It'd been forever since I saw today's movie. So after a weekend full of family functions, it seemed like a prime opportunity to take a little visit to a family even more dysfunctional than mine!
Reasons why Little Miss Sunshine is awesome:
1. Abigail Breslin. Holy crap, that kid is fantastic.
2. When the horn on the Kombi gets stuck.
4. Steve Carrell. It's not his usual comic role, and he's pretty great.
5. Dwayne's emotional breakdown when he finds out that he can't get into the Air Force. It's brilliantly acted.
7. Greg Kinnear. His character's a total asshat for most of the movie, but he still manages to turn the character around by the end.
8. Stealing the grandfather's body from the hospital.
10. Paul Dano. He's FANTASTIC, considering he spends most of the movie in total silence.
11. The awful rendition of America the Beautiful.
12. Olive practicing her surprised winner face.
14. Richard's face during the talent portion of the competition. Priceless.
15. Dwayne's "I hate EVERYONE" note.
16. Richard's awkward dance moves.
18. Tiger faces.
19. Dropping the grandfather out of the window.
20. Push starting the Kombi.
22. Dwayne and Frank lasting two whole seconds in the talent section before running out.
Plus, the following quotes:
- "You don't speak because of Freidrich Nietzsche? ...Alright then."
- "Sarcasm is the refuge of losers." "Is it? Really??"
- "A real loser is someone so afraid of not winning that he doesn't even try."
- "Did I mention that I'm the preeminent Proust scholar in the US?"
- "You do what you love and fuck the rest."
- "Oh Jesus. God. I'm being pulled over. Here we go. Everybody just...act normal."
- "I apologise for the things I said. I was upset and I didn't really mean it."
- "Anything else?" "Yeah, is there a funeral home around here?"
- "Are you authorised to be backstage?" "No. *keeps walking*"
- "Is he here? Where's your grandpa right now?" "In the trunk of our car."
- "Can I get the, uh, waffles? And, um, what does "a la mode-y" mean?" "Oh that means it comes with ice cream!" "Okay. A la mode-y then."
- "I'm glad you're talking again, Dwayne. You're not nearly as stupid as you look."
- "He fell in love with another man, a colleague of mine; Larry Sugarman." "Who's Larry Sugarman?" "Probably the second highest regarded Proust scholar in the US." "Who's number 1?" "That would be me, Rich." "Really?"
- "I wish I could just sleep until I was eighteen and skip all this crap-high school and everything-just skip it." "Do you know who Marcel Proust is?" "He's the guy you teach." "Yeah. French writer. Total loser. Never had a real job. Unrequited love affairs. Gay. Spent 20 years writing a book almost no one reads. But he's also probably the greatest writer since Shakespeare. Anyway, he uh... he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years he suffered, Those were the best years of his life, 'cause they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're 18... Ah, think of the suffering you're gonna miss. I mean high school? High school - those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that."
- "Okay, you're out. On the condition that you never enter your daughter in a beauty pageant in the state of California, ever again. Ever." "I think we can live with that."
Have you seen it? Do you love it?