Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris

Starring Gregg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin

For a little throwback Thursday, I want to take a look at a very good film Little Miss Sunshine. The film was well-received by critics and with good reasons. I was really surprised when I saw the film and how much I liked it. 

The film is about Olive and how her wish to become a beauty queen in the Little miss sunshine competition takes her family on a life-changing journey. Richard is expecting to get a call about a book deal, Sheryl is the mother and they also have a son Dwayne who is on a silent vow until he becomes a test pilot. When Sheryl’s brother Frank attempts to commit suicide, he is placed un the custody of his sister and he stays with the family. Olive is trained by the free-spirited grandfather that lives with them and they all travel together in a Volkswagen to take Olive to the contest. 

The movie is the perfect mix of heart, drama, and comedy. The film is funny and moving at the same time. the film also achieves that the audience care for the characters, they are all flawed but you want them to succeed, you want them to be alright. Researching a bit about the film I read that Robin Williams was considered for Steve Carrel’s character, which would have been interesting even though Carrell was great as Frank. 

The cast was perfect really, all gave great performances. Gregg Kinnear was really good in the film, I think I’m his second-best performance after As Good as it gets. Toni Collette is a great actress, I have seen some of her films and I really think she is really good. This film is no exception in terms of her performance. The three most outstanding performances for me were Paul Dano, he barely said a word but was perfect with his expressions, Alan Arkin was so funny in the role of the crazy grandfather who coached his granddaughter to be the beauty queen she wanted to be and Steve Carrell that was still mostly known for his comedy, where he proved that he could play serious roles and he has kept doing great performances. 

This is a great film and I recommend it if someone has not seen it yet.

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