Sammy (2bass) wrote in gleamingreviews,

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

My rating: 5/5
Status: I've seen this movie twice in theatres, the first time at a free screening.
Date of first viewing: August 3rd, 2006

Director: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Written by: Michael Arndt
Release date: July 26th, 2006 (limited)
Stars: Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell
Summary: The Hoover family treks from Albuquerque to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, to fulfill the deepest wish of 7-year-old Olive, an ordinary little girl with big dreams. Along the way the family must deal with crushed dreams, heartbreaks, and a broken-down VW bus, leading up to the surreal Little Miss Sunshine competition itself. On their travels through this bizarre landscape, the Hoovers learn to trust and support each other along the path of life, no matter what the challenge. (IMDb)

My thoughts: I LOVED this movie. It's one of the best I've seen lately. The characters were funny and very likeable. Some people complain that the characters are too quirky, but their quirks are what made me love the movie. Paul Dano managed to give an amazing performance, even though he didn't talk for most of the movie. Steve Carell is hilarious, as always. Abigail Breslin shines as the innocent, average child in the midst of this crazy family. The acting is perfect. This movie made me laugh so hard I was in tears! I was lucky enough to get tickets to a free screening a few weeks before it was released here, and everyone in the theatre was laughing hysterically. A great movie which I recommend to EVERYONE. If you haven't seen it yet, I encourage you to do so. You won't regret it. *****
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