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A truly uplifting film. Will make you laugh out-loud and cheer on the hopeless Hoover family throughout. A dysfunctional unit who manage to laugh at life's absurdities. Brilliant!
An amazing cast, sharp witty script and fantastic story combine to create one of the funniest and at times saddest films of this year. Olivia is a 7 year old girl who has just been told she has won... Read more the Florida section of the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pagent (she entered while on holiday and was runner up but the winner could not complete their duties). Her family decide to hit the road with her from New Mexico to LA and it is their strange u=interactions and quirks that make the film SO enjoyable. Top of list is Alan Arkin (Catch 22, Indian Summer, Grosse Point Blank) as the heroin snorting, foul mouthed Grandfather, Steve Carrol (40 Year old Virgin) as the suicidal uncle and another gret per formance by Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense, Murials Wedding). The last 10 minutes will have you in stiches and possibly wetting yourself from laughing if you havent been to the loo for a while. Fantastic film.
This film is great and has a bit of dark humour about it - so not your typical comedy.
I found little amusing or entertaining in this disfunctional family and their long dreary drive in the family van to Los Angeles. Not my kind of film and for me a waste of time even if it did receive two Academy awards.
It has its moments but despite the critics raves I couldnt really warm to this movie - particularly any of its characters. To me it seemed too much like the family out of Malcolm in the Middle does... Read more LA. Plot devices like a van with a stuck horn and wrecked gearbox, a grandpa who inconveniently and inconsiderately kikes-it en route, and the contest finale which was more grotesque than anything else, did little for me.
I can't get enough of this movie - it gets better with every viewing. The dialogue is all essential and the acting from a cast of some of the best screen actors working today perfect in every respect... Read more. The movie also carried a powerful message about family, and sexualising our innocent children. If you like mainstream Hollywood, maybe this will be a bit "intellectual" for you. The script feel like an engilsh comedy transposed into an american environment. If you like alternative comedy, then this is 5 stars plus.
I've heard plently of prior praise for his movie and have to add my own voice to it. This really is a remarkable story - its dark but its heartwarming. Perfectly cast and plenty of laugh-out-loud... Read more moments, in particular the ending which we never saw coming even though it was obvious as soon as it happened!
I really enjoyed this fim it was very funny in parts also very moving loved the story of this odd family and their trip to California the daughters dance scene at the end was wonderful
What a cliche movie. Cock-eyed family acheives something other than they sought. It's childish - and besides, 'Goodbye Pork Pie' was funnier, more ridiculous and at a fraction of the production budget!!!... Read more An interesting insight on the pre-pubescent beauty competitions though. And, I have to say, quite an honest coverage of the 'stars' and their acts. The actors were OK, my only real bitch about the movie was the excessive swearing. I swear, I swear excessively! The problem with the swearing in this movie was the lack of depth. Americans don't have the depth of oaths of the British and their colonial siblings in Australasia. The only swear word the main actor could come up with was 'Fucking'. C'mon America! The 'fucking' probably ruined it as a child's movie.
Excellent indie hit that surprises you all the way. Abigail Breslin is such an unlikely heroine that you can't resist her. It's very different, fresh, funny and ultimately extremely uplifting. I loved it. Greg Kinnear is terrific as usual.