid played by Paul Dano, the perverted old grandfather, etc.), but for the most part I found the film's humor to be too obvious. The Rick James dance number at the end could've been hilarious except that, whether intentional or not, it kind of implied that the perverted old grandfather was messing around with the little girl. That's just disturbing; not funny.
May 12, 2009
The Nietzsche-obsessed son was kinda cute ofcourse & I liked the grandfather's part although I think the perverted old man cliche is getting kinda old in the movies. What I found more disturbing perhaps were all the Benet Ramsey(s) running around the paegant which kinda gave me chills. Eeek!I don't know. The whole concept of making your child look like a grown-up for all the world to see is rather sickening to me I think. Thnx again Orlok! ;-)~
May 12, 2009
Yeah, the whole pre-pubescent and pubescent world of beauty pageants is pretty repugnant all around. I can't imagine what kind of parents would not only allow their child to take part in one, but to actually encourage it. Welcome to the weirdness that is America.
May 12, 2009
Haha! Very repugnant indeed. I have heard tell of or seen so many parents around the world who will stop at nothing to enusre their childrens future in the world of high fashion or modeling. I don't know exactly what drugs these parents took or how much per se but I sometimes wonder. America is the home & melting pot of all freaks! LOL Welcome indeed! :-0
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In the past few years, there has been an onslaught of adorable, indie films. Some of them I have loved. Some of them I've disliked -- mostly because I find them too precious, too strategically quirky and "unconventional." In many senses, Little Miss Sunshine falls into both categories. It is both a wonderfully charming film, full of soul and vitality. But it sometimes falls into some of the quirkier-than-thou cliches, which is what prevented me from giving a higher score. But I liked it -- period. …
review by . February 11, 2009
This very funny comedy concerns Olive, a sweet little seven-year old who wants to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California. She lives with her eccentric family in New Mexico, so the whole brood piles into the old VW bus for a road trip, and there's never a dull moment. Her father (Greg Kinnear) is a failed motivational speaker, her grandfather (Alan Arkin) is a trouble-making curmudgeon, her uncle (Steve Carell) is suicidal, her mother (Toni Collette) is always screaming, and her …
review by . June 03, 2008
Little Olive just wants to enter the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant. Her parents are going to take her there. Run-of-the-mill family road trip, right? What could possibly go wrong? Add into the mix a suicidal uncle, a brother who's taken the vow of silence, and a grandfather who was kicked out of a retirement home for snorting heroin, and you've got the perfect recipe for unpredictable disaster that's anything but ordinary.  This is one of those movies where outrageous and consequently hilarious …
review by . November 01, 2008
Six people in a mini-bus   Driving from Albuquerque   These folk are so dysfunctional   They're way past being "quirky"     Dad's nine steps are faltering   Mom's just tired and stressed   Granddad's snorting heroin   While Uncle is depressed     Brother's chosen to be mute   His family gets him down   Olive only wants a chance   To win a pageant crown     Trouble …
review by . June 10, 2008
Despite its somewhat quirky story line, Little Miss Sunshine is not only great to watch, but is something that one can easily relate to. Unlike your typical movie that paints the picture of the perfect American family, Little Miss Sunshine shows the more realistic side of the typical family dichotomy--financial worries, care of elderly relatives, depression, and dreams deferred.The movie provides a funny, albeit exaggerated, perspective on the things that bind us together even when life is not going …
review by . May 05, 2008
Pros: Wonderful ensemble cast. Well acted. Alan Arkin's lines.     Cons: Drags in a couple of spots. Alan Arkin's lines.     The Bottom Line: Strange and wonderful, well acted and unique. I've never seen anything like it. I have seen it at least six times and I love it more for repeat watching.     Plot Details: This opinion reveals major details about the movie's plot. "You don't speak because of Frederic Nietzsche? (pause) Cool." One …
review by . May 24, 2007
When I first saw this film, I was mightily disapointed. It had been pushed as a comedy, so I expected to, you know, laugh. I didn't. Well, not until the pagent scene. The look on Greg Kinnear's face was priceless, and pretty well summed-up my view of such pagents.    But I could tell there was something good in this movie, so about a month later I watched it again, and was much happier. The performances by the entire cast were wonderful, particularly Alan Arkin. I was also pleased …
review by . April 04, 2007
I saw this with a group of friends who didn't know much about the film. After about 30 minutes, one of them commented, "Is this suppose to be a comedy?" That's pretty much the feeling for the first half of the film, but once the characters are established, the viewer is set up for one of the most charming displays of a family bonding ever in a film.    The family is extremely messed up. It felt like we were visiting a home where we were seeing things that we shouldn't be seeing. …
review by . February 19, 2007
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Little Miss Sunshine is a comedy-drama about a dysfunctional family's road trip to a children's beauty pageant. The film won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and starred Greg Kinnear, Steve Carrell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin.
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