Take a hilarious ride with the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families in comedy history. Father Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell his motivational success programme... with no success. Meanwhile, "pro-honesty" mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers - the seven-year-old, would-be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather (Alan Arkin), whose outrageous behaviour recently got him evicted from his retirement home. When Olive is invited to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in fat-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her - with riotously funny results.
Lovely film about a dysfunctional family. 7 year old Olive has an ambition to win a beauty contest and is thrilled to be invited to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Her father is too busy trying to make a million with his 'steps to success' programm to really notice her and rants on about winners and losers all the time. Brother Dwayne won't speak and comunicates through notebook and pencil. Her grandfather's swearing and outrageous antics are a source of much amusement. All the while, Mum, played brilliantly by the excellent Toni Collette, supports Olive, trying to make her see beauty is on the inside. The action revolves around an equally dysfunctional bright yellow VW van. A brilliantly acted and directed piece of comedy with some sad and touching moments. A fantastic ending to a well written screenplay. No wonder it was nomintaed for so many awards!
I really like this film, everything about it is perfect. The dynamic of the family seems so true, due to the great acting and the script, which is both poignant and humorous. Abigail Breslin and Paul Dano are two actors to keep an eye on, as they were fantastic. I must also mention Steve Carrel’s performance, which, unlike his usual characters was very understated, I would like to see him take on more roles like this in the future. This film will definitely last over time and end up being a staple classic to any film lovers collection.
Loved it so many lovely moments and the ending was fantastic. The little girl playes the role so well, and the family interacts very well. Watch it now
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- Little Miss Sunshine review by Cherry
Very entertaining, you can see why it deserved an Oscar
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- Little Miss Sunshine review by BL
This starts as disfunctional family chaos but ends with family bonding. Funny but not laugh out loud. You guess the little girl (Abigail Breslin) will not succeed but that doesn't matter. She is the catylst for family togetherness. Greta performances by Steve Carroll and especially Alan Arkin.
Marvellous. You cannot help but love this film with its disastrously quirky family and their van. From a frankly ludicrous premise it takes ever sillier turns, to the satisfyingly cringemaking finale. And if you see some of the plot twists coming over the horizon, it doesn't seem to matter. You just have longer to wonder if they're really going to pull it off. Making full use of a small budget, you can see they all had fun making this film. It's feelgood, it's loopy, it's the road movie to end the genre but it's highly recommended.
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- Little Miss Sunshine review by BJ
A fun film to watch. Well acted by all, including the minors, and full of humour, both dark and more light-hearted. All round excellent entertainment and well worth watching.
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- Little Miss Sunshine review by OB
This film is absolutely dreadful. The plot is ridiculous, the players are caricatures, the acting stereotyped. How this could be nominated for awards I can not imagine. Do not waste your time watching this.
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Dysfunctional family coming together through adversity
- Little Miss Sunshine review by JO
...and the merits of an absolutely blank one dimensional mother miscast as Toni Colette. They needed someone more background than this tuff gal...or rewritten her as slightly more edgy. She did not fit into the cast of extremity that was this film at best and at worst her character was downright sappy. The father starts and dresses and seems destined to be a stereotypical loser - American style. Somewhere in the edit the transition of his character from being an arsehole, goal-centred and neglectful father to an actioned, supportive, go getting, rule breaking punk that anyone would love to have as a dad - has been lost. The scene where this happens?????
Tho his heroin smoking dad too also seems to have an unsubstantiated psychological breakthrough as a truly wonderful being ???!! Maybe then its hereditary :/
The son - ummmm - LOVE Paul Dano and he does his best with the character tho perhaps the wishfully thinking directors believe that a stroppy teenager will just drop his hormonal nastiness at a few well chosen words/actions from family and situation. Tricky to believe ...however all in all if you can suspend psychological development of character ...an enjoyable film. Kid is flawless ...tho dread her future as child actress :)