Overall Rank: 227
Average Rating: 3.1/4
# of Ratings: 801
Theatrical Release Date: 07/26/2006
Genre: Comedy, Drama
MPAA Rating: R
Director: Jonathan Dayton
Actors: Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin
Plot: An extended family tries to make the trek to Little Olive's beauty pageant in their bus. They encounter mishap after mishap in their journey to California.
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Matthew Brady - wrote on 07/24/2014
Little Miss Sunshine is one of those movies that it is hard to find any bad in it, am not giving it the Perfect rating because I don't think it's up that level but this movie is brilliant.
FSUNoles27TS - wrote on 12/05/2012
This is another great performance by Carell and is is a great road-trip adventure movie. All of the characters have their faults in this, but they grow as the road trip goes on. It is funny where it needs to be and sad where it should be. ---Spoiler--- When the young man finds out he is color blind, which will prevent him from becoming a fighter pilot, is an amazing scene with a lot of power. It hurt me to see this kid be so upset. I think the actor did a good job performing the scene which could not have survived on writing alone.
mitchellyoung - wrote on 08/01/2012
Little Miss Sunshine is a hilariously funny and human comedy, one that manages to juxtapose the laughs with truly impactful moments. The ensemble cast portray a variety of fractured family members that somehow find bonding over a cross-country beauty pageant road trip. The film has such a wonderful understanding of the contrasting character motivations and struggles that its climactic third act is one of the more successful half hours in comedy in recent memory.
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cinegeek.de - wrote on 08/23/2016
Our Daily Free Stream: Little Miss Sunshine. Die blauen Augen eines Mädchens, die uns intensiv anstarren. So sehr als ob sie gleich in unseren Kopf wollten. Nur: Das Mädchen schaut gar nicht uns an. Sie starrt in einen Fernseher. Dort laufen Miss Wahlen und die Gewinnerin wird gerade gekrönt. Das Mädchen selbst befindet sich also bei den Proben. Sie will auch auf dem Podest gekrönt werden. Little Miss Sunshine, das wird schnell deutlich, ist ein Film über Träume. Und über Illusionen. Einige Tage später, nach einer merkwürdigen Reise in einem alten VW Bus von Albuquerque (das liegt in New Mexico) nach Redondo Beach / Kalifornien setzt die Realität ein. Vom Freeway aus sieht man das ziel der Reise - vor allem aber lernt man etwas über die endlosen Strecken Kaliforniens und den …
Yojimbo - wrote on 01/19/2012
A dysfunctional family go on a road trip from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach to enter their daughter in a beauty pageant. Another one of those quirky to the core indie comedies, Little Miss Sunshine actually has a lot more depth to it than most. It's essentially about the family as a loosely associated group of individuals who somehow manage to live together. Every member of the cast brings a pathos and likeability to their characters in their own particular way, from Greg Kinnear's hilariously desperate motivational speaker, to Steve Carell's suicidal voice of reason to Alan Arkin's to-Hell-with-it-I'm-gonna-die-soon-anyway grandpa. It has loads of laugh out loud moments and a warmth that skillfully manages to sidestep contrived schmaltziness. It all ends up in a genuinely funny parody of …
Junoverse611 - wrote on 06/18/2008
I cannot say anything bad about this movie- like Juno, it is a quirky movie that does both comedy and drama, and it does them both very well. The dysfunctional Hoover family is made up of a suicidal, gay uncle (Steve Carrell, played when he was almost an unknown), a drug addict, hilarious grandfather (Alan Arkin, who received a Best Actor Oscar win for this role), a housewife mom (Toni Collette), a perfectionalist, motivational speaker- although an unsuccesful one at that- dad (Greg Kinnear), an emo-ish, Neitzsche idolizing brother, Dwayne- and my personal favorite character- who decides to take a vow of silence until he can take flight school- and then of course, we have Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin- who recieved a Best Actress nod for her role)- who wants to be in the Little Miss …
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