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Little Miss Sunshine
- Steve Carell

Overview - Picked up after a well-received showing at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a low-budget comedy about a family road trip from Albuquerque to California. The story begins when young Olive (Abigail Breslin) is given a shot at the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, and manages to coerce her family into driving west in their worn-down VW van.  Read more...

 
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Overview

Picked up after a well-received showing at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a low-budget comedy about a family road trip from Albuquerque to California. The story begins when young Olive (Abigail Breslin) is given a shot at the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, and manages to coerce her family into driving west in their worn-down VW van. Olive's father, Richard (Greg Kinnear), takes charge of the trip, while her mother, Sheryl (Toni Collette), brother Dwayne (Paul Dano), uncle Frank (Steve Carell), and eccentric grandfather (Alan Arkin) all come along for the ride. What follows resembles a budget-stricken version of PLANES, TRAINS AND AUTOMOBILES: seemingly endless (and hilarious) mishaps befall the family as they wind their way across the country. Couple this with the witty interplay between a well-drawn set of dysfunctional characters, and that's the LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE formula in a nutshell; all the audience needs to do is sit back and enjoy the ride. The grainy texture of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris's film may initially startle viewers unaccustomed to the indie film world. But its a testament to the cast and crew's efforts that the limitations imposed on the filmmakers are long forgotten by the end of the film. Any concerns about visual murkiness give way to belly laughs and bemusement as the road trip ends and the beauty pageant begins. Likely to have a broad appeal, Dayton and Faris's film resembles a version of NATIONAL LAMPOON'S VACATION directed with the pithy eye of Todd Solondz (WELCOME TO THE DOLLHOUSE), and it's to the movie's credit that it manages to successfully marry these two seemingly disparate worlds.

Awards:
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Supporting Actor Winner
2006 - Academy Awards - Best Original Screenplay Winner

Cast List

David T. Friendly - Producer
Jonathan Dayton - LITTLE MISS SUNSHNE (2006)
Albert Berger - PRODUCER
Valerie Faris - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006)
Alan Arkin - Oscar-winning actor, director, LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
Abigail Breslin - Actor, SIGNS (2002)
Steven Carell - Actor, BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003)
Steve Carell - Actor, BRUCE ALMIGHTY (2003)
Kalina Ivanov - Production Designer
Peter Saraf - Executive Producer, NEIL YOUNG & CRAZY HORSE--THE COMPLEX...
Marc Turtletaub - Producer, THE LAWS OF ATTRACTION (2004)
Susan Jacobs - Music, LOVE THE HARD WAY (2003)
Greg Kinnear - American actor/host
Toni Collette - Actress/"Spotswood"
Pamela Martin - editor
Tim Suhrstedt - Director Of Photography
Ron Yerxa - EXECUTIVE PRODUCER
Mychael Danna - Score Composer
Michael Danna - Score Composer
Paul Dano - American actor, THE EMPEROR'S CLUB (2002)
Michael Arndt - LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006)
Nancy Steiner - Costume Designer

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Run Time: 101
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 024543403319
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Rating: R (MPAA) (for language, some sex and drug content.)
  • Release Date: August 2013

Related Categories:
Movies > Comedies

Related Keywords:
Black Comedy
Theatrical Release
Road Trips
Road Movies

 
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Notes:
Theatrical Release: July 28, 2006

Reviews:
"[T]his is a comic gem, uproarious and heartfelt at the same time....Alan Arkin gives an Oscar-caliber performance..." - 07/01/2006 Movieline's Hollywood Life, p.102


3 stars out of 4 -- "[S]omething wonderful: a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it." - 08/10/2006 Rolling Stone, p.112


4 stars out of 5 -- "[S]martly and sympathetically executed....Feelgood fun for all the dysfunctional family." - 10/01/2006 Total Film, p.42


4 stars out of 4 -- "[W]hat makes this one fly is its warmth. LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a first-class love-letter to a family of losers." - 10/01/2006 Uncut, p.148


"The perfect casting makes for some exceptionally confident comedy....With accessible humour and universal themes..." - 10/01/2006 Sight and Sound, p.66


Ranked #9 in Rolling Stone's "The 10 Best Movies Of 2006" -- "It's hilarious, heartbreaking and achingly true." - 12/28/2006 Rolling Stone, p.118


5 stars out of 5 -- "Full of eccentric but believable characters, witty dialogue and pitch-perfect performances....Touching, hilarious and quirky..." - 03/01/2007 Ultimate DVD, p.104


"A dysfunctional-family comedy with a difference -- the function progresses from dys to full and loving." - 04/02/2010 Wall Street Journal

 
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