Movie Monday presents: Little Miss Sunshine.

Who doesn’t love comedies? They make us laugh, have wonderful and happy characters, and in the end everything ends well for everybody, no matter how bad it looks. Well, this movie it’s a little different… Oh, and please consider that there will be spoilers.

Little Miss Sunshine” Is a movie that came out 2006 (When dinosaurs walked among us) but i didn’t see until a few days ago, and I just loved it. Among all the actors, the ones who stand out the most is Steve Carrel and Abigail Breslin.

At the start of the movie i thought it was going to be a happy and lovely movie full of laughs. Of course I laughed sometimes but it wasn’t what I expected it, and i’m glad about it. Just to give you an idea of what to expect, this is how the movie greets you during the first minutes of the movie:

Pretty lovely picture, huh? Anyways, at the start of the movie, we are introduced to each character, each one with their own problems. But everything should end well for them, right? Well, let’s find it out.

First we have Olive (Abigail Breslin), a little girl that always seems to be happy and the main protagonist of this movie. She dreams that one day she will win a beauty contest. With her we can see the innocence of the kids, mostly because she is not aware of what is happening and how bad things are.

Then we have her grandpa, Edwin (Alan Arkin) who is really attached to her, and he is helping her with her routine. He is addicted to heroin, and during the movie we can see he is pretty aggressive to everyone but Olive, and he always try to be nice in front of her.

Olive’s brother Dwayne (Paul Dano) is on a vow of silence. He hates everyone, especially his parents since they are always fighting and are near bankrupt. He wants to be a pilot one day, and he decided not to speak until he gets what he desires.

Richard (Greg Kinnear) is Olive’s father. He is an arrogant goal-obsessed who is trying to be a motivational speaker, building his career with his “9 steps” with no result so far. He always is criticizing everyone by saying they are losers if he doesn’t approve their behavior.

Sheryl (Toni Collette) is Richard’s wife. Besides being an overworked mother, she is not that interesting. And finally we are introduced to Frank (Steve Carell) who is Sheryl’s brother. He is a gay scholar who recently tried to commit suicide.

We can see right at the beginning that they have financial problems, but yet they manage to stay afloat. Olive gets a call from her aunt, telling her that she has qualified for the beauty contest “Little Miss Sunshine”, she gets so excited, and in one way or another the whole family decides to go and give her their support.

During the trip a lot of bad things happen to them, and when everything seems like it can’t get any worse, it does. It has some funny moments, but is kinda depressing to see how everything gets worse and worse for everyone.

And even the end isn’t a happy ending: grandpa is dead, Dwayne discovers he is daltonic and can’t be a pilot, Richard didn’t get the contract that he was waiting for, Frank gets more and more depressed and even Olive didn’t win the contest.

At the end the only thing we know is that they are far away from their home, with no money, a barely functional vehicle, broken dreams and with a dead family member. Everything seems darker than before to everyone, but i guess at least they settled their differences.

That is why this movie is so original and great. In real life things won’t get any better most of the time, there is no a happy ending for most people and that is exactly what we see on this movie. Also, it reflects how gross and unspeakable horrible are the beauty contests for little girls, which i found disgusting.

Also what is worth mentioning is that the main theme is pretty cool, it makes me feel both: happy and depressed. It’s pretty hard to explain, but i guess it really fits the mood of the whole movie, where even if everything looks so sad, they manage to be happy, specially Olive.

Rating: 4 out of 5

-Lawrence

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