Movie Review: Little Miss Sunshine

by Cait

Remember this little flick? If you haven’t taken the time to see this film, I highly recommend you push it to the top of your must-see list, and prepare for a feel-good-tornado.

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The film follows an untraditional family on a journey from Albuquerque, New Mexico to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant in Southern California. The contestant, Olive, is a chubby little girl prone to asking questions and obsessed with all things pageant-related.Abigail Breslin had to wear a fat suit to portray the Olive in the film, but I think that many of us who view the film will not notice her weight as any tremendous feature. She looks like a normal little girl on her own, but when she is put onstage with a bunch of prim beauty contestants, her light seems a bit dimmed. However, It doesn’t take long to discover that Olive is not one to be out-shined and neither is her family. Her grandpa is the choreographer of her talent, her dad is obsessed with success, her mom is trying to keep everyone together and well-fed, her brother is silent and with a dream of his own, and finally her uncle is a gay suicide risk. Simply put, this family does not paint the picture of perfection or traditional. They may not be perfect, but they’re real. The family is the meat of the movie. Their interactions with each other, their emotions in the scenes, the intensity of their co-dependency, it all makes for a believable family joyride through hell.

I strongly recommend this movie for its story. It is hilarious and fun to watch as it unfolds, but the film also holds a quality message. Depending on which character resonates most with you, I think you will take something from this film.

Until next time or not, I’m still Cait.