Little Miss Sunshine

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Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Starring: Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano and Greg Kinnear
RunTime: 101 mins
Genre: Comedy
Rating: NC-16 (Sexual Reference)
Will Appeal To: Indie Film Lovers

(The review is contributed by Mr Disjecta.)

Little Miss Sunshine is a tale about a dysfunctional family's road trip to get the youngest daughter to a beauty pageant. The film is not so much about the pageant – more than a physical journey, but an emotional and soul-searching one. Even the plethora of issues brought forth by Little Miss Sunshine never overshadows this.

We all love families with 'weak' characters. They fall short of perfection and expectations. Gay brother? Marriage on the rocks? Rebellious silent and angst filled teen? Foul-mouthed junkie grandfather? The dysfunction and difficulties never cease and instead of frowning, we laugh and cheer the family on.

In this day and age, what is considered to be a normal family? There is no such thing. And this comforts us. It reminds us of our own families. We may have glaring differences, hate each other's guts, quarrel till the sun don't shine, but we are a family and we love each other and stick together.

The tagline of the movie should not be 'Where's Olive?' but 'Everybody look normal.'

It is overall a charming and light hearted film to watch, though I felt that the moralizing was rather overboard and 'obvious' for an indie film (as was the slapstick). Further the family dance bit at the end was a slightly contrived.

That being said, it was still a wonderful film to watch.

Little Miss Sunshine - An excellent and utterly believable ensemble cast with an engaging story.

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