Monday, August 28, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Last night we decided to go to the movies. There isn't a lot out, but the one movie I (and the rest of my family) wanted to see was Little Miss Sunshine. About a dysfunctional family on their way to a beauty pageant. So we drove downtown to the theatre, and arrived to a substantial line-up to see the movie. I was glad there was a whole bunch of different people coming to see it, usually that theatre isn't very lined up (with the exception of Brokeback Mountain, which had huge line-ups). I was totally sporting the 80's look, leggings, green Clash t-shirt with belt, sequined flats. It's not really that important that I was sporting the 80's look, but it sounds cool to say. I think I'm going to try and do a review of the movie with important points about the characters a in bold, because I've realized it's a fairly effective way of getting my point across if you don't want to read the whole thing.

The movie opened with little snap-shots of what the family was like. It started with the mum bringing her suicidal brother home from the hospital, to live with her family. Family which is:

  • The father, Richard (Greg Kinnear). You want to hate him, but you also kinda pity him. He basically has one of those weird, winner's and loser's self-help theories. But the irony is that he's a loser and needs help.
  • The grandfather (Alan Arkin). He got kicked out of his seniors home for smoking heroin, and says "Fuck" like teenage girls say "like". But you can tell he really does care for his family.
  • The son, Dwayne (Paul Dano). He has taken a vow of silence, hates his family and reveres Nietzsche. He's a pretty typical teenager. He's also kinda cute. In a pale, adolescent way.
  • The mother, Sheryl (Toni Collette). She's a bit frantic and crazy, a little overworked, but overall she has a good heart.
  • Her brother, Frank (Steve Carell). He fell in love with a guy who didn't love him back, lost his job and attempted suicide which is how he ends up with his sisters family. He's one of the most sane of the family, he's also very sincere and caring.
  • The daughter, Olive (Abigail Breslin). You can't help love her, she's sweet to everyone, caring and down-to-earth. And really cute. She contrasts amazingly to all the other girls in the beauty pageant.

When Olive gets a chance to compete in the "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty pageant, the whole family takes a road trip to California. We follow them from their home in New Mexico, and the trip is anything but uneventful. The movie has a sweet tone, but it's definitely the funniest movie I've seen this year. Although, I do have to warn you the beauty pageant scene is very, very terrifying. The movie had an instrumental soundtrack, that really went well along with the scenes. It had Sufjan Steven's "Chicago" which is a favourite of mine, and also another Sufjan track at the end. This was an interesting, hilarious and sweet movie, I would definitely recommend it.


Barbara Bruederlin said...

I'v been wanting to see this film for a while. Both Toni Collette and Steve Carrell are amazing comic actors.
And I would think that any beauty pageant is terrifying, but will definetely need to check this one out.
I'm sure you looked totally sassy in your Clash t-shirt. Eva's is nothing but rags anymore - need to get her a new one.

Allison said...

I LOVED this film. Saw it a few weeks back, and I'm still talking about it.
I think Greg Kenear played a great part as well. And the VW bus was a character in itself :)

hilary m. said...

You'd really like it Barbara, I'd definitely check it out. I never saw 40 Year-old Virgin, but it made me question Steve Carrell's credibility (I've never seen the Office, heard its great). This movie completly proved to me that he's an awesome comedian and actor.

The thing about the beauty pageant, is that its realistic. I don't mean that the little girls are realistic, but that actually happens. I saw it on Dr. Phil. Haha, anyways it disturbs me and also depresses me.

I think I have three Clash shirts, but this one was super cool. It's combat green, and from the 1982 tour (my dad bought it). It's pretty raggy though anyways. I want a new one though, I've been scoping it out. It's black, and has a cool-looking white radio and it says "Radio Clash" or something on it.

hilary m. said...

Oh, hi Allison!!

It was great wasn't it?
Greg Kinear was really good, I've never hated and pitied a character in a movie that much.

I loved the VW. I want one of those when I learn to drive.

Ariel S. Hyre said...

What's so terrifying about a realistic pageant scene? O.o

<3 Clash

hilary m. said...

Basically the entire thing Ariel. They have 5 year old girls who are made up more than their adult counterparts. They're really skinny with huge hair, and look mainly plastic. It was very creepy.

<3 Clash 2

Green Tea - Iced Tea said...

OMG I loved this movie, it was hysterical! yes, it was a more interesting side to Steve Carell.