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Little Miss Sunshine [DVD] [2006]

Abigail Breslin , Greg Kinnear , Jonathon Dayton , Valerie Faris    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette
  • Directors: Jonathon Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Producers: Marc Turtletaub, Albert Berger, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Ron Yerxa
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 22 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (200 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU9OJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,437 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Heartwarming comedy follows a dysfunctional family on a frantic road trip across the US in a decrepit Volkswagen van to deliver their youngest to a chld beauty pageant on time. Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) is an ordinary little girl, perhaps even on the plain side as far as looks go but she has a dream cast in stone - to win the Little Miss Sunshine child beauty pageant. Her heroin-snorting grandfather (Alan Arkin) coaches her in some rather unorthodox and grown-up techniques - when he's not on the nod. Her mum (Toni Collette) and dad (Greg Kinnear) are at each other's throat because dad has sunk their entire worth into a self-help business that's a total non-starter. Her philosophically-constipated older brother (Paul Dano) has taken a vow of nihilistic silence and her suicidal gay uncle (Steve Carell) has come to stay for a while after yet another failed attempt to cash out early. Has Olive got a chance? No, she hasn't, but it's the journey that matters, not the destination - ultimately the message of this touching comedy.

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Pile together a blue-ribbon cast, a screenplay high in quirkiness, and the Sundance stamp of approval, and you've got yourself a crossover indie hit. That formula worked for Little Miss Sunshine, a frequently hilarious study of family dysfunction. Meet the Hoovers, an Albuquerque clan riddled with depression, hostility, and the tattered remnants of the American Dream; despite their flakiness, they manage to pile into a VW van for a weekend trek to L.A. in order to get moppet daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) into the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Much of the pleasure of this journey comes from watching some skillful comic actors doing their thing: Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette as the parents (he's hoping to become a self-help authority), Alan Arkin as a grandfather all too willing to give uproariously inappropriate advice to a sullen teenage grandson (Paul Dano), and a subdued Steve Carell as a jilted gay professor on the verge of suicide. The film is a crowd-pleaser, and if anything is a little too eager to bend itself in the direction of quirk-loving Sundance audiences; it can feel forced. But the breezy momentum and the ingenious actors help push the material over any bumps in the road. -- Robert Horton

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best indie flick of 2006!! 16 Dec 2006
By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
This was another one of those films I know too little about when I saw it. That was the best thing about it. It was a complete surprise and was one of the most touching and humourous films of the year.

The old story of a dysfunctional family coming together through tough times to realise that their family really is quite special, has never been done with such skill as this.

You dont feel bogged down in any setimentality. You just enjoy the ride. Trust me its a fun ride! The characters are superb. Little Miss Sunshine herself being an extremely lovable lead. Then you have grouchy Granpa and suicidal Uncle (Steve Carrell on top form). The ruthless "must win everything" father and the caring doting mother aswell as the moody and silent older brother.

Some of the set peices will go down in history, such as, the hilarious van they use to drive cross-country. To start it up they have to push until they are going fast enough to jump gears.

This carries a strong message of family values, but doesnt ram it in your face! Its a well crafted, funny, touching and entertaining film which deserves to be watched and adored by all.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Satisfyingly un-Hollywood feelgood movie 20 Dec 2007
By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Looking for yet another Rom-com to cheer you up, where you know exactly how it will end...? Apply elsewhere! This is a movie that takes its good time in getting to the feel-good part, but does so with such a compellingly dysfunctional family of characters that you'll feel enriched for staying on board to the end.
The stalls are set out from the get go, when we meet each of the principal characters of the family, as different as could be. When the young daughter has a chance to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant (scary that such events exist), they all up and leave en masse in the yellow VW minivan for a memorable road trip. The worldly and outspoken grandpa, the suicidal brother, the relatively normal mother trying to keep the family on track, the father obsessed with success but unable to grasp it himself, the rebelling teenager in a vow of silence.. all are thrown into close proximity for the journey to California. Add a seriously temperamental VW minibus, and the stage is set for some soul searching, reality checks, pathos and humour.
As a comedy, this is certainly no exercise in hilarity or slapstick.... but it will leave you smiling, and it WILL leave you talking about it after the DVD is back in the case.. what better compliment could there be.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Right, so there it is!! Offbeat dark comedy with uplifting and life enhancing scenes illustrating impressive family and life moral issues??? Yup!! That's the sum of its parts! Good acting in relatively superficial characters that somehow provide a very enjoyable experience from beginning to end!!

