Little Miss Sunshine

This is the classic example of a movie where the parts are much better than the sum.  I adore so many of the actors in this movie…. I really thought that I would love it.  There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this movie – it just isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination.  At different points it is a drama, a comedy and even satirical (Christopher Guest flashed through my mind towards the end) but it never excelled at being any of the three.  What makes it even that much more odd is that I think that the characters were well-defined and had room to grow – I can’t think of another similar movie that seemed similarly set up for success but then didn’t be anything more then “meh”.   A few years later Collette and Carell would team up in the far-superior The Way, Way Back.

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Movie title: Little Miss Sunshine

Movie description: A family loaded with quirky, colorful characters piles into an old van and road trips to California for little Olive to compete in a beauty pageant.

Date published: 2020-06-26

Director(s): Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Actor(s): Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin, Bryan Cranston, Beth Grant, Wallace Langham, Matt Winston, Julio Oscar Mechoso, Marc Turtletaub, Jill Talley, Brenda Canela, Chuck Loring, Justin Shilton, Gordon Thomson, Steven Christopher Parker, John Walcutt, Paula Newsome, Dean Norris, Lauren Shiohama, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Jerry Giles, Geoff Meed, Joan Scheckel, Mel Rodriguez, Casandra Ashe, Terry Bolo

Genre: Comedy, Drama

My Review

This is the classic example of a movie where the parts are much better than the sum.  I adore so many of the actors in this movie…. I really thought that I would love it.  There isn’t anything inherently wrong with this movie – it just isn’t great by any stretch of the imagination.  At different points it is a drama, a comedy and even satirical (Christopher Guest flashed through my mind towards the end) but it never excelled at being any of the three.  What makes it even that much more odd is that I think that the characters were well-defined and had room to grow – I can’t think of another similar movie that seemed similarly set up for success but then didn’t be anything more then “meh”.   A few years later Collette and Carell would team up in the far-superior The Way, Way Back.

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