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  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Newmarket Press,U.S.; First Edition edition (22 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557047707
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557047700
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 0.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 402,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The script is dark but refreshing, and Arndt is certainly a writer with something to say, commenting on America's obsessions with beauty and winning." -- Jeff Sneider

"It's difficult to convey the sheer joy of watching these characters interact. It's testament to the naturalness of Arndt's screenplay that this movie feels less like a scripted narrative and more like a spectacularly successful improv exercise." -- Jessica Reaves

"Screenwriter Michael Arndt Ýis¨ an awesomely original voice in a profession that rewards imitation. I like to think Little Miss Sunshine dropped from celluloid heaven as a sign that, despite continual evidence to the contrary, movie miracles still happen. You'll be delighted, if a bit breathless from laughing, to be along for the ride." -- Ruthe Stein

About the Author

Michael Arndt, the screenwriter, lives in New York City. Little Miss Sunshine is his first produced screenplay.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris make their feature film directorial debut with Little Miss Sunshine. The married team has already built an impressive body of innovative projects as directors and producers in a variety of mediums, collaborating together on over 75 projects in film, television, commercials, and music videos.

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris make their feature film directorial debut with Little Miss Sunshine. The married team has already built an impressive body of innovative projects as directors and producers in a variety of mediums, collaborating together on over 75 projects in film, television, commercials, and music videos.


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Simply fantastic read.
For any aspiring screenwriter or filmmaker, this piece of magic by Michael Arndt is a must read.
Thoroughly enjoyable and inspiring.
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I love this so so much. I love the film, and I love being able to read the script as well. The colour images are a brilliant addition.
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This is great and has been really helpful as a guide to my own writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful 30 Mar. 2007
By Ruth Bell - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a delightful script. The shared goal of all the characters provides the reader with a warmth and investment in the characters individual journeys. It's so funny and touching. I also appreciated the scripts editing process that Arndt provides for us at the end of the screenplay. It is a valuable learning tool for those who are interested in writing screenplays.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fun, educational read 4 Oct. 2008
By K. Wade - Published on Amazon.com
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Little Miss Sunshine is one of very few movies that literally left me with my mouth hanging open as I left the theater, exclaiming about how well written and produced it was. Then I attended a screenwritnig lecture by Michael Arndt, and later had the opportunity to attend a screening of the movie where he answered questions. Fascinating guy who really understands his craft.

The Shooting Script is a great read, and Michael lets us peak behind the script at sections that were changed in the actual shooting, and several times comments on how wise the directors were when they cut out scenes that are in the script. He also reveals places where ad libs added to the spontaneity of the finished product. The book is fun to read, not just because it's a great script, but because you'll learn about the craft of screenwriting.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating tale of dreams 24 Oct. 2011
By Ana Barlow - Published on Amazon.com
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Little Miss Sunshine is a story about dreams. Not about achieving them, but about failing at them.

Not only does each character have his or her own personal (seemingly unattainable) dream, the delightfully droll decrepit 1960's yellow VW Bus that carries them to the land of milk and honey (Ventura, California) is in itself a metaphor for the channel to attain one's highest ambitions.

The most captivating aspect of the story is that nearly all the characters (arguably all of them) do not achieve their dreams, but rather "crash and burn" as the saying goes. Consider "Olive" for example - the lead role played by Abigail Breslin (Signs, My Sister's Keeper). Olive dreams to win the national "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty contest. I take heed to reserve excessive commentary in respect for spoiling the ending, but the surprise finale is a perfect summation of the moral of the story: One does not always have to reach the ending point of the dream in order to learn something, or in order for that dream to have been a success and a value. It is often the road towards the goal that is more important than the goal itself.

Performance by Steve Carrel is praiseworthy, as always, and it is interesting to see the actor out of a humour role and plunged into what is quite a dark and morbid character.

Also of note is Paul Dano - somewhat of a burgeoning newbie who nonetheless delivers an impressive take on a modernist vow of silence.

I would definitely recommend reading this script, as well as viewing the movie multiple times, as the depth and innovation in storytelling deserve due consideration.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fun 3 Mar. 2010
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I purchased this book for one of my college classes. It is an excellent script. There is a lot of tasteful humor, yet very touching moments. One of the main concepts of the script - about family differences - will appeal to everyone. This isn't a story where people will go "that's absurd" or "these characters are really boring". To prove this, here is briefly what some of the major characters are like:
Richard - obsessed with winners and losers. Not very successful. An annoyance to the family at many times - and hilarious to the readers.
Olive - cute, young girl who has large aspirations. unconfident in herself.
Dwayne - determined, interesting. Often, he represents what the readers are thinking.
The grandfather is somewhat crazy with his habits, Sheryl is very preoccupied, and Frank is very depressed.
Most readers can identify with at least one of these characters.

When all of them clash, expect some strong language, many hysterical moments, and some sweet family conversations.

Also, the tips the writer includes are very informative and helpful. There is also a lot of explanation of how and why certain scenes were changed in the movie.
With an excellent format, and being easy to read (even with 6 main characters), this script is perfect for many film students.
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just the script 27 Dec. 2010
By Ars Gratia Artis - Published on Amazon.com
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What sets this script above others published by Newmarket Press is not only the strength of the story (it won the Oscar for the best original screenplay in 2006), but the screen notes by its author, Michael Arndt. In his notes, Arndt explains why scome scenes were written the way they were, why some where shot differently than originally written, why some were omitted in the final cut. Aspiring screenwriters will find his notes informative as well those interested in the creative and collaborative process.
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