Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

A couple of nights ago I watched one of the year’s best indie films, Little Miss Sunshine (2006). Most critics loved the film and it has done quite well on video. I went to HMV to purchase a copy and they were sold out!

Little Miss Sunshine a hilariously sad film about a family of losers. Without giving too much away, the entire family is forced to go on a road trip from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach for a beauty pageant. Along the way they become much closer as a family without the assistance of sappy dialogue and swelling sound of violins in the soundtrack.

The characters are brilliant. My favourite is the heroin snorting grandfather played by Alan Arkin. Hilarious. Greg Kinnear plays the father—a motivational speaker that tries desperately not to be a failure. Paul Dano plays the son who has taken a vow of silence and writes everything down on a pad of paper. Trust me. The characters in this film are brilliant and the way they are forced together is genius.

I felt the ending was a little weak and too abrupt. I wanted a little more. Expected a little more. Maybe that’s the sign of a great film. ***

Films are rated from 1 to 4 stars.

Posted in DVD Reviews at 3:58 PM