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Little Miss Sunshine [Blu-ray]

Greg Kinnear , Steve Carell , Jonathan Dayton , Valerie Faris    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (192 customer reviews)
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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 (192 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001JK6P72
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 23,606 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



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

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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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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 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.
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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.
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