Little Miss Sunshine

Release Date: July 26, 2006
Limited release

She just said her first swear!

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1/76 Dan Krovich The funniest movie in years - if the Oscars didn't have an anti-comedy bias, this would contend in several categories.
3/200 Max Braden This comedy got funnier and funnier, with some great dramatic moments. Arkin is excellent.
4/65 Kim Hollis A magnificent comedy about family and following dreams. Steve Carell continues to shine.
8/68 Michael Bentley Just like National Lampoon's Vacation, but funnier, sweeter, and smarter.
28/159 David Mumpower Subversive tale about a dysfunctional family's cross country trip is erratic but oftentimes hilarious.
29/52 Les Winan Not deep enough to sustain the caricatures on screen, the movie is helped immensely by Rick James' Superfreak and the always brilliant Steve Carell.

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One of the most popular entries at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival, Little Miss Sunshine is a unique "family" comedy to say the least. It's developed quite a buzz in the months following its success in Utah, but is it too quirky to strike a chord with the mainstream?

The film follows a dysfunctional family named the Hoovers, who are seeking to fulfill the deepest desire of seven-year-old Olive. She's a seemingly ordinary child on the outside, but she harbors some enormous dreams. She hopes to become the reigning champion at the Little Miss Sunshine Beauty Pageant, and to help her attain that goal, her family will travel from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, California in a broken-down VW Bus. On the way, they'll contend with heartbreak and shattered dreams, and once they arrive at their destination, things take a turn for the surreal. And naturally, since they're a family, they learn more about each other and have a lot of laughter and tears.

Little Miss Sunshine boasts a remarkable cast, and though none of them are *quite* A-listers, they're nonetheless incredibly talented (and one of them, Steve Carell, is teetering right on the edge of breaking out). Along with Carell, featured players include Academy Awards nominees Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin. The kids in the film are Paul Dano (an indie darling from his role in L.I.E.) and Abigail Breslin (Signs). (Kim Hollis/BOP)

Vital statistics for Little Miss Sunshine
Main Cast Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell
Supporting Cast Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear
Director Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Screenwriter Michael Arndt
Distributor Fox Searchlight
Trailer Click Here for Trailer
Rating R
Screen Count 7
Awards Awards page for Little Miss Sunshine
Talent in red has entry in The Big Picture



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