Little Miss Sunshine 2006

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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.

Starring:
Alan Arkin,Steve Carell
Runtime:
1 hour, 42 minutes

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Little Miss Sunshine

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action & Adventure, Indie & Arthouse, Comedy
Director Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton
Starring Alan Arkin, Steve Carell
Supporting actors Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By T. Cosens TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2006
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 By Mr. Stephen Kennedy TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Dec. 2007
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 By Mr. C. A. Lillie on 8 July 2007
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sebastian Fernandez on 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ben Ripley on 25 Jan. 2007
Format: DVD
This movie was the highlight of cinema releases in 2006.

I went to see it twice at the cinema and have just watched my DVD and I still laughed until I cried.

If someone had told me beforehand that I was going to love a movie about an American dysfunctional family taking a road trip to a beauty pageant in California, I would have scoffed in their faces. I would also have had to eat some humble pie afterwards.

The film works because of so many perfect ingredients.

Firstly, the casting is divine. Toni Collette is an incredibly talented actress, Greg Kinnear does understated comedy so well and Alan Arkin is (as always) a consumate actor.

Paul Dano's performance is subtle and brilliant as the sulky teenager (the most realistic teenager protrayed on screen for years) and Steve Carrell is having his finest moment as wounded Proust scholar Frank.

It has to be said though that Abigail Breslin steals this movie. She is the most delightful, entertaining and briliant child actors for years. Her performance as Olive is the sweetest, most touching and hilarious.

The script is wonderfully polished to the point where each character is so terrifically defined, you come away from the movie wanting to know what happened to each and every one of them afterwards.

The biggest credit has to go to the directors who spent a long time pouring their hearts and souls into this movie, desperately trying to get funding to get it made. And thank goodness they did.

Little Miss Sunshine is one of the most fantastic, heart-warming and cheerful movies to come out of America for a very long time.

As for the extras on the DVD; I would have liked to have had a few behind the scenes documentaries, but the four alternate endings are intriguing and the commentary is very informative.

Maybe there will be a two-disc special edition one day...
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