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I thought this WAS about flesh eating zombies...
All this talk about flesh-eating freaky movies just makes me wanna watch Lil' Miss Sunshine again. ;) Will this movie ever get old for me? I seriously don't think so. It's just that good.
Oops, I flubbed. Greg Kinnear plays the neurotic Pops, Steve Carrell the depressed Uncle. Seriously, watch this film! ;)
It's hard to express how wonderful this film is. I feel a bit like Dwayne (Paul Dano) in the film, sometimes there just aren't words. I've seen this a number of times, it's a go-to flick for motivation. Journeys, like life, don't often go the way we plan. There are detours. Hiccups. U-Turns. But if this film shows us anything, it's that the journey counts more than the destination. Climb into the VW bus with Dad, neurotic and quazi-motivational Steve Carell, mama bear Toni Collette, angst ridden teenage brother Paul Dano, pot smoking grandpa Alan Arkin, and lil' miss sunshine herself, Abigail Breslin. You'll be in for a journey of riotous laughter, ice cream, and a whole lot of sunshine.
Pure and honest
Entry #28 - Little Miss Sunshine

Yes, that's right...a combo post! Not only was Little Miss Sunshine the best film that I saw on my vacation to California, it was also so good that it immediately gets a place on my Top 50 Favorite Films list. Please do yourself a favor and take the time to see this film if it comes to your area. I'm telling you now - this is going to be the indie hit of the year with viewers (and the box office if it gets a good enough release). It's not only a great independent film with a brilliant script and emotional performances, it is also one of the laugh-out-loud funniest movies that I have seen in a long time. I would say the final scene is by far one of the funniest single scenes ever put on film, and definitely one of my favorites. Abigail Breslin from Signs is just hysterical in this movie, not to mention the rest of the cast. I could barely breathe I was laughing so hard. Hopefully that will convince even just one of you to see this movie - you won't be disappointed
Film: Little Miss Sunshine
Year: 2006
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette

Plot in one sentence: Family full of issues encounters challenges as they try to get their VW van full of issues to California in time for Olive (Breslin) to compete in a beauty pageant for young girls.

What I liked: The finale at the pageant almost made up for the rest of the movie.

What I didn't like: The personal challenges and disappointments faced by each family member were extremely depressing. Quite frankly, I would kill myself if I had their problems. I'm normally a big fan of dark humor, but I think the problems experienced by this family are too realistic to be funny.

Recommended for: People who like sight gags, funny expressions, and well-timed reaction shots.

Artistic (cinematographic vision) rating: 2 out of 5 berets
Feel-good fun rating: 2 out of 5 popcorns
While I was not as blown away by this movie as I'd hoped, it was still a delightful way to spend an evening.

Because this movie received some great reviews (high 90's on Rotten Tomatoes' Tomatometer when I first noticed it) and because Sufjan Stevens had some music in the soundtrack, I decided to sign up for a free advanced screening in Washington, DC.

I'm not a big fan of slapstick, but love quirky humor. This film had quirky humor, some of which was slapstick, some just plain quirky. My husband thought the quirkiness was overcalculated in some spots.

Many of the actors were perfectly cast including Beth Grant as a beauty pagent officer. Her role here was very reminiscent of the role she played as the PE teacher/Sparkle Motion coach in Donnie Darko.

Toni Collette as the loving and empowering mother played the part well. She was more forceful in this film than she'd been in The Sixth Sense.

I found myself laughing so hard during this film that my face began to hurt. Even during the parts that I found to be too slapstick had me giggling.

The musical score was delightful -- not overpowering, just right.

I'm not sure this film will stay with me for long, and I cannot say I will want to see it more than once, but it was a lot of fun while it lasted.

See it in a crowded theater if you can. The laughter of the audience is contagious and adds to the enjoyment of the film.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Believe the hype

April's family is coming for Thanksgiving dinner. There's one problem though, her oven isn't working. She must rely on the kindness of neighbors to help get everything ready in time. She isn't close with her family so she wants everything to be especially perfect. This film has a great supporting cast and everything felt real. Good direction too.
Little Miss Sunshine

This movie should win Best Picture. The acting is great, the soundtrack is great, the writing is great. LMS has you laughing and crying. I was feeling really sick today. My Dad took my to see LMS, and even though I am still feeling shitty, I atleast have a smile on my face. But one thing that pisses me off is that The IMDb's Top 1000 Voters have voted LMS a shitty 4.3 out of 10

I g2g, peace out