“A real loser is someone who’s so afraid of not winning he doesn’t even try.” – Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Written by Yara

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“Where there’s a will, there’s a way”
No, I’m not here to offer you a motivational pep talk, nor am I here to offer a solution to your problems. I myself am not here to do these things, but this movie might do just that.

Olive (Abigail Breslin) is a young girl whose biggest dream is to become Miss America. When she has the opportunity of participating in an important contest, Olive’s dysfunctional family composed by her heroin addict grandfather (Alan Arkin), her suicidal uncle (Steve Carrell), depressive brother (Paul Dano), idealistic father (Greg Kinnear) and complacent mother (Toni Collette) is forced to go on one the most emotional and funny road trip that ever dared to roam America’s roads.

The most attractive aspect of Little Miss Sunshine is, without doubt, the outstanding cast and their extremely charismatic characters; the script favors all of them and the actors take full advantage of that. The relationships feel very natural, the dialogues are unpretentious and delivered with the perfect dosage of drama and comedy, the film captivates the audience within a few minutes. The situations are very original and somewhat authentic, the characters are forced to face their biggest disappointments within every mile and it is interesting to see the little Olive, who is the catalyst of everything, act like a true ray of sunshine guiding each member of her family.

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There is also a brief critic to the world of infant beauty pageants and the always relevant message of self-love and appreciation; Olive’s unwavering confidence is constantly shaken by her father’s mean remarks about her figure, only to be built up again by her grandfather’s deep admiration.  Greg Kinnear’s character idealistic resolutions and division of the world between winners and losers reflect in his family generating the from most complacent to the most rebellious behaviors.

In spite of its somewhat cliché message (see title), Little Miss Sunshine original and adorable ensemble is composed of moments that will make you think and ponder about certain aspects of life; besides that, the film is filled with now iconic scenes in the history of cinema. A light-hearted story about a family discovering themselves and each other in the most peculiar manner.

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