Year of Release: 2006
Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Approx. Running Time: 101 minutes
My Rating: 1 star (Out of 5)
From Back Cover:
"THERE'S BEEN NO MORE SATISFYING AMERICAN COMEDY THIS YEAR."
"LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE DROPPED FROM CELLULOID HEAVEN.
-San Francisco Chronicle
Take a hilarious ride with the Hoovers, one of the most endearingly fractured families in comedy history.
Father Richard (Greg Kinnear) is desperately trying to sell his motivational success program...with no success. Meanwhile, "pro-honesty" mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother (Steve Carell), fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers - the seven-year-old would-be beauty queen Olive (Abigail Breslin) and Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather (Alan Arkin), whose outrageous behavior recently got him evicted from a retirement home.
When Olive is invited to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her - with riotously funny results.
Although this movie was the darling of critics and moviegoers alike, I can't say that I laughed a single time during this whole stupid movie. I found the entire family - not just the obnoxious little girl - to be irritating as hell and the entire premise lacked any sort of appeal to me. I got this movie for free and I still want a refund, but what the hell do I know?
Rated R (MPAA)