“Little Miss Sunshine”

 Little Miss Sunshine

FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: Tonight, I saw the bright, but dark movie “Little Miss Sunshine” which stars Abigail Breslin (Zombieland, Rango), Greg Kinnear (You’ve Got Mail, As Good as It Gets), Toni Collette (The Way Way Back, The Sixth Sense), Steve Carell (The Office, The 40-Year-Old Virgin), PaulDano (Looper, 12 Years a Slave), and Alan Arkin (Grudge Match, Get Smart). It is directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris (Ruby Sparks, The Smashing Pumpkins: 1991-2000 Greatest Hits Video Collection). This movie follows a dysfunctional family called the Hoovers. The father of the house, Richard (Kinnear), is trying to bring his family out of debt by making a risky outreach to get his self-help or self-success nine-step program out there in the world and is failing at getting it to launch. His wife Sheryl (Collette) is fed up with waiting and now her plate gets even more full when she finds out that her brother, Frank (Carell), tried to commit suicide, but failed. They have two kids named Dwayne (Dano) who keeps to himself and has taken a vow of silence to discipline himself for his dream job of being a jet pilot, and Olive (Breslin), who dreams to become the next Little Miss Sunshine, which is like a Miss America, but for little girls. Their grandfather, Edwin (Arkin), also lives with them and is a dirty, heroin user that likes to crack jokes and explain how you should live your life. Even though they have a lot of bad luck, one day they get a message on their home phone saying that Olive got in to be a contestant for the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. Since her father wants there to be success in the family and is trying to work something with his nine-step program, he gets the family to take a road trip to California to get Olive into the pageant so she can win.


To sum up this movie, I would say that it is different. The plot focuses on trying to show the light in dark situations. The whole time I was watching this movie, I felt sad at their problems, but couldn’t help but laugh at parts because of the jokes. It brings out a lot of realism in this movie and it shows a lesson of trying to make good of what bad is handed to you. The characters are great and fun to watch. All of them (the family) play a key part in the story in their own ways and you build a relationship with them as the film progresses and that is what a movie should do with their characters. All the acting is great, with several people I have seen in movies and TV before. It was fun to see Bryan Cranston (Godzilla [2014], Breaking Bad) and Dean Norris (Under the Dome, Total Recall [1990]) in this movie having them both be “Breaking Bad” alums. Also seeing Mel Rodriguez (The Last Man on Earth, Better Call Saul) was great. I think my favorite out of all of them was Alan Arkin. Almost all of his scenes made me laugh, even though his jokes were the dirtiest. I have a few cons with this movie. The first would be how the dialogue can get a little dull at times. Mainly when the funny jokes are over. The other would be how there are some parts that I wish that didn’t happen (I won’t spoil anything), which makes the movie sadder and unfortunate. Other than those, this movie is great and meaningful and I recommend anyone to watch it! FINAL SCORE: 86%= Juicy Popcorn

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