Little Miss Sunshine

2006

Action / Comedy / Drama

148
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 91%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 91%
IMDb Rating 7.8 10 397204

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Cast

Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover
Bryan Cranston as Stan Grossman
Steve Carell as Frank Ginsberg
Toni Collette as Sheryl Hoover
720p.BLU
650.39 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 41 min
P/S 10 / 133

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Syl 9 / 10

A real loser is someone who's so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try.

When I heard Alan Arkin's name as winner of the Academy Award for Actor in a Supporting Role, I couldn't be more happier. Arkin was well-deserved of this ultimate honor. Arkin played Grandpa who encourages his granddaughter, Olive, in Albuquerque, New Mexico to travel to Long Beach, California to complete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Too expensive to fly, they drive in a yellow unreliable van experiencing one adventure after another. It's an enjoyable film overall.

Reviewed by Anish Misra 10 / 10

Little Miss Sunshine Review

Little Miss Sunshine is a film directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. I had heard of this film once from my friend who would go on praising the film. Yesterday night when I had nothing to see my sister suddenly decided to see this. After the film finished, I was just flabbergasted.

Plot: A road trip is taken by the Hoover family from Albuquerque to Los Angeles to attend the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant for their young daughter, Olive.

Story and direction: The film has a very simple story but yet its heart is in the right place. Although the film revolves around only 6 characters, but yet they are so varied. I felt an instant connection with all the characters. The pace of the story is good also. Never do you feel a dull moment. It's comedy which is in bits and pieces also works. Kudos to Micheal Arndt for the wonderful writing. Considering the budget in which the film was made, the result is awesome. The troubles and ways to get out of those troubles with a smile is perfectly shown in this film. The film gives the perfect message that whatever happens, just never give up. The film had such authenticity in its feel which is what attracted me even more to the film.

Performances: Greg Kinnear was great. Toni Collette was awesome too. I didn't know Steve Carell was such a talented actor. He nailed this role. Paul Dano was awesome too. Alan Arkin was exceelent as the foul mouthed elderly member. Abigail Breslin was good too. My heart went out for her. It was good to see Bryan Cranston and Dean Norris although they have roles in only one scene.

Favorite Scene: The scene where Olive doubts about her position in the competition and then Edwin instills confidence in her was my favorite scene. This particular scene perfectly defined the main theme that the film was going for.

Verdict: This 101 minute ride is worth the watch. This again goes to prove that with the right talent and the right script, the film can work wonders. It's a must watch for those who feel they haven't achieved anything in life.

It gets a well deserved 10/10.

Reviewed by classicsoncall 7 / 10

"Okay, everybody just pretend to be normal, okay?"

Any other year and I don't think this film gets nominated for a Best Picture award. Heck, a couple that were bypassed by "Little Miss Sunshine" at the 2007 Academy Awards were "The Last King of Scotland" and "Blood Diamond". So right there I have to reassess my first comment and say that I don't know how this picture got nominated in any case. The idea stunned me a decade ago and still stuns me today.

That's not to say the picture isn't entertaining. I liked it well enough, although making it a lot more family friendly would have required Alan Arkin's Grandpa to clean things up in the language department. I know what the film makers were trying to do with his character but it seemed off-putting to me. At least Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) got to wear the headphones for part of his routine to take some of the edge off, at least for her.

So whether it was intended or not, the picture did make a pretty good point of how vapid these beauty contests are for pre-teenage girls. Every one of them besides Olive looked like they were made from plastic with the phony smiles and strutting mannerisms to go with the outfits and the hair-dos. The spray-on tan kid was a bonus. That's why it was so great when Olive went into her dance routine to blow away any pretense of professionalism for the hideous parents who preen their kids at such an early age to be Miss Perfect. I guess you can tell I'm not a fan of the whole concept.

Good work here by a nice ensemble cast headed by Greg Kinnear, the motivational speaker who can't land a gig, and his dysfunctional family that actually gets things right every once in a while. The scene of Olive getting her brother (Paul Dano) to come out of his self imposed shell was particularly touching. And there were some good life lessons and revealing insights along the way that one might take heed of. Like sarcasm is the refuge of losers, high school makes for one's prime suffering years, and if you wanna fly, you'll find a way to fly. Some of those don't even require all nine steps.

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