I thought I have a dysfunctional family, but I was wrong! This is a movie about no matter bad your family is, you will stick with them through and through. A very charming movie which made me happy and sad at the same time. Totally offbeat and witty which is a rare treat.
Frank (Steve Carell) is suicidal, so he moves in to his sister's house, Sheryl (Toni Collette). She married an over-achiever motivational speaker, Richard (Greg Kinnear). Her son, Dwayne (Paul Dano) is taking a silent oath, which he stops talking for 9 months. Her youngest daughter, Olive (Abigail Breslin) is registering for Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Richard's dad, Edwin (Alan Arkin) is a loud old man with an addiction to heroin. They receive a news that Olive is being nominated for the pageant, so they decide to go on a road trip to the pageant. Directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
Let me praise this movie first, because this movie really an ordinary story about an ordinary family but I can't get enough of how charming they are. I can't help to root them all the way, although I thought Richard, the dad, is an asshole. I hate over-achiever maniac. But in the end, he gets my sympathy, because he's doing it for his family. I truly enjoyed the creative storyline, I think it's beautiful and funny. But make no mistake about it; this is a dark comedy. A story about life in general. I can pin-point the meaning in this film, that life is nothing but a big Murphy's Law; where everything is wrong CAN go wrong and WILL go wrong. But that's life is all about, if not, we're not living and possibly not learning anything from our mistakes and experience. I thought this movie is a sweet and yet bitter gesture to everyone.
The acting is marvelous. I can't get enough credit for the whole cast. Everyone is doing a GREAT job in this movie. Steve Carell, who normally is funny, really can act as a sarcastic figure. Paul Dano hardly says anything, but he delivers his act with pure emotion and heartfelt. But the most awesome acting and cutest of them all of course is Abigail Breslin. The girl is a pure bliss. I usually hate kids, but this one made me wanna adopt her. The movie is full with tender and soft moments, and sometimes made me laughed out loud. Even they managed to make the audience laugh in unappropriate time! There are scenes that juxtaposed with comedic and tragedy timing, all in the same time! I couldn't figure out when to laugh and when to be sad! Overall, this movie is very good. The music is also very nostalgic, being composed by DeVotchKa, the one who was responsible with "Everything Is Illuminated" soundtrack. Truly wonderful film.
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