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irishjayhawk
08-20-2006, 01:15 PM
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For weeks, I had been anticipating the wide release of the Sundance sensation, Little Miss Sunshine. The wide release was pushed back a couple weeks after the limited release of seven theatres. Unfortunately, my local theatre, here in Lawrence, Kansas, didn't get a copy. Forced to drive back to my movie theatre chain, I met my family for a seven o'clock showing; Chipotle and Dr. Pepper, in hand.

The Sundance Film Festival, held every year, showcases numerous independent films. This year, Fox Searchlight Pictures' Little Miss Sunshine stole the show. Winning numerous awards and critic praises, it was drawing a lot of attention to itself. Granted, the advertising for the movie wasn't up to par, especially coming from a Fox studio. In any event, nearing the wide release, the advertising got a bit better and more people were able to catch the trailer and television spots. For me, working in the projection booth at AMC Theatres brought me a slight advantage. I was able to see the trailer pretty early on, locate the official release date (which ended up changing) and mark it down on my calendar.
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Richard (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001427/">Greg Kinnear</a>), the father, is a motivational speaker hoping to ink a book deal. His wife, Sheryl, (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001057/">Toni Collette</a>) is seemingly the most normal person in the family. Frank, (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0136797/">Steve Carrell</a>, of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0405422/">40 Year Old Virgin</a> and television's The Office fame) is Sheryl's gay brother. Self-proclaimed as the worlds number one Proust scholar, Frank is suicidal after struggling with recent life events. Dwayne, (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0200452/">Paul Dano</a> most notably seen in <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0265208/">The Girl Next Door</a>) Richard and Sheryl's mute son is striving to become an Air Force pilot. Grandpa (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000273/">Alan Arkin</a>) is a heroin addict and father to Richard. To round off the dysfunctional family is young, Olive (<a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1113550/">Abigail Breslin</a>), who is aspiring to be the next Little Miss Sunshine.

The chemistry between the actors is astounding. They take a group of misfits and transform them into a believable family; albeit oddly dysfunctional. Most notably is the relationship between Dwayne and Frank (Dano and Carrell, respectively) that is immediately visible. Richard and Frank's (Kinnear and Carrell) mutual disdain for each other's life choices and behaviors is perhaps the best on-screen chemistry in the film. Grandpa adds the comedic side to the family yet plays a crucial part in the bonding of the family. Sheryl, while arguably the most normal, holds the whole family together throughout the film. Olive's curious nature and comedic lines add realism to the family, especially from, the important, child's point of view. Due to the chemistry, I doubt the film would succeed if one actor was removed or one character altered.

The screenplay was phenomenal; the periodic comedy sprinkled over regular tragedy. It's pure genius. One thing to notice while watching is the use of numerous artistic camera angles. Though common in many films, the colors, scenery, and angles made this stand out. To help accentuate the screen's eye-candy, was the wonderful soundtrack. Though not entirely instrumental, it works on too many levels to fail. Seriously: Go. Listen. Buy.

The film is destined to be a classic. Don't be surprised if it pulls a Big Fat Greek Wedding stunt and stays in theatres selling out week in and week out. Personally, I'd be disappointed if it doesn't. This is truly the film of the summer and what Hollywood has been lacking. Unlike Lady in the Water, this film proves that originality and creativity - plus a low budget - can produce a masterpiece. The film has also added something on my list of achievable goals: "Attend Sundance at least once".

<strong>Bottom-line:</strong> If you don't seen this, consider never attending another movie.
<strong>DVD Bottom-line:</strong> Definitely own-able for a classic comedy.
<strong>Rating:</strong> 5 <em>out of 5 stars.</em>

ENDelt260
08-20-2006, 01:21 PM
<strong>Bottom-line:</strong> If you don't seen this, consider never attending another movie.

I'm glad I didn't attempt to read the whole review.

carlos3652
08-20-2006, 01:21 PM
Nice Job Irish... I really want to see this movie... Steve Carell is by far one of my favorite actors in the comedy Genre that has emerged in the last 2-3 years...*

Edit: I used to like him in the Daily Show before he went to movies too...

irishjayhawk
08-20-2006, 01:34 PM
I'm glad I didn't attempt to read the whole review.

