Little Miss Sunshine

Directors: Jonothan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Writer: Michael Arndt
Released: January 2006
Featuring: Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin and Alan Arkin

Okay, if you adored the humour of Juno, you will fall madly in love with this film! It was full of that dry, black humour where you don’t know if you should laugh or cry. It has that “typical family” quality where you can relate to every character because we all know somebody like them.

The whole family on a twisted road trip

I mean, who doesn’t know a teenage boy who refuses to speak, a grandfather who is a heroin addict, a gay uncle who is suicidal and a father who is a failed life coach.

So Olive (Abigail Breslin) wants to compete in a beauty pageant which is a good one-and-a-half day’s drive. And with an unpredictably suicidal uncle (Steve Carell) who can not be left by himself, the whole family decides to go.

Of course, with a concoction like that, something is bound to not go to plan. But you’re wrong! Nothing actually goes to plan!

The main character, Olive is played by Abigail Breslin who was the perfect choice! Actually, not even that – the only choice to play Olive. She was an incredible actress! You automatically like her and root for her despite her being totally innocent and naive… Like every seven year old should be… But with the most amount of confidence.
Toni Collette plays the mother, Sheryl Hoover incredibly well! She has always been one of my favourite actresses and this part is no exception to showing off her talent.

I thoroughly enjoyed the adventures and triumphs with a lot of deep and meaningful messages throughout the film. To cherish family, to support each other and, above all, that being different gives you a huge advantage in life! By being something that most people laugh at, makes humanity seem even funnier.

A film that will make you laugh and cry, as well as reconsider your priorities in life.

If you want a life coach, don’t choose Richard (Greg Kinnear), choose Little Miss Sunshine.

Connie’s rating: 8.5/10

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I am a journalism graduate (2014) from New Zealand. I enjoy writing on my blog about films and songs, plus the odd random thought. Currently working as a writer in UK. Follow me on Twitter @NZFilmFreak and like my Facebook page NZ Film Freak. Follow my travels around the world www.jodiehart.co.nz
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