That's what this is!! The wonderful sum of its dark yet accessible parts! Genious, more of this.....
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Are you gonna win?" 19 Aug 2007
Format:DVD
This is one of the funniest movies I have seen in the last few years. This is the result of a combination of fascinating characters, great dialogues and outstanding performances by an all-star cast. On top of that, the final scene is so unexpected and hilarious that you will be rolling on the floor laughing.

Olive is a seven-year-old girl whose hobby is to compete in pageants. She spends a lot of time practicing her routine and watching recordings of the Miss America pageant and mimicking the gestures of the competitors. She has one of the most dysfunctional and peculiar families you can think of. Her father, Richard, has created a nine-step program to transform people into winners. He is trying to get a publisher for the book, "Refuse to Lose", and the economic future of the family depends on the success of this enterprise. Her mother, Sheryl, likes to be brutally honest, feeds her family chicken out of a bucket every night and hides her smoking habit. Sheryl also has to deal with the suicide attempt by her brother, uncle Frank. Olive's grandpa also lives with the family. The old man is Olive's coach and has a drug addiction. Finally, there is the brother, Dwayne, who has promised not to talk until he is accepted into the Air Force and who idolizes the German philosopher Nietzsche.

The dialogues are so good that it is unreal. For example, the honest approach of Sheryl led to a discussion during dinner in which Frank ended up explaining about his suicide attempt. But this carried further, since one of the reasons for it was being rejected by his male lover. Imagine the faces and comments of a seven-year-old when hearing about this! During this dinner, Olive finds out that the girl she lost to in the regional Little Miss Sunshine pageant has withdrawn from the finals.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie 25 April 2007
By Matt
Format:DVD
I really liked 'Little Miss Sunshine' for a couple of reasons - the acting by all of the cast members was really good. Toni Collette particularly was really good, capturing a lot of the subtleties of her character. She and Greg Kinnear also had a really good chemistry as the couple struggling with money pressures and a number of dysfunctional family members. Steve Carell is really good as troubled 'Frank', one of the best minds in the country who's tried to commit suicide after falling in love with a student. He plays the role with humour, poignancy and intelligence, casting a critical eye on the Dad's (Kinnear) failed 9-step plan to success. Collette, who's 'pro-honesty', decides not to hide the reasons for Frank's injuries from young Olive, her daughter who's desperate to complete in the LMS beauty pagent. But there's more to this family - Grandad's being thrown out of his retirement home for smoking heroin, remarking re drug use 'when you're old you're crazy not to'; and Dwayne has taken a 9-month vow of silence and looks to continue until he reaches flight school.
The script is fresh, original and fairly humourous with interesting characters. Its true that it would be interesting to learn more of Frank's troubles prior to his suicide attempt, but its almost like all of the characters are enduring their own 'struggles' privately - Mum's smoking, Grandad's doing drugs, Dad and Dwayne are bottling up their anxieties. Only Frank and Olive seem oddly trouble free - Frank because he's been sacked and has nothing to do, but accompany the family on their road trip to the pagent; and Olive because of her innocent ambitions to win the pagent. The film is really about the strength of familial bonds, no matter what and it is a satisfying movie!
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5.0 out of 5 stars ... you have not watched this movie I would thoughly recommend it. It...
If you have not watched this movie I would thoughly recommend it. It is a bit dark but brilliantly acted and all my family love it (I have teenagers) so much so that my 21 year... Read more
Published 16 days ago by Bridie Gill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Funny fun quirky film, great stuff!
Published 19 days ago by adamski
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A darkly humorous road trip that rips apart the fabric of the American dream
Published 25 days ago by MISS ANNA CLARK
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Fantastic film - delivered in good order thank you
Published 1 month ago by Emerald Mermaid
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good
Published 1 month ago by methven54
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Nonsense redeemed by a complete lack of approval of the beauty pageant
Published 1 month ago by JOHN HUGH STEWART
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Very funny
Published 2 months ago by Hunny
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing
One of the best films I've ever seen; up lifting, amusing and thought provoking. Seen it at least 7 times now and wouldnt pass up on watching it again.
Published 2 months ago by Nathan
5.0 out of 5 stars I love this DVD
I love this DVD. It has to be one of my favourites. I love the the dance seen at the end. So so funny and very heartwarming. I highly recommend.
Published 3 months ago by helene graves
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
Bought this on recommendation but not quite my cup of tea.
Published 3 months ago by james thornberry
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