Little Miss Sunshine (Blu-ray)

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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 his 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.

Specifications

Studio Foxvideo
SKU 209973409
UPC 024543563556
UPC 14 00024543563556
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 12/10/2010
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.40:1
Actors
Name Breslin,Abigail
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Awards
Oscar (2007) Abigail Breslin, Nominee, Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role,Alan Arkin, Winner, Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role,David T. Friendly, et. al., Nominee, Best Motion Picture of the Year,Michael Arndt, Winner, Best Writing, Original Screenplay
British Academy Awards (2007) Alan Arkin, Winner, Best Actor in a Supporting Role,Michael Arndt, Winner, Best Screenplay - Original
Independent Spirit (2007) Alan Arkin, Winner, Best Supporting Male,Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris, Winner, Best Director,Marc Turtletaub, et. al., Winner, Best Feature,Michael Arndt, Winner, Best First Screenplay
Screen Actors Guild (2007) Greg Kinnear, et. al., Winner, Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Golden Globe (2007) Little Miss Sunshine, Nominee, Best Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review It takes a deft hand to fashion a feel-good movie with plenty of laughs and an upbeat ending out of a story that includes drug addiction, a suicide attempt, a death, Nietzsche, and Proust. Despite treading through a minefield of tone shifts, co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and writer Michael Arndt reach the other side unscathed. Little Miss Sunshine is a small gem - or, considering the inclusion of hot star Steve Carell and the $10 million price tag paid by Fox Searchlight to acquire the distribution rights, perhaps not so "small." Smiles will be in evidence of the faces of audience members exiting a showing of this movie...Over the course of 100 minutes, Little Miss Sunshine covers a lot of ground. The bulk of the film encapsulates the road trip. Similarities to the recent R.V. exist, but this production is fresher, funnier, and less artificial...Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette form the backbone of Little Miss Sunshine's skeleton, but their workmanlike performances are the least notable. Paul Dano does a lot with a role that robs him of dialogue, and Abigail Breslin (who made her debut in Signs) shows herself to be more capable than about 95% of the performers in her age group. She's talented, understands her part, and avoids the terminal cuteness that afflicts too many portrayals by young actors. Steve Carell surprises by playing it straight. Unlike Will Farrell, who was awkward in his non-comedic turn in Winter Passing, Carell's performance is unaffected. He gets some laughs, but not by doing anything outrageous or extreme. Finally, there's veteran Alan Arkin, who steals every scene he's in. Over the years, Arkin has honed his timing and means of delivery, and they serve him well here...It's the kind of picture audiences enjoy because there's substance to go with the humor, and movie-goers will leave the theater feeling uplifted. Ultimately, despite flirting with some darker subjects, Little Miss Sunshine lives up to its name.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 8
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The first thing we see are the blue eyes of a little girl staring right at us so intently, it seems she could peer right into our souls. Only she's not looking at us. The reflection in her big plastic glasses reveals she's gazing at a beauty pageant on TV, at the moment the winner is being crowned. She's studying this moment, rehearsing it and rehearsing for it. Just a few seconds into "Little Miss Sunshine" we know it's a movie about dreams -- and illusions...A gentle family satire and a classic American road movie, "Little Miss Sunshine" harks back to the anti-establishment, countercultural comedies of the 1970s such as "Smile" or "Harold and Maude" -- satirical fairy tales that preached the virtues of nonconformity over the superficiality of conventional American values...You just won't see a better acted, and better cast, movie than "Little Miss Sunshine." These actors (and their directors, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) grasp how unspoken reactions can be funnier than dialogue or punchlines, and how pain can be the source of the most satisfying comedy...All the actors play the emotions straight and true. Dano, his dead black eyes obscured by thick bangs and set into a pale face that seems to be imploding with teen alienation and disgust, just has to tilt his head almost imperceptibly to bring down the house...Carell is a miracle in pink-and-blue-striped socks. He creates a character whose pain surrounds him like a hard plastic bubble. And the less he seems to do, the funnier he gets. He makes the name "Nietzsche" (which he pronounces crisply as "Neet-chah") inexplicably hilarious. And how to describe the way Uncle Frank runs? It's an intellectual run -- performed as if the act of running had been studied, broken down into its component parts, and then reassembled -- all analysis, no grace. It's almost inhumanly human, and pricelessly funny. But it's not just a sped-up silly walk, it's an authentic expression of character.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Dubbed
Product Attributes
Actor Breslin,Abigail
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times As ambitious, honest and subversive as any American movie since "Election."
David Ansen, Newsweek This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser.
Ella Taylor, LA Weekly A raucously entertaining slice of slapstick dressed up as domestic satire.
Jessica Reaves, Chicago Tribune Funny, and thoughtful, and deeply, viscerally satisfying.
Michael Sragow, Baltimore Sun You won't see a brighter, truer affirmation of the All-American messed-up improvisational family than Little Miss Sunshine.
San Francisco Chronicle Little Miss Sunshine dropped from celluloid heaven.
USA Today Winning, hilarious and heartwarming!

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