Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

It's Tuesday already, and I'm finally getting around to blogging about the movie I saw Saturday night. You guessed it, we saw "Little Miss Sunshine". I knew nothing about this movie other than what I saw on the trailer, and actually I assumed it was a sort of handicapped roadtrip style movie... but I was wrong (in a way). Turns out it was a "dark" or "black" comedy. I have always thought that I liked these style comedies but now I'm starting to wonder. This particular movie skated right up to the edge of 'too much' for me. With topics like suicide, bankruptcy, divorce, old age, and drug use, they don't generally equal "comedy" when I think of them. But, I guess that is what a black comedy is all about. Turning the tragic into comedy. I won't explain too much of the plot so as not to give anything away, so in a nutshell, the story revolves around Olive who is about 9 years old, and has just won the opportunity to compete in a "little miss sunshine" beauty contest. Her family including Ma, Pa, Bro, Grandfather, and Uncle due to a variety of reasons are in this all together. So take all of these misfit characters and put them in a old beat-up VW van and send them on a 2 day roadtrip where anything that could go wrong does. The cast was fantastic! Greg Kinear, Alan Arkin, Steve Carell, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano, and Toni Collette. I think the only person who may have been mis-cast was Toni Collette as the mother, but perhaps she was supposed to be the rock of the family so she was supposed to be a little out of place amongst the crazier characters. In spite of some of the darker comedic moments what really brought this movie around for me was the ending. It was worth the entire movie to see the ending. What? No! I'm not going to reveal the ending! Just go see it, if you think you can deal with a "slice of life" style movie where the slice has perhaps fallen in the dirt. I expect you will be hearing a lot about this movie as it becomes more popular. Right now it's only in select theatres.

1 comment:

JWD said...

"if you think you can deal with a "slice of life" style movie where the slice has perhaps fallen in the dirt."

What a great line!

This is definitely one we want to see.