Olive (Abigail Breslin) is a runner-up in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Olive is not the most attractive child but her spunk and charisma makes up for what she lacks. Her family agrees to drive her 700 miles to Redondo Beach, CA for the pageant. Coming along for the ride are her mom Sheryl(Toni Collette), a frustrated wife, her dad Richard(Greg Kinnear)..a bootleg motivational speaker and a perpetual asshole, her brother Dwayne, who has taken a vow of silence until he can run off to pilot school. Grandpa(Alan Arkin), a heroin-shooting ex-military man who was recently booted out of a nursing home and lastly Uncle Frank(Steve Carrell), a gay, suicidal professer who's recent ousting from his job and the breakup with a lover caused his downward spiral. The crew hop into the family's raggedy VW van and head west for the pageant. Car problems, health issues and other assorted events threaten to keep Olive from achieving her goal. Will Olive make it to Redondo Beach to be crowned Little Miss Sunshine or will she go home with her tail between her legs? No more spoilers from me y'all!
Let me start by saying Abigail Breslin is the cutest thing ever. I thoroughly enjoyed watching her in this movie. As for the rest of the film, to quote Public Enemy, "Don't Believe The Hype". I found this to be WAY overrated. I almost felt bad for not enjoying as much as others did...almost. The movie did have its funny parts but no where near the laughfest folks made it out to be. Alan Arkin is hilarious but hell he's funny in every movie he's in. After viewing this I believe his Oscar was bestowed upon him as more of a lifetime achievement award because I've seen he has been much funnier than this. Greg Kinnear is a truly slept-on actor, I've liked him in every film I've seen him in. The rest of the cast did very well with the material they were given. The real star of the movie is the VW van, that thing was jacked up! Although this movie is centered around a child, this is no Disney affair so please lock the chlilrun up before watching.
VERDICT: 2.5 Soul Claps
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