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Little Miss Sunshine (2006) Review

Little Miss Sunshine is an underrated road film full of laughs and stands out how an ensemble of characters delivers a great movie. What I like about this is that even though the whole film felt like it was done with little budget, it is still unique.

After watching Little Miss Sunshine, I cannot forget the dance scene near the end.

Plot Overview

The movie follows a disoriented family living in a typical home in New Mexico. Sheryl Hoover, the mother, is overworked and becomes increasingly frustrated with her husband. Her gay brother, Frank, is temporarily living with them after an attempted suicide. Her husband, Richard, is building a career as a motivational speaker. Sheryl's son, Dwayne, has taken a vow of silence until he succeeds in his dream of becoming a pilot. Sheryl's father, Edwin, lives with the family after getting evicted from a retirement home due to his foul-mouthed behavior and drug addiction. Lastly, Sheryl and Richard's daughter Olive is an aspiring beauty queen coached by her grandfather.

One day, Olive learns she has qualified to join the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in California in two days. Richard, Sheryl, and Edwin want to support her, so they decide to help her achieve her dream. Since Frank and Dwayne cannot be left alone, they also join. The family is short on money and takes a longer route, using their yellow Volkswagen van. During their road trip, the family disagreements and constant quarreling coincide with the car's mechanical problems.

It's a race against time as the family encounters some setbacks. They must make it in time and prepare their youngest member to be the best at the pageant.


Little Miss Sunshine brought in the incredible talents of Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Colette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin. Bryan Cranston also had a small cameo in this movie.

This movie brings a lot of laughs and unique experiences. The family's journey to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant is like ours. It's full of rollercoaster experiences that will teach us to appreciate and help each other in need. The eccentric set of characters, from Olive to Edwin, is set up incredibly well to simulate different points of view.

You cannot deny the character of Richard is quite annoying for the first 60% of the movie.

Overall, I really like the movie. I laughed at certain moments and felt like this was a breath of fresh air into new perspectives about family.

A good 4 out of 5 stars.

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