Little Miss Sunshine

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"Winners don't give up!"

Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 American comedy-drama road film and the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin.

Little Miss Sunshine had an international box office gross of $100.5 million. The film was nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and won two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for Alan Arkin. It also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature and received numerous other accolades.


The Hoover family - a man (Greg Kinnear), his wife (Toni Collette), an uncle (Steve Carell), a brother (Paul Dano) and a grandfather (Alan Arkin) - puts the "fun" back in "dysfunctional" by piling into a Volkswagen Type 2 Microbus and heading to Redondo Beach, California to support a daughter (Abigail Breslin) in her bid to win the "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty pageant. The sanity of everyone involved is stretched to the limit as the group's quirks cause epic problems as they travel along their interstate route.

Why It Rocks

  1. The story is bold and bright.
  2. Plenty of funny scenes.
  3. Great acting, especially Abigail Breslin as Olive.
  4. Plenty of emotional moments, such as the scene where Dwayne learns that he's colorblind, meaning that he can't join the Air Force.
  5. Well-handled messages, such as "Winners don't give up".
  6. Brilliant cast.

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