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Little Miss Sunshine dir. by ,

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Free Image Hosting at www.ImageShack.usFamilies are a source of much amusement and not a little tragedy. Especially when your father is a motivational speaker, whose “9 steps to winning” doesn’t seem to be working, your uncle is an attempted suicide, and your brother is a wannabe fighter pilot who has taken a vow of silence and so hasn’t spoken in months. Not to mention a heroin snorting grandfather. Not exactly the most functional of families. But when Olive, a little girl who dreams of winning beauty pageants, gets a chance to compete for the Little Miss Sunshine title, the entire family is forced into helping her achieve her dream.

I don’t want to give away too much about this film. In a way the plot isn’t really important. Instead it is the characters that are important. Their relationships with one another, and their quirks and faults.

I really enjoyed this film, it is funny and moving at the same time. Yes every now and then things get a little too “kooky”, but at the same time it all works. The humour is great, one-liners and visual gags. The situations are somewhat forced, but it doesn’t really matter. It all works.

There is also a satirical aspect to the film, but it isn’t particularly cutting satire, it is all good humoured and just plain nice. On the surface it seems as though it going to be a dark comedy, but although there is death, and suicide, and even a hint of paedophilia, but it isn’t dark. Not really. It is too good natured and feel good to be dark in the strictest sense. It takes the middle ground, but it isn’t a middle of the road film.

I enjoyed every moment of Little Miss Sunshine; from the out and out funny moments to the touching, moving moments. Highly recommended.

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9 Comments

  • 11 September 2006 - 1:34 am | Permalink

    I really like the actors in this film, yet I haven't been in any rush to see it. Maybe I'll see it sooner than I expected to.

  • 11 September 2006 - 5:05 pm | Permalink

    This is one I want to see but the time is quickly passing by and I may end up having to catch this one when it comes out on DVD.

  • 11 September 2006 - 6:34 pm | Permalink

    I kept thinking of Junebug when I was watching it. Maybe because they are both about somewhat strange families?

    It is one that won't lose anything at all from being watched on the dvd

  • 11 September 2006 - 7:47 pm | Permalink

    10/10? Wow… I was really looking forward to this before, but now…

  • Fence
    11 September 2006 - 7:54 pm | Permalink

    But now your expectations will be raised, and you won't enjoy it. I had no idea at all what it was about, a friend just suggested it, and she hadn't a clue neither.

    It did almost kill me though, at a certain line <spoiler>when the pagaent host dude asks Olive where her grandad is, and she replies in the trunk of the car</spoiler>

    I was taking a sip of water. Took me a few minutes before I could breathe through the laughter and the choking again.

  • 12 September 2006 - 7:50 pm | Permalink

    I'm actually going to see this on Sunday, for a friend's birthday. Looking forward to it.

  • 13 September 2006 - 10:01 am | Permalink

    Was I the friend who suggested it? I have a vague memory of saying twas supposed to be good a few weeks ago. Hmm. I loved it. And yes, very Junebuggy.

    Fighter pilot broke my heart. The VW broke my funny bone.

  • 13 September 2006 - 10:25 am | Permalink

    I hope you enjoy it GG.

    No not you NM, The Africa girl.

  • 13 September 2006 - 12:16 pm | Permalink

    Colour me confused. And meh. And whatever.

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