LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Grace Underneath a Family’s Rough Edges

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Release Date: July 28, 2006

Starring: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, and Paul Dano

Genre: Comedy Drama

Audience: Adults

Rating: R

Runtime: 102 minutes

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Content:

(Pa, BB, Ho, H, LLL, V, DD, MM) Mixed pagan worldview with strong redemptive elements of family, love, and grace, one character is a homosexual, another is an avid reader of the humanist philosopher Nietzsche; strong foul language including at least 39 obscenities and 18 profanities; very mild violence depicting a van knocking over fences and other objects; no sex scenes, although a character is depicted purchasing pornographic magazines and one character is homosexual; no nudity; no alcohol use; one character depicted snorting heroin; and, discussion of suicide, bad role models, and many instances of irreverent humor that viewers may find offensive.

Summary:

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a quirky comedy drama about a dysfunctional family that faces a series of mishaps and misadventures on a road trip. Ultimately, the movie is well-executed, endearing, and often touching, but is flawed with excessive moral problems.

Review:

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a quirky comedy drama about a dysfunctional family that faces a series of mishaps and misadventures on a road trip.

The Hoovers are not a happy family. The reasons for their collective misery are numerous. Patriarch Richard (Greg Kinnear), a motivational speaker, is failing to provide financially for his family, and they are all weary of his “winners-never-quit” truisms. Richard’s father (Alan Arkin) is a foul-mouthed closet heroin addict, who ruffles feathers and gives his grandchildren bad advice. Sheryl’s (Toni Collette) brother Frank (Steve Carell) has recently begun living with the family after trying to kill himself, and teenager Dwayne (Paul Dano) is obsessed with Nietzsche, despises his family, and has taken a vow of silence. Only seven-year-old Olive, a pudgy, sweet little girl, seems to have a positive outlook on life.

None of the motley six-member crew is enthused about their trip from Albuquerque to California to enable Olive to participate in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. As the unfortunate obstacles continue to mount, however, a subtle but insightful change takes place among them. Their trials force them not only to tolerate one another, but also to lean on one another.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE has many content issues that will offend many viewers. The movie contains excessive foul language, a number of off-color jokes, homosexual elements, and drug abuse. On the other hand, the movie stresses a profound message of the importance of family. In the midst of all their problems and overt resentment of each other, the Hoovers can’t escape their need for the grace buried somewhere beneath their rough-edges. Ultimately, the movie is well-executed, endearing, and often touching, but also flawed with excessive moral problems.

In Brief:

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE is a quirky comedy drama about a dysfunctional family that faces a series of mishaps and misadventures on a road trip. The Hoovers are not a happy family. Only seven-year-old Olive, a pudgy, sweet little girl, seems to have a positive outlook on life. None of the motley six-member crew is enthused about their trip from Albuquerque to California to enable Olive to participate in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. As obstacles continue to mount, however, a subtle but insightful change takes place among them. Their trials force them not only to tolerate one another, but also to lean on one another.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE has many content issues that will offend many viewers. The movie contains excessive foul language, a number of off-color jokes, homosexual elements, and drug abuse. On the other hand, the movie stresses a profound message of the importance of family. In the midst of all their problems and overt resentment of each other, the Hoovers can’t escape their need for the grace buried somewhere beneath their family’s rough-edges. Ultimately, the movie is well-executed, endearing and often touching, but also flawed with excessive moral problems.