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Little Miss Sunshine [Blu-ray]

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  • Actors: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Subtitles: English, Mandarin Chinese, Korean, Cantonese Chinese, Portuguese, Spanish, Taiwanese Chinese
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Twentieth Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: 9 Feb 2009
  • Run Time: 103 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (210 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JK6P72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,522 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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It’s good to see the Blu-ray market maturing to the point where even a charming indie film like Little Miss Sunshine gets to benefit from a high definition upgrade. And a terrific ensemble movie it is too, that rightly notched itself a Best Picture Oscar nomination, and even managed to take home a prize or two.

The concept behind Little Miss Sunshine is really quite simple. When, out of the blue, the Hoover family’s young daughter Olive (played by the charming Abigail Breslin) gets a place at the Little Miss Sunshine pageant of the film’s title, it’s the catalyst for a family road trip across Australia. Much of the film is spent cataloguing said journey, and it proves to be a minefield of comedy and drama. Alan Arkin’s Grandpa, a role which won him an Oscar, snares the majority of laughs, but with a strong cast that also features Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Paul Dano (who would follow this up with this career-best turn in There Will Be Blood), the production simply drips with quality.

What’s particularly satisfying about Little Miss Sunshine, which looks razor sharp and improved over the DVD in its Blu-ray guise, is that it keeps its momentum running right through to its excellent final act. Too often, films waste a good build up on a poor ending, but that’s absolutely not the case here. In short, it remains a little gem of a film, and it’s great to see it get a high definition upgrade. --Simon Brew

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5 stars

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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
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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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