Review: Little Miss Sunshine

“Little Miss Sunshine”
Run time: 1:41

The darling of this year’s Sundance, “Little Miss Sunshine” is a dark comedy/road trip/dysfuntional family movie that gives a wonderful cast a wonderful script to work with. Directed by MTV Video Awards winners Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this movie is full of stereotypical characters, but it is so well acted that none of the characters seem derivative or cutouts. The plot is set around the family’s trek from New Mexico to California to get their youngest daughter to the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant – hence the title. Greg Kinnear and Toni Collete are the parents taking young Olive (the adorable Abigail Breslin) to the event. Accompanying them are their oldest son, who has taken a vow of silence (excellently played by Paul Dano), Kinnear’s acerbic father (Alan Arkin) and Collette’s suicidal, homosexual brother (“The Office’s” Steve Carrell).

It did get slow right before the 3rd act, but the ending had me laughing so hard I couldn’t see or breathe, and I think I might have dribbled a bit in my shorts.


Rating: 4.5 out of 5

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