CinemaDave (cinemadave) wrote,

The pacing of "Little Miss Sunshine" provides a funny payoff!

On a lighter note, "Little Miss Sunshine" contains
some belly laughs that one can laugh at their own
problems. The plot concerns a dysfunctional family
from Flagstaff, Arizona that goes on a road trip to
the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in synthetic
California. "Little Miss Sunshine" works because
it begins in pain and manages to find laughs in the
darkest of subjects.

Greg Kinnear is Father Hoover, a sales representative
who believes that winning is the only thing. Chameleon
character actress Toni Collette is Mother Hoover who
must contend with her suicidal, homosexual brother
(Steve Carrell), who used to be the preeminent Proust
scholar. Alan Arkin portrays a cranky grandfather who
may be suffering from senility or too much Woodstock
LSD. Paul Dano is the Hoover son who broods and wears
a T-shirt that says that “Jesus was Wrong.” Last, but
not least, there is the youngest Hoover, Olive
(Abigail Breslin), a runner up in the local Little
Miss Sunshine competition who is her final days of
youthful innocence.

If you enjoy hanging out with the Barrone, the Bundy
and the Bunker Families, you will feel right at home
with the Hoover family. As unconnected as they are
early in the movie, the family faces crisis after
crisis and becomes unified. The logical set up pays
off with politically incorrect belly laughs about the
California synthetic culture and the human heart.
"Little Miss Sunshine" starts off painful, but the
healing power of laughter is the final anecdote.
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