Posted on 9/28/06 03:57 AM
I haven't written anything here in a long time, but seeing Little Miss Sunshine made me want to talk about it for hours, and I figured this is the place for it.
I went to see Little Miss Sunshine with my sister, and we kind of chose the movie by default - the one we wanted to see wasn't playing that night.
I was really apprehensive for the first few minutes of the movie. I'd been told it was funny, but this didn't look like much fun. Richard, the father, wouldn't shut up about losers and winners despite clearly being a loser himself, Frank, the uncle, had just tried committing suicide, Dwayne, the brother, hadn't talked in nine months, Granpa was a drug addict, and Olive spent her days rehearsing for a beauty pageant. Only Sheryl, the mother, seemed somewhat normal, but she was completely overwhelmed by the insanity of the rest of the family. On top of that, no one in the family save for Grandpa and Olive seemed to really like eachother all that much.
So, yeah, I wasn't really looking forward to the rest of the movie.
I don't really know when it happened, though, but at some point I found myself loving the Hoovers as if they were my own family. The interractions between the characters seemed so natural, it was suddenly obvious that they loved eachother. Paul Dano, particularly, did a spectacular job as Dwayne, the angsty teenager who claims to hate everybody but demonstrates that he would do anything for his family. Him and Steve Carell as Frank were an awesome duo, and you could just see their bond tighten throughout the movie.
And I could go on and on about how moving Little Miss Sunshine is, but I need to talk about how incredibly funny it is, too. I can't remember ever laughing that much in a theatre. Once again, I attribute it to to the actors, who delievered everything so naturally that nothing ever felt forced, even in the most ridiculous situations. The scene where the family gets pulled over will stay in my mind as one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen in a movie, along with one of the last scenes which I won't spoil for you, but you'll recognize it.
Actually, that scene sums up the whole movie for me. It's hilarious and moving, and it shows how a completely dysfunctional family is still a family above all.
I would recommend Little Miss Sunshine to everyone, if only because I think it's the only movie that ever made me cry, and then laugh, and then cry tears of laughter, several times in two hours.
Definitely a movie that I'll want to watch again, many times.