Recently I was contemplating making a list of my favorite scenes in film, but I decided that instead of just…
Little Miss Sunshine
Everyone just pretend to be normal.
Little Miss Sunshine is a comedy about a family of six who are all having a mental breakdown at the same time. To ease their mental lows they decide to take a cross country road trip to a “Little Miss Sunshine” contest that their daughter has qualified for. An Academy Award winning comedy with memorable performances from its all actors.
A bittersweet ray of sunshine caught in a yellow van filled with actors who have rarely been better.
It also has one of the best dance routines ever put to film.
There's a lot more to say about this film, but in the end it will always boil down to this:
Watch it, embrace it, love it.
And that I did.
You know what? Fuck beauty contests.
The 2006 indie darling not only holds up 7 years later but is probably better then most comedies coming out today. It's a deceivingly colorful, lighthearted black comedy that takes an honest approach on how families that have already had "life experiences" deal with attempted suicide, drug use, depression and individual delusionment.
The cast couldn't have possibly been better across the board with Alan Arkin and Steve Carell possibly stealing the show. Arkin is able to give the loud attention stealing performance as the crazy yet brutally honest grand father while Carell gives a surprising great nuanced performance as a suicidal gay scholar.
At the center of it all of course you have 10 year old Abigail Breslin as Olive Hoover who is the personification of young innocence. The manner they take the piss out of beauty pageants at the end of this film is simply brilliant.
"You do what you love, and fuck the rest."
Little Miss Sunshine is a unique little indie film, which shines in its humour and emotional poignancy. An evidently smaller-budget film, with a top-notch cast - it is one of those films that never seems to get old despite the number of times you may watch it. It popped up in my free movie box, and I couldn't stop myself from pressing play.
A story of a dysfunctional family, stemming from the suicidal uncle, the grandpa who snorts heroin, to the mute, angry brother - the film brings you on a touching story, exploring the different relationships and experiences of each character. It not only addresses some discomforting messages, regarding beauty…
I do not condone of sexualizing little girls in beauty pageants or strip clubs.
A little girl stripping at a beauty pageant (as long as she keeps her clothes on) is just hilarious to me.
Jam-packed with laughs and memorable moments from start to finish.
The indie credentials are written all over this from the very start. A top notch cast leaving the blockbusters behind to star in an emotional roller-coaster of a film with charm and melancholy writ large in bold letters, this a little gem of a film. From the suicidal Steve Carell to Paul Dano's Nietzsche obsessed angry teenager, it's clear this is going to be a little bit different.
Alan Arkin is one of those actors who has gotten better the older he's got. Maybe it's the better roles or the superior writing that suits his personality and delivery, who knows, I just know he's become a much more interesting proposition in the last decade or so. He picked up an…
Will always love this film.
Another reason why Steve Carell is one of my favourite actors ever when it comes to serious roles. With one of the most hilarious ending scenes in a film, this is one of the best black comedies of all time.
It doesn't matter how many times I rewatch this film, every little roadblock this family comes up against is perfectly, heartbreakingly, hilariously rendered. Remember when Abigail Breslin was this cute?
Walter and Hank from Breaking Bad are in it?
Just noticed that.
The quintessential quirky indie-comedy. None better.
My fave childhood film
Gotta love this family
Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, this 101-minute dramedy follows a family (Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin) embarking on a cross-country trip in their VW bus to get their young daughter (Abigail Breslin) into the finals of a beauty pageant. The best aspect of this film is the story. What a script. Michael Arndt (Toy Story 3, co-writer of The Force Awakens) fantastic job on his first writing credit. Every member of the family stands out with a specific quirk or goal in mind. With six characters, it's amazing that all of them received great arcs that made me care about each of them. The acting is top notch. Steve Carell plays a surprisingly…
A lot more pre-Moonrise Kingdom Wes Anderson than I remember, but that mostly works in it's favour.
All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Every film that has ever been nominated for an Academy Award in any category. Enjoy!