All the films from all the editions, including those subsequently removed, presently totalling 1177. An easy way of seeing how…
Little Miss Sunshine
A family on the verge of a breakdown
A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.
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…
Scavenger Hunt 15 – June 2016
Task # 18: A film featuring a dysfunctional family
This movie has me lost for words no doubt because this is what I consider is the best comedy I had ever seen and impossible for this film to do any wrong. This such a heart melting movie from begin to end where the meaning of a family dysfunction has a new label with the Hoover family. Now preferable I usually enjoy dark comedies( which is a very limited genre), but this has possibly changed my perspective with a 360-degree turn. I don't know I think this film executed the connection between the characters and the audience perfectly with Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano stealing the show with the superb acting. A movie to rewatch where the jokes still will hit you hard with a gutbuster.
Jam-packed with laughs and memorable moments from start to finish.
A father whose every sentence consists of the words winners and losers and gives motivational speech to just a class of seven.
A mother who thinks it is right for her seven yer old to know her uncle's disturbing story.
A brother who has taken a vow of silence because of his realization of Friedrich Nietzsche.
An uncle who attempted suicide because his lover's lover was given an award.
A Grandpa who snorts heroin, teaches his grand daughter nasty moves, tells his grand son to fuck a lot of women, but has the heart of gold to support his son when he loses (Alan Arkin is awesome is this).
A daughter who looks nerdy but believes she is a beauty…
Explore the depths of a not-so-normal American family ...
The Hoover family- where the father is a failing motivational speaker, mother is putting her openly gay suicidal brother under her wing, grandpa is addicted to cocaine, and the son isn't speaking. Don't forget little Olive, the overweight daughter who receives a call that she is able to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California. From there this not-so-normal family takes on the road in an attempt to make Olive's dreams of being crowned become a reality. With struggles and heartbreak along the way the family learns to reconnect in the most oddest of ways.
Self-image and "living up to standards" is mainly what this film is about. The characters themselves are the dropouts of society who live to cope with the world around them.
Se há algo real em toda família é que seus membros são, embora ninguém confesse, um pouco disfuncionais, mas ainda assim todos se amam e tentam se ajudar ao máximo, buscando serem felizes. Nada como uma família disfuncional para ter uma boa história.
Ao saber que foi escolhida para participar de um concurso de miss, uma garotinha embarca junto com seu pai, mãe, irmão, tio e avô em uma viagem para Califórnia para tentar vencer.
Não apenas um filme de viagem muito divertido, com momentos bem constrangedores e hilários, Little Miss Sunshine ganha muitos pontos por fazer com que seus personagens principais sejam humanos ao extremo, cheios de falhas e imperfeições, e por isso muito relacionáveis. Além disso, a boa…
another one of those movies that's so wrapped up in a certain period of my life it's hard for me to talk about with anything approaching some degree of objectivity. i love it.
I've read a few complaints that this is obtuse or overwrought but it feels like living around dysfunctional people who don't understand the dysfunction of everybody else - it's not as funny as, say, Arrested Development, but it is brutally honest and that alone is worth considering this an 'important film' - but moreso there's the fact that the emotional core here is potent the way a wave slowly eroding a mountainside is potent, this crawls into your psyche and just stays there. Just about as good as 'indie-darling' moviemaking gets -- America corrupts the young after making them beautiful. America is damage control.
This was a good film to watch, and I enjoyed many of the jokes, especially the way that they managed to put up with driving across the whole country in a relatively trashed camper van.
Steve Carell, as normal, was brilliant in this film, even though his part was not as big as I thought it would be, while I also enjoyed the teenage boy, Dwayne, in his vow of silence, which I thought was hilarious.
However, I found the little girl, Olive, SO ANNOYING in this film, and although I have a feeling that that was the film makers’ aim, I couldn’t bare to watch her.
This gets a 7.2 because I enjoyed the comedy a lot, however I found some characters very annoying, as well as some parts of the storyline.
Awwwwwwwww, I really adore quirky movies (not all the time though).
P.S. Johnny Knoxville is a hack
Love it. A film primarily based on characters is always a gem
Lovely, lovely film.
"A real loser is someone who's so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try"
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