:hmmm:

Thanks for the advice.

AZORChiefFan
08-20-2006, 03:13 PM
I saw it a couple weeks ago and the Directors were in attendance. They held a QnA after. They directed many music videos and even started the MTV series The Cutting Edge, they also directed a couple episodes of MR Show. I asked them about Emily Raskjib's - Chloe on 24 (mainly because she was in some episodes of Mr Show) and they said they love her and were surprised she took such a small role. I highly recommend this movie too.

Zebedee DuBois
08-20-2006, 03:39 PM
I saw Little Miss Sunshine this past Friday.

I highly recommend it. I chortled constantly.

BucEyedPea
08-20-2006, 04:03 PM
Thanks for the tip on a new movie.
I've been wanting to go but nothing has been appealin' to me.
I will go see this though.

Sully
08-20-2006, 05:13 PM
Definitely a must see. The fiance and I saw it Friday, and I laughed a lot, and she cried at the end.
Typically that is the best litmus test for a geat movie.

BucEyedPea
08-26-2006, 10:51 PM
OMG!!! This was funny!

The ending ROFL ...I couldn't breathe I laughed so hard!!!

I give it five:

:thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb: :thumb:

Sam Hall
08-26-2006, 11:30 PM
I've heard people say it was the funniest movie they've seen in awhile. They thought they were going to die laughing several times.

Halfcan
08-26-2006, 11:32 PM
We just kicked some Rams azz, and you guys are talking about Little Miss Sunshine?????






I will have to wait until DVD.

Rain Man
10-01-2006, 09:53 PM
I must add my voice to the chorus of those recommending this movie. It's engaging and funny overall, and there are a couple of scenes where I was laughing so much that my glasses fogged up.

tk13
12-20-2006, 06:58 PM
This came out on DVD yesterday... I'd highly recommend it as well, it lived up to the hype for me. It was hilarious... I'd agree that the actors and the chemistry of the cast is probably what made the movie, they all worked so well together. You knew Carell and Kinnear would be good, but Alan Arkin was hilarious.

The only disappointing thing was I was cut out of the movie... haha. Not really, but I was in a car on vacation with family when we drove by the crew filming road scenes with that VW bus in northern Arizona. I spent months looking for what movie was coming out with a yellow VW bus, and I was really excited to see this was it. I'll just say my agent held out for more money.

CosmicPal
12-20-2006, 07:08 PM
I liked it, but I can't say I'm with the rest of the population who think this was so deserving of it's high praise. I honestly thought the ending was dumb and annoying. I liked the rest of the movie and it has some great moments, but I didn't think it lived up to it's hype.

Baby Lee
01-13-2007, 08:47 AM
Finally got a 'round tuit'

Loved the retrospection on the entire product, more than I did the moments along the way on first viewing.

A whole lot of discomfort building to a very satisfying conclusion.

Wouldn't call it a 'message movie.' Put I loved the underyling message I personally took from it.

All those lonely people living together, wallowing each in their own way over the fact that the world isn't exactly as they want it to be. Then the chubby little girl with that damned eternal optimism shifts their focus just enough to change everything.

seclark
01-13-2007, 09:05 AM
watched it last night too...best movie i've seen for awhile.
"give mom a hug"
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NewChief
01-13-2007, 10:08 AM
I was underwhelmed. That's generally what happens to me whenever people start hyping the hell out of a movie, though. I was warned not to eat or drink during the movie, because there would be a guaranteed drink spew/food spray from how hilarious the movie was. I chuckled a few times. I was charmed. I enjoyed myself. I did not, however, have a single rip-roaring, tear-inducing, gut-busting laugh throughout the entire thing.

stevieray
01-13-2007, 10:15 AM
"daddy hates losers"

:deevee:

I love alan arkin in that scene.

Saulbadguy
01-13-2007, 10:21 AM
Great movie.

