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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

  • Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano,
  • Director: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
  • Genre(s): Adventure, Drama, Comedy
  • Rating: R
  • Running Time: 101 min.

Staff Picks Series Every month a member of the Moxie staff picks a film that impacted their lives and we put it up on the big screen.

September’s pick was made by Lindsey Hansen.
What do you love about this film, and why do you want to share it with others?
“I love this movie because it shows how deep love can run in a family. The cast is spectacular. I admire that this film shows that in between the painful parts of life, there are still happy moments.”

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Summary: Little Miss Sunshine is an American family road comedy that shatters the mold. Brazenly satirical and yet deeply human, the film introduces audiences to one of the most endearingly fractured families in recent cinema history: the Hoovers, whose trip to a pre-pubescent beauty pageant results not only in comic mayhem but in death, transformation and a moving look at the surprising rewards of being losers in a winning-crazed culture. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)

"This indie, a sweet, tart and smart satire about a family of losers in a world obsessed with winning, is an authentic crowd pleaser. There's been no more satisfying American comedy this year. "
- David Ansen, Newsweek
"A scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it."
- Peter Travers, Rolling Stone
"The funniest and most gracefully written, acted and directed dysfunctional-American-family farce comedy of the year thus far."
- Andrew Sarris, New York Observer
"If you think you've seen it all before in a family road movie, you owe it to yourself to see what happens when somebody actually comes up with a few bright ideas."
- Peter Howell, Toronto Star
"It looks at the all-American obsession with winning and chortles darkly. You still come out of the movie wanting to give your family a hug."
- Ty Burr, Boston Globe
"Little Miss Sunshine triumphs with acting performances that are, across the board, poignant, smart and real."
- Jennifer Frey, Washington Post
"Little Miss Sunshine employs razor-sharp humor and a deceptively realistic style to satirize a corrupt society that heroes of low status must navigate by their wits alone."
- Carina Chocano, Los Angeles Times
"The casting is flawless. Kinnear has never been better suited to a role; Richard's gradual surrender of his ego is sweet and totally convincing. Arkin has the best lines, and delivers them with the timing of a vaudeville pro."
- Jack Mathews, New York Daily News
"A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore."
- Duane Byrge, Hollywood Reporter
"A quietly antic dysfunctional family road trip comedy that shoots down the all-American culture of the winner and offers sweet redemption for losers -- or at least the ordinary folks often branded as such. "
- David Rooney, Variety