Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine

Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris Cast: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette

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Overview

When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius and Proust scholar (Carell) still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. Fox's 2006 DVD release offers a commentary track by first-time directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as well as writer Michael Arndt, and deleted scenes.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/19/2006
UPC: 0024543403319
Original Release: 2006
Rating: R
Source: Fox Searchlight
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:43:00
Sales rank: 7,743

Special Features

4 alternate endings with directors' commentary; Directors' commentary by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; Screenwriter's commentary by Michael Arndt with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris; Music video "Till the End of Time" performed by DeVotchKa from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Greg Kinnear Richard
Toni Collette Sheryl
Steve Carell Frank
Paul Dano Dwayne
Abigail Breslin Olive
Alan Arkin Grandpa
Marc Turtletaub Doctor #1
Jill Talley Cindy
Brenda Canela Diner Waitress
Julio Oscar Mechoso Mechanic
Chuck Loring Convenience Store Propietor
Justin Shilton Josh
Gordon Thomson Larry Sugarman
Steven Christopher Parker Teen Boy #1
Bryan Cranston Stan Grossman
John Walcutt Doctor #2
Paula Newsome Linda
Dean Norris State Trooper McCleary
Beth Grant Pageant Official Jenkins
Wallace Langham Kirby
Lauren Shiohama Miss California
Mary Lynn Rajskub Pageant Assistant Pam
Jerry Giles Funeral Home Worker
Geoff Meed Biker Dad
Matt Winston Pageant MC
Joan Scheckel Judge
Casandra Ashe Girl in Hallway
Melvin Rodriguez Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman Pageant Contestant
Brittany Baird Pageant Contestant
Brenae Bandy Pageant Contestant
Maliah Hudson Pageant Contestant
Lindsey Jordan Pageant Contestant
Annabelle Roberts Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr Pageant Contestant
Alissa Anderegg Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs Pageant Contestant
Shane Murphy Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee Pageant Contestant

Technical Credits
Jonathan Dayton Director
Valerie Faris Director
Christie Abercrombi Stunts
Michael Arndt Screenwriter
Justine Baddeley Casting
Albert Berger Producer
Michael Beugg Executive Producer
Kacie Borrowman Stunts
Clay Boss Stunts
Jeb Brody Executive Producer
Peter Claven Cullen Stunts
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Kimberly Davis-Wagner Casting
Marguerite Derricks Choreography
David T. Friendly Producer
Jeffrey P. Greeley Camera Operator
Rick Gunderson Stunts
Brad Haehnel Sound Mixer
Riley Thomas Harper Stunts
Tracie Richelle Harrison Stunts
Kalina Ivanov Production Designer
Susan Jacobs Musical Direction/Supervision
Johnny Johnson Stunts
Lawrence Karman Camera Operator
Bart Lipton Associate Producer
Anne Litt Musical Direction/Supervision
Kevin Maier Stunts
Pamela Martin Editor
Joe Everett Michaels Stunts
Steven A. Morrow Sound Mixer
Alan Muraoka Art Director
Paramount Recording Studios Sound Mixer
Peter Saraf Producer
Thomas Patrick Smith Asst. Director
Nancy Steiner Costumes/Costume Designer
Tim Suhrstedt Cinematographer
Matt Taylor Stunts
Tim Trella Stunts
Marc Turtletaub Producer
Jenny Worman Stunts
Ron Yerxa Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1, Side A -- Little Miss Sunshine [P&S]
1. The Hoovers Plus One
2. Homecoming
3. A Nice Family Dinner
4. Winner!
5. The Voice of Experience
6. A la Mode
7. Damn Clutch
8. The Refuge of Losers
9. Gas Station Blues
10. Guts
11. Beauty Rest
12. Nine Steps Back
13. A Long Life
14. Never Give Up
15. Pretending to Be Normal
16. End of a Dream
17. Four Minutes Late
18. Final Touch-Ups
19. Our Lovely Contestants
20. Prime Suffering Years
21. Talent Galore
22. Kicking Ass
23. Incredible
24. End Titles
Disc #1, Side B -- Little Miss Sunshine [WS]
1. The Hoovers Plus One
2. Homecoming
3. A Nice Family Dinner
4. Winner!
5. The Voice of Experience
6. A la Mode
7. Damn Clutch
8. The Refuge of Losers
9. Gas Station Blues
10. Guts
11. Beauty Rest
12. Nine Steps Back
13. A Long Life
14. Never Give Up
15. Pretending to Be Normal
16. End of a Dream
17. Four Minutes Late
18. Final Touch-Ups
19. Our Lovely Contestants
20. Prime Suffering Years
21. Talent Galore
22. Kicking Ass
23. Incredible
24. End Titles

