Saturday, February 10, 2007

Movie Review: Little Miss Sunshine

Finally got around to seeing this one. I was not expecting to enjoy it as much as I did. Some people have told me that they loved it, others not so much. I think the problem is that this movie is based on a series of utter unbelievabilities. How exactly did this gangly, not entirely beautiful Olive (Abigail Breslin) win a local beauty contest to begin with (or even come in second)? How did Steve Carell's Frank self destruct so badly as to go from being a successful professor at Yale (the university isn't mentioned by name, but I think that was implied) to needing a teenager to be his suicide watch? How did Dwayne (Paul Dano) survive public school without speaking for 9 months? In what world would the bastardish Richard (Greg Kinnear) marry a caring woman like Sheryl (Toni Collette)? This movie makes no apologies for this set-up. In fact, the opening scene just throws it on the dinner table without any fanfare. If you accept it, the rest of the movie works. If you don't, it doesn't. I accepted it.

Next up: United 93.

3 comments:

KnitXcorE said...

i have this sitting on my counter right now.... (i'm going to watch it today). :-)

Gloria said...

Enjoy! It is definitely worth seeing.

KnitXcorE said...

alright, I just watched and I loved it. I was embroidering through the whole movie and I didn't miss a thing. I sort of expected the ending, just seeing what kind of guy the grandpa was gave that away. It was still funny though.