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  • Actors: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano
  • Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
  • Writers: Michael Arndt
  • Producers: Marc Turtletaub, Albert Berger, Bart Lipton, David T. Friendly, Jeb Brody
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: Spanish
  • Region: Region A/1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Feb. 3 2009
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B001KEW0U8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #25,162 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Pile together a blue-ribbon cast, a screenplay high in quirkiness, and the Sundance stamp of approval, and you've got yourself a crossover indie hit. That formula worked for Little Miss Sunshine, a frequently hilarious study of family dysfunction. Meet the Hoovers, an Albuquerque clan riddled with depression, hostility, and the tattered remnants of the American Dream; despite their flakiness, they manage to pile into a VW van for a weekend trek to L.A. in order to get moppet daughter Olive (Abigail Breslin) into the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Much of the pleasure of this journey comes from watching some skillful comic actors doing their thing: Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette as the parents (he's hoping to become a self-help authority), Alan Arkin as a grandfather all too willing to give uproariously inappropriate advice to a sullen teenage grandson (Paul Dano), and a subdued Steve Carell as a jilted gay professor on the verge of suicide. The film is a! crowd-pleaser, and if anything is a little too eager to bend itself in the direction of quirk-loving Sundance audiences; it can feel forced. But the breezy momentum and the ingenious actors help push the material over any bumps in the road.-- Robert Horton

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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: DVD
Every year has at least one quirky movie that really captures your heart and imagination, and as 2006 grinds to a close, it's time for "Little Miss Sunshine."

Yes, it's another dark comedy about a quirky, dysfunctional family. But "Little Miss Sunshine" approaches the family dysfunction from a bizarre, smart, and sometimes slightly nuts perspective. This indie movie deserves all the credit that is being heaped on it -- it's truly glorious.

Richard (Greg Kinnear) is an anxious motivational speaker who talks a lot about "winners" and "losers," which is pretty funny when one considers that his family is full of oddities. His wife Sheryl (Toni Colette) is on edge as Richard inflicts his nine-step program on the family, and her Proust-scholar brother has just arrived, after a failed suicide attempt.

And then there's little Olive (Abigail Breslin) -- she's wants to be in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, and is being coached by her outspoken, heroin-snorting grandfather. When she gets into the pageant, the family piles into a minibus to go to Redondo Beach. Unfortunately, the trip exposes all the problems they have -- death, disappointment, suicide and lost dreams. And a broken clutch.

If you're going to make a dark comedy about a family, then for crying out loud, give it a heart. "Little Miss Sunshine" realizes this, in a little family world where a wordless hug speaks more than dozens of empty lines. These people drive each other crazy, don't ever communicate, but they really do love each other -- yes, even foulmouthed Grandpa.

But lest anyone think it's syrupy, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris wrap it in a wicked cocoon of clever humor. "Sarcasm is the refuge of losers," Richard says smugly, only to receive a sarcastic "REALLY?
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I laugh very easily and find many things funny, but this movie was such a joy to watch because it was just sooooo funny! Everyone's acting was superb and it really was a surprise - you just don't know what's going to happen in the end until you see it. Just when things get super ridiculous - something else outrageously funny happens and you are amused again and again.

I actually don't like too much dysfunctionalness in movies if it ends up being depressing - but in this movie, this family's dysfunctionalness ends up being absolutely hilarious and a joy to watch. There is a good ending - but a dysfunctional anti-good ending which was so clever.

I can't find fault in anyone's acting performance - they were all excellent. I particularly enjoyed Steve Carell's restrained depressed suicidal character. And of course, Abigail Breslin is excellent as the optimistic, quirky and a little bit dorky little girl. Alan Arkin's drug-snorting, porn addicted grandfather character was a real hoot too.

There was an excellent blend of broad comedy, sometimes even monty python-esque, subtle droll comedy, irony, and real emotion and love between the family members.
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Little Miss Sunshine is my kind of movie. It is a comedy that is down to earth and delivers more deep almost tragic humor instead of constant laugh out loud funnies. Following a dysfunctional family who is traveling through California to get too a beauty pageant this movie is chalk full with some hilarious characters and even funnier scenes.

My favorite character is the suicidal gay uncle (see what I mean about funny characters) played by Steve Carell who delivers flawlessly. From Anchorman to 40 Year Old Virgin he has made me laugh my head off and Little Miss Sunshine is no exception. Following in a close second is the heroin addicted grandpa (played by Alan Arkan) who is coaching the daughter on how to win the beauty pageant.

The cast is rounded out with a teenager who has taken a vow of silence, a father who is failing miserably in his attempt to get his self help book published, a mother who's caught in the middle of it all, and a little girl who desperately wants to be a beauty queen.

Take this family on a rushed trip through California in order to a reach the little girl's beauty pageant and you are bound to have some funny situations. But there is also some pathos in this movie and that's what I love about it the most. There is a sort of melancholy heart warming as you watch this loser family face tragedy after tragedy and yet still they keep on trying and they come closer together because of their defeats. This feeling is almost better than the humor.

My only problem with the movie was that it was too short, but it's mix of humor, pathos and excellent acting makes it a wonderful movie to watch (and an excellent nominee for Best Picture).
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As much as we bemoan the conventionality of the Hollywood movie, there is a certain comfort that we take for granted. We know Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan will end up together, that Bruce Willis will kill the SOB who shot his wife, that ET will not only phone home, but will actually get back there. So, it is with a sense of trepidation that I wade into "independent" cinema, because those conventions are stripped bare. Watching "Little Miss Sunshine" I was strongly reminded of the initial run of "Napoleon Dynamite" (a film to which this bears more than a passing resemblance), where I laughed nervously, and didn't really know what I was in for until it was all said and done. And so it is that Little Miss Sunshine does defy conventions, only to a slight degree, owing as much to "National Lampoon's Vacation" as to anything. Once you settle in though, you know you are in for a treat. Is this Academy Award material? Likely no, but it is an impressive achievement in that it packs 5 unlikable people (and 1 slightly homely, but adorable little girl, who is the glue of this dysfunctional family) into a VW minibus, takes them on a roadtrip, and on the way, makes us care about all of them. Like Napoleon Dynamite, it owes much of its charm (and re-watchability) to a dance sequence near the end. To describe it here would not do it justice. But let's just say that it revels in the sleaziness of little girl beauty pageants, and then does an amazing thing, by lowering the bar. "Little Miss Sunshine", were it not for a foul-mouthed turn by Alan Arkin (as a grandfather no one should have), and the bit with the highway patrolman, would be the triumphant family comedy of the year. As it is, watch it after the pre-teens have gone to bed and enjoy!
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