Baby Lee
01-13-2007, 10:23 AM
I was underwhelmed. That's generally what happens to me whenever people start hyping the hell out of a movie, though. I was warned not to eat or drink during the movie, because there would be a guaranteed drink spew/food spray from how hilarious the movie was. I chuckled a few times. I was charmed. I enjoyed myself. I did not, however, have a single rip-roaring, tear-inducing, gut-busting laugh throughout the entire thing.
I think the allure for a good portion of people is how it walks the fine line between absurd and real without really tripping along the way.
It follows a lot of comedy conventions [misfits forced together for the story, tragedy heaped on tragedy, run-ins with authority, etc.], but in a manner where you still say "that's a plausible reaction to events."
People who have tired of movie 'formulas' and comedy 'schtick,' just slurp it up.
I'd liken it to the humor of Junebug, more than anything I've seen in a while. It's grinning at recognized character traits or quirks that are familar to you [I know that guy, that's uncle eddy, . . I used to be that sullen little shit, . . . etc], rather than guffawing at madcap escapades.

seclark
01-13-2007, 10:39 AM
I was underwhelmed. That's generally what happens to me whenever people start hyping the hell out of a movie, though. I was warned not to eat or drink during the movie, because there would be a guaranteed drink spew/food spray from how hilarious the movie was. I chuckled a few times. I was charmed. I enjoyed myself. I did not, however, have a single rip-roaring, tear-inducing, gut-busting laugh throughout the entire thing.
my take is if i can stay awake, or sit still long enough to watch the whole movie, it's good.

there's only been a few like that for me the last 5 years or so. i aint saying all movies suck...just that i have other interests such as reading, spending time w/family and friends, porn, etc.
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Thig Lyfe
01-13-2007, 10:48 AM
Terrific movie. Best movie I'd seen in a long time.

Zebedee DuBois
01-13-2007, 11:10 AM
I was underwhelmed. That's generally what happens to me whenever people start hyping the hell out of a movie, though. I was warned not to eat or drink during the movie, because there would be a guaranteed drink spew/food spray from how hilarious the movie was. I chuckled a few times. I was charmed. I enjoyed myself. I did not, however, have a single rip-roaring, tear-inducing, gut-busting laugh throughout the entire thing.

I understand your sentiment - but I still really like this movie. I didn't laugh out loud for the first half of the movie. Once the horn of the VW microbus malfunctioned and continually beeped, I was audibly chortling. And I kept chuckeling until the end, where I was laughing outloud. I think what makes the movie, is the very fine acting. The characters, though outrageous, are believeable and capture your empathy. Very satisfying.

Deberg_1990
01-13-2007, 11:23 AM
I liked it, it was enjoyable.....but i wasnt blown away or anything. The acting was top notch and the cast worked well together.

patteeu
01-13-2007, 11:30 AM
I was underwhelmed. That's generally what happens to me whenever people start hyping the hell out of a movie, though. I was warned not to eat or drink during the movie, because there would be a guaranteed drink spew/food spray from how hilarious the movie was. I chuckled a few times. I was charmed. I enjoyed myself. I did not, however, have a single rip-roaring, tear-inducing, gut-busting laugh throughout the entire thing.

Same here.

NewChief
01-13-2007, 11:36 AM
I think the allure for a good portion of people is how it walks the fine line between absurd and real without really tripping along the way.
It follows a lot of comedy conventions [misfits forced together for the story, tragedy heaped on tragedy, run-ins with authority, etc.], but in a manner where you still say "that's a plausible reaction to events."
People who have tired of movie 'formulas' and comedy 'schtick,' just slurp it up.
I'd liken it to the humor of Junebug, more than anything I've seen in a while. It's grinning at recognized character traits or quirks that are familar to you [I know that guy, that's uncle eddy, . . I used to be that sullen little shit, . . . etc], rather than guffawing at madcap escapades.

Right. I definitely liked the movie. It just wasn't the movie I expected it to be from what people had told me. My mom said she was crying from laughter the entire time. Definitely fine acting and a good script. Also nice soundtrack (Sufjan).

Sure-Oz
01-13-2007, 11:40 AM
It was a pretty good movie, kinda reminded me of "Sideways" atleast the style of it. I bought it.