Sunday, August 20, 2006
Movie Reviews: LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE
The Hoover family (Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Paul Dano) and their 7-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), travel from Albuquerque, N.M., to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, Calif.
Cast Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano
Director(s) Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Writer(s) Michael Arndt
Status In theaters (limited)
Genre(s) Comedies, Black Comedy, Theatrical Release, Road Trips, Road Movies
Release Date July 28, 2006 limited; Aug. 4, 2006 expands
Running Time 101 minutes
MPAA Rating R - for language, some sex and drug content.
Quirky wouldnt sufficiently describe Little Miss Sunshine; I dont think theres a word that could quite cover its lovable insanity. It the kind of odd ball black comedy that comes along once in a while that just gets it right. The movie manages to be pitch dark at moments but it never head off into these moments without excellently placed moments of levity to balance the whole thing out. The ensemble cast is perfect, each believable in there own strange way. Alan Arkin is a real scene stealer as the loving if off kilter grandfather. Abigail Breslin is just an adorable child and really plays the part of Olive extremely well. Be warned that this movie has no problem leaping over any taboos and making light of them. What Little Miss Sunshine does so well is it balances these varying elements and still main a sweet heartfelt center that makes the movie work so well. This movie is a real jewel and I hope the critics remember it when award season come around.