Monday, February 26, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine

What a terrific movie! Quirky, brilliant, understated, heart-warming, thought-provoking, dark, delightful-- a simply wonderful film! It tells the story of a disfunctional family that is determined to get their young daughter to the finals of Little Miss Sunshine pageant across country. Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Sheryl (Toni Collette) star as the parents of Olive (Abigail Breslin) the young, bespectacled, unexpected beauty queen. Paul Dano is Dwayne, the teenage Nietzsche-reading brother of Olive. Steve Carrell plays Frank, Sheryl's sucidal brother and Alan Arkin is Grandpa. I thought that beauty pageants as a whole were deserving of more mocking, but other than that, this movie was truly awesome.

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