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Miss Sunshine Brightened my Day

by Rose on 2/27/2007

Can't say enough. Brilliantly sarcastic. The floated an original boat in a sea of remakes. Dukes of Hazzard? Pleeease! Abigail SHOULD have won best actress.

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Sunshine on your shoulders

by on 8/2/2007

A delightful dysfunctional family movie, as if seen through the eyes of "Little Miss Sunshine." Not your perfect family, but they all come together to support a little girl's dream about being in a beauty contest. Fun to see!

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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their vw bus.


Studio Foxvideo
SKU 203404448
UPC 024543403319
UPC 14 00024543403319
Format DVD
Release Date 3/6/2007
Rating Rating
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen/Standard  2.40:1/1.33:1 [4:3]
Name Carell,Steve
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Name Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
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Cast & Crew
Abigail Breslin - Actor
Alan Arkin - Actor
Alan E. Muraoka - Art Director
Albert Berger - Producer
Beth Grant - Actor
Bryan Cranston - Actor
Devotchka - Original Music By
Greg Kinnear - Actor
Jonathan Dayton - Director
Michael Arndt - Writer
Michael Beugg - Executive Producer
Mychael Danna - Original Music By
Pamela Martin - Editor
Paul Dano - Actor
Steve Carell - Actor
Tim Suhrstedt - Cinematographer
Toni Collette - Actor
Valerie Faris - Director
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
ReviewSource Variety
Review Veteran husband-and-wife musicvideo and commercials team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris make a disarming segue into features with "Little Miss Sunshine," a quietly antic dysfunctional family road trip comedy that shoots down the all-American culture of the winner and offers sweet redemption for losers -- or at least the ordinary folks often branded as such. Pic's distinguished by a flawless cast, a gentle spirit of rebellion and a smart script by first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt that knows never to push its character quirks too hard. Its humanity and heart make it a natural to transcend the indie niche to a broader audience.
Reviewer David Rooney
ReviewRating 9
Review Little Miss Sunshine was the big crowd-pleaser at this year's Sundance Film Festival, nabbing a rich distribution deal and heaps of attention. In the real world, however, the average moviegoer's reaction to this dark, unusual comedy (think: National Lampoon's Vacation with brains) may be a tad less enthusiastic. Either way, co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, along with first-time screenwriter Michael Arndt, have fashioned an enjoyably quirky, highly perceptive film that slaps a newish spin on family dysfunction...The performances are uniformly terrific, with Kinnear and Carell taking top honors; their heroic transformations are both rousing and touching. Colette, as usual, is excellent, despite a somewhat underdeveloped character.
Reviewer Gary Goldstein
ReviewRating 8
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.
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.
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 9
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1, English, Spanish, French, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Carell,Steve
Label Fox Home Entertainment
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times As ambitious, honest and subversive as any American movie since "Election."
Ella Taylor, L.A. Weekly A raucously entertaining slice of slapstick dressed up as domestic satire.
San Francisco Chronicle Little Miss Sunshine dropped from celluloid heaven.
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.
USA Today Winning, hilarious and heartwarming!

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