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Little Miss Sunshine 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Little Miss Sunshine is the Oscar-nominated comedy starring Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Alan Arkin. It’s the American family road-trip movie for the current generation. There was a lot of hype last year about this little-movie-that-could, directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and none of it was undeserved. Now on DVD, this film never ceases to entertain and delight. The eccentric Hoover family from Alberqueque rallies around their awkward young daughter, Olive, who has been invited to compete in the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant in California. Mom, Dad, daughter and son, along with Grandpa and Uncle pile into their old yellow VW bus, which has seen better days, and go off to help Olive chase her dream of being a beauty queen. The cast is an impeccable ensemble of Hollywood’s relative newcomers and veterans, and legend-in-the-making Steve Carell, steals several scenes as Uncle Frank, the suicidal, homosexual Proust scholar. Young Abigail Breslin really shines, though, and even earned an Oscar nod for her unforgettable performance. Little Miss Sunshine seems mildly humorous, with spots of black humor and somber heart-warming moments, for the first three quarters of the film. Then suddenly, without warning, it is uproariously funny, and stays that way until it fades to black. When the film was first released to theaters, the audience would invariably be falling out of their seats, crying and laughing, as little Miss Breslin performed her “talent” in the pageant. It truly is charming and warm and you do really fall in love with the characters, but the film offers so much more than just family dysfunction. It’s also a sharp satire of child beauty pageants. The last scene, at the pageant, is the funniest scene in any film released last year. The only thing that drags this little gem of a film down is the writing, and even that is easily overlooked. But something about the way writer Michael Arndt set up each character for a rise and fall came off as a little cheesy. It seemed just a little too much, especially when Dwayne, played by Paul Dano, found out he was color-blind. In the end, though, fifteen minutes into the film later, all is forgotten, dissolved into hysterical laughter. Little Miss Sunshine walks the delicate line of dark humor and family comedy with such precision and passion. It’s impossible to watch this film and not love it. The DVD includes four alternate endings and director commentary, and the film is just as good on the second, third and fourth viewings, as it was on the first.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
The Hoover family are on their way to California for Olive, where she's participating in a beauty pageant called Little Miss Sunshine. The acting was pretty good. The scenery was good too and especially the music. The ending was cute. Definitely recommend you see this, even if the movie's a little overrated, it's a really good movie.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This moviee iss greaatttt!! i loved it!! tottaly recomend it to anyone!!! hilarious!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Intelligent, witty and fun--this is one of those rare movies that I left the theater actually feeling that it was money well spent. There are scenes--several--especially at the end--where you laugh out loud endlessly. A truly unique comedy--so well acted, well written, and surprisingly heartwarming at moments. Stand out performances by all cast members. Don't miss it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was soo funny it should totally win the oscar for best movie
Guest More than 1 year ago
Is just inhuman. This was truly the best movie I have ever seen. It makes you think of your own family and how, when life becomes more than you think you can bear, you look around and see a group of people whose mere presence makes it bearable. It touches your heart, your mind and your soul in such a way that you leave with a sense of gratitude for everyone you know - whether it is the family you are born into or the family you choose. It defends the meaning of love and puts the 'fun' in dysfunction. Shame on anyone who doesn't have a positive thing to say about it. It's also funny that while I'm writing this, 'Love Will Keep Us Together' just came on the radio...
Guest More than 1 year ago
little miss sunshine was a heart-filled, very funny comedy. if you watch it, you WILL ador it. it was a wonderful film to watch that just wanted to make you cry and laugh at the same time. it is a great movie that everyone would love!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is an overly slick version of what a real indie movie might be. All the sharp edges have been burned off and you're left with a vaguely bad aftertaste and not a lot of substance.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie quickly climbed to the top of my all time favorites list. It has real heart. But it's also so funny I was crying because I was laughing so hard! I'll never see a VW bus in quite the same way again. You won't be dissapointed in this one!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recently saw this movie, while coming back from germany on the plane, and was delited to see we have great movie on our hands. It's funny,seriouse,heartwarming,betrayal, and all around what families have/may be going through. This is a movie to share with your family, and friends, (By the way I saw it twice , on the plane), You will be delited to see this, and have your heart racing with powerfull messages, for your family and friends. This should win an Oscar! Love life, and treasure your children. D..C Carubini
