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Little Miss Sunshine [DVD] [2006]

Abigail Breslin , Greg Kinnear , Jill Talley , Jonathon Dayton    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (189 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette
  • Directors: Jill Talley, Jonathon Dayton
  • Producers: Marc Turtletaub, Devotchka, Albert Berger, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf
  • 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 (189 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000JU9OJ4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,488 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Best indie flick of 2006!! 16 Dec 2006
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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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
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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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars fantastic viewing 16 April 2007
By Flipper
This is one of the best films I've watched for ages.... touching, quirky, well acted and hilarious. It made me laugh out loud several times!

This is definitely a film that I will watch again. Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Indie Film 14 Feb 2007
Went to see this little gem at the cinema when it came out and I would strongly recommend it. Even if it turned out to be tosh it would have been worth watching for the great cast alone. You've got Toni Collete, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carrol and the greatest supporting actor ever (and the original inspector Cleuseou fact finders) Alan Arkin. The script is great funny yet not lightweight, offbeat without being overly weird and quirky. The chemistry between the cast is magic, particularly the relationship between Steve Carrol (in his first "straight role") and Alan Arkin. Greg Kinnear is also definately warming on me, he is always credible and he always chooses really interesting projects like this, Nurse Betty or Autofocus. Plus it is a road movie and road movies are always good, even if they're bad!!!
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66 of 73 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "Don't apologize. It's a sign of weakness." 20 Dec 2006
By A Customer
In a movie with some of the most beautifully drawn characters I've seen in a movie this year, Little Miss Sunshine proves that being a success in life often comes from deep within the heart and that love can come where you least expect it. It doesn't take long to figure out that dysfunction is the order of the day in Hoover family of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Grandpa (Alan Arkin) is a bitter old hippy who swears profusely and does heroin. Dad (Greg Kinnear) has hopes to publish a dreary nine-step program that asks people to banish their inner losers and be winners. Chubby little Olive (a lovely Abigail Breslin) is determined to become a prepubescent beauty queen, the winner of the Little Miss Sunshine.

Olive's sullen brother (Paul Dano) wants to join the air force and hasn't spoken for nine months and his uncle Frank (Steve Carell) is America's most renowned Proust scholar who has just tried to commit suicide after his boyfriend dumped him.

Leave it to Mom (Toni Collette) the only one of this weird bunch who seems to be grounded yet who gravitates between simmering resentment of her husband and an aching desire to keep her family together. She obviously loves them all but she's too distracted to cook; it's all KFC and Pepsi night after night.

But when the cute owl-eyed Olive finds out that she has a serious chance of winning the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California, no one can decide who should go with her, so the whole Hoover bunch piles into a Volkswagen bus so that Olive can take her shot at the crown.

Thus begins their wacky road trip, which full of trouble, where death lies just around the corner and some family secrets are better left unsaid.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sunny, funny joy 30 Nov 2006
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Little Miss Sunshine is an appropriate title for a film which burst onto the independent cinema screens like a surprising, welcome and thoroughly enjoyable slice of art-house comedy. This is a tightly written, well scripted, excellently acted and hilarious film, at turns darkly and self-assuredly black and then riotously slapstick and self deprecating.

The storyline centres around the trans-American adventures of a less than ordinary American family. With Transamerica, the unconventional road trip is obviously the comedy medium of choice in the independent cinema world. The film's very own Little Miss Sunshine is the gloriously unglamorous, vivacious and joyous Olive (Abigail Breslin), the youngest of the family. She wins the opportunity to attend the final of the Little Miss Sunshine pageant after the state winner is disqualified for diet pill abuse.

This should send warning bells for the type of contest she is entering. This is the very dark, very disturbing world of American beauty contest. Eventually the truth is revealed, but first the family have to get there. This involves the suffering rock-like figure of the mom Sheyl (Toni Collette) and the can-do go getting, but ultimately failing author of a self-help book and seminar, the nine steps, dad Richard (Greg Kinnear) eschewing air travel for cost reasons, and loading the family in to a VW camper van.

Along for the ride, and in perfect comedy unison, is the drug snorting, care-home evicted grandfather (whose eventual death provides the central slapstick, and whose last gift is a dance routine for the talent segment of the show that has to be seen to be believed), the mute, difficult teenage brother, who hates the world, his family and loves Nietzsche, and just wants to escape to flying school.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it
not everyones cup of tea, but I think it's one of the best films ever.Very funny, I can watch it again and again and always see something new - IT'S JUST FAB!!!!
Published 25 days ago by Jo
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Delightful comedy. Masterful screenplay. What happens when a child's dream brings together a dysfunctional family. Read more
Published 26 days ago by Dr Antonio Incisa
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful family drama!
I watched this film in preparation for short weekend course - an Introduction to Screenwriting. This film has realistic characters, all with their own intrapersonal conflicts and... Read more
Published 26 days ago by SuMa
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
DVD arrived in excellent condition, another great DVD to add to my collection, I would recommend to friends and family.
Published 2 months ago by Lindy
5.0 out of 5 stars Movie gem.
This was bought as a gift. As it is one of my favourite films I wanted to share the enjoyment.It is so well acted and very funny.
Published 3 months ago by J.Griffin.
5.0 out of 5 stars Happy daughter
I bought this item for my adult daughter as it's her favourite movie & despite 'loaning' it to a friend they never returned her copy. I have not watched the movie... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Angel of Hope
4.0 out of 5 stars Humorous depiction of American stereotypes
This film has a number of funny moments, the father's failing prosperity mantra, the farcical beauty pageant (the subtle differences between the daughters overtly sexualised dance... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Mr. T. A. Mitchell
5.0 out of 5 stars Witty, funny and 'different'
Each cast member is funny, witty and extreme. when forced into a van together the best comes out and happens.....cry with laughter
Published 5 months ago by Doogie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very funny
We laughed until we cried - I watched this with my young teenage boys and we all enjoyed it, I totally recommend this film, on a grey day it really is a blast of sunshine.
Published 5 months ago by A. Julian
5.0 out of 5 stars Capital capital
The plot and the cast are great. It is now one of my favorite films. I find it seriocomic and sweet. Read more
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