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  • However, this film tackles far more serious issues and delivers it's jokes with much more class and brilliance in it's writing for such comparisons to be made
  • Steve Carrell [who with his 40 Year Old Virgin which he made after this film, has celebrity status that will no doubt become a selling point] is a depressed man who, after a failed suicide attempt is made to stay with his frantic sister's [Toni Collete] family

    • by Digi
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      “Little Miss Sunshine” is an extraordinary comedy. It’s basic set-up as a road trip movie starring a middle-class family begs the comparison to National Lampoon’s “Vacation” or maybe even the recent “RV.

      ” However, this film tackles far more serious issues and delivers it’s jokes with much more class and brilliance in it’s writing for such comparisons to be made.

      We start the flick off with a quick


      glance at the emotional states of the lives of each character.

      Steve Carrell [who with his “40 Year Old Virgin” which he made after this film, has celebrity status that will no doubt become a selling point] is a depressed man who, after a failed suicide attempt is made to stay with his frantic sister’s [Toni Collete] family.

      Who include an angst-ridden teenage boy who has vowed ...


      • never to speak [Paul Dano], a heroin-addicted grandfather [Alan Arkin], a struggling self-help author who believes preaches his own mantra and the main catalyst for the plot: a beauty pangeant nominee daughter [the wonderful Abigail Breslin].

        The beauty pageant provides a driving [no pun intended] plot and some social commentary on the state of pressures put on our children to “look beautiful.

        ” Other plot details about the

        characters, such as the grandfather’s heroin addiction or another’s open homosexuality, could have ruined the atmosphere of this film if they had been treated as cliches [as is becoming the norm].

        However, the brilliant dialouge and wonderful performances [even from Steve Carell, who suprised me with his ability] take the front seat [pun definetly intended] to this bittersweet comedy about the stresses and strengths of a family.

        Not a film to be missed.




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