Guest More than 1 year ago
When this film was just an indie, a small film no one knew about, i saw it in the theater. Since the Oscars and all, everyone went ballistic to see it, and i can see why they were dissapointed. This was not a big budget film, in any way. There are no car chases and exploding buildings. Just a small storyline, with a little girl in a messed up world, trying to win a beauty pageant. Take it for what it was, people! Sorry this wasn't your everyday run of the mill crime show film "The Departed." This film was original and fresh. But it's hype sent it into a piece of media trash.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What makes this movies so wonderful is it celebrates the quirkyness of life. And in case you live in a bubble, people in general ARE quirky when you get down to the honesty of life. Who among us doesn't have strange stories to tell of family road trips? This is a story about people who are who they are for better or worse. We laugh because it rings true. We cry because it touches a part of us that taps into our life's experiences. Anyway, this movie is like no other because it tells a story of THIS family and no other. But in the end we can all relate because life is one big quirky mess.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is truly an astounding movie. It focuses around an amazingly disfunctional family forced to take a road trip together to support the youngest who aspires to be a beauty queen. This is one of only a handful of films that manages to be truly funny and very emotionally uplifting at the same time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is full of very dysfunctional characters but the interaction between them is great and the acting is top notch. Funny movie. Recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am a frequent movie goer, and watch US as well as foreign films. This is the funniest movie I have seen in the past few years. I laughed so hard I was in tears. It is very well acted and entertaining from beginning to end.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a complete mess and waste of time!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
It was just ok. The acting was great, but would you give a 5 star rating to a product where an actor was considered the best Ronald Mcdonald character ever seen? No. The story was rather bland and had only two, maybe three laughs. Might as well watch reality tv, it's about as interesting as those shows. Pretty depressing feel to the film on top of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I actually saw this movie FIVE(!!!) times in various theaters, with various friends, and it never got old. I still laughed AND cried at the humanity of it all. The characters are truly memorable, and everyone can relate to at least one of them- more likely all of them.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is so original, hilarious, heartwarming, and quirky! Instead of spending all its energy on funny gags, such as in other family road trip movies, this one focuses on the characters and the irony of their situations. Everything about this movie is wonderful,from the acting to the photography. The ending is unforgetably funny. It's a movie I will watch over and over again and never get tired of.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was surprised at how much I enjoyed this movie. It's very funny but there is no way Alan Arkin should have gotten the Best Supporting Actor Oscar over Eddie Murphy in Dreamgirls. When you see the movie, you will know why. Excellent acting.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is awesome! really loved this movie....I have watched over and over again!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was so good! it is the only movie where i have laughed while i cried. The actors are believable, and the plot will never get old. Wah-hoo!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been drawn to offbeat looks at Americana. Wes Anderson and Alexander Payne have both directed some of the freshest and funniest looks at the American family in recent years. So I was looking forward to Little Miss Sunshine. Unfortunately, I was disappointed. Can there be such a thing as predictable quirkiness? Take the father of the clan for example: A failed motivational speaker. Get the obvious joke? A loser who is always preaching to everyone about winning. How about the pervert Grandfather's pageant choreography? Bet you never saw that dance coming. I would rate this two stars out of five just for Alan Arkin. He deserves better then this. PS: Did anyone else notice that the family drove from Californina to Arizona and then back to California again.