Monday, August 07, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine (***)

It may not be the funniest movie you'll ever see, but the word of mouth on this one is good, and for good reason. It's one of the smartest, most enjoyable films of the year. The cast is excellent with Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin as the two kids being the standouts. And Steve Carell continues on his fast trak to superstardom with another low-key, subtle performance. I liked it more as a light drama, with a lot of comedic moments, rather than as a straight up comedy. Like the yellow VW that features prominently in the story, the movie takes a while to get rolling, but once it does, it just keeps getting better and better, and engages you more and more. My wife calls this movie "an independent film for people who don't like independent films," and she's absolutely right. But there's nothing wrong with that. Given the dull summer at the movies we've had, Little Miss Sunshine is a bright ray of, you guessed it, sunshine.


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