Louis Proyect: The Unrepentant Marxist

September 23, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Filed under: Film — louisproyect @ 1:34 am

Update: I finally got around to watching this film in its entirety. My review is here.

Another Update: James Wolcott of Vanity Fair has a blog entry on “Little Miss Sunshine” here.

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As a member of NYFCO (New York Film Critics Online), I get to see films for free at AMC/Loew’s theaters. Unlike my colleagues, I tend not to use the privilege that often. Generally speaking, they have professional obligations to cover the latest dreadful weekly openings. I tend to review documentaries, foreign films and rented vintage films. NYFCO has an awards meeting at the end of the year that picks the best out of Hollywood in the spirit of the Oscars. Last year my nominations were viewed with a mixture of annoyance and bemusement. This year I feel honor-bound to try to take in some of the more critically acclaimed independent films made in the USA that are generally favored by my colleagues. As my first foray into this unfamiliar territory, I went to see “Little Miss Sunshine” with an open mind. It only took me 10 minutes to walk out of this off-putting mess of a film.

The first 10 minutes of the film introduce you to the most unpalatable group of characters imaginable, all members of the dysfunctional Hoover family in Albuquerque that goes on a cross-country trip to enter their young daughter at a beauty contest of the sort that JonBenet Ramsey was exploited at until she was murdered. I got off at the first exit myself.

Greg Kinnear plays Richard Hoover, the little girl’s father. He is first seen presenting one of those dopey motivational talks about how to succeed in business in nine easy steps to a tiny group of paying customers. This of course establishes him as a complete loser. How can you make a living giving such talks when you can’t fill the seats yourself?

His teenage son Dwayne is played by Paul Dano. His bedroom is constructed as a shrine to Friedrich Nietzsche, whose writings have inspired him to take an oath of silence. Why is not exactly clear. When I was a miserable adolescent myself, reading Nietzsche made me want to speechify. Despite his deep alienation, Dwayne has his heart set on being accepted at the Air Force Academy as a first step toward realizing his dream of being a fighter pilot. In other words, the character has no reality. Teenage boys with such hopes do not read Nietzsche. They play video games, watch football and beat up boys like Dwayne.

Richard Hoover’s father Edwin (played by Alan Arkin) lives with the family. We first meet him in the family bathroom snorting heroin–he has been thrown out of a senior residence for unspecified misbehavior.

Olive Hoover, the youthful beauty contest aspirant, is played by Abigail Breslin. She is obsessed with Miss America contests and spends every free moment watching past contests on her VCR.

Richard’s wife Sheryl (Toni Collette) returns home with Richard’s brother Frank, a college professor and Proust scholar who has just been released from the hospital after slashing his wrists. He is played by Steve Carrell, the star of the horrid “40 Year Old Virgin,” another film that has him typecast as a pathetic loser.

As the entire clan sits down for a dinner of take-out fried chicken, Frank explains the bandages on his wrist to Olive, who was initially told that he was in some kind of accident. He confesses that he attempted suicide after being rejected by a male student that he had fallen in love with. Olive is aghast at the news that men can love other men. It seems doubtful, of course, that a 10 year old in contemporary America would be unaware that homosexuals exist. While munching on a corncob, the grandfather says that there are words to describe such behavior but he would refrain from using them.

Shortly after dinner, Richard expresses his anxiety about getting a phone call from Stan Grossman who has been working with him to get his book published. When I heard that name, I said to myself that rings a bell. After beginning to reflect more on the character that Greg Kinnear was playing, a pathetic loser with delusions of grandeur, I suddenly realized that Stan Grossman was a character in “Fargo,” the financial adviser to the millionaire father of the kidnapped woman. The Kinnear character was practically lifted from the husband (played by William Macy) of that woman.

Okay, I get it. The film had now classified itself, if there was any doubt, as belonging to the freak show tradition mastered by the Coen brothers and emulated by bright young things coming out of film school everywhere–but without the talent of the Coen brothers (sadly mostly now eroded.) The idea of spending another 90 minutes with the Hoovers was about as appetizing as getting root-canal work, so I walked out.

The 10 minutes of this film left me feeling with such a sour taste that I decided to write about it when I got home. Who was responsible for this freak show crafted for an audience whose sense of humor has largely been molded by television situation comedies and SNL?

It is co-directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who have never made a feature film before. They have done nothing except music videos before, featuring attractions like Paula Abdul and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Indeed. It was written by one Michael Arndt, who had never written a screenplay before. It shows.

I suppose I should have been more careful given this endorsement from Marc Cooper:

Faster, shorter movie review: “Little Miss Sunshine is fabulous.” It’s been a long, long, long time since I have so thoroughly enjoyed a movie. Go see it this weekend and report back.

I guess that Cooper is more in line with mainstream opinion on this film than me, since 93 percent of the critics on rottentomatoes.com, where my reviews appear, raved about it. (Of course, 93 percent of Americans probably hate Hugo Chavez along with Cooper as well, for what that’s worth.) Indeed, the audience was guffawing at the stupid jokes as I made my way up the aisle out of the theater. I guess I needed reminding why shows like “Will and Grace” remain on the air, if not beloved by millions.

Recently economists have been mulling over the question whether American workers have progressed at all since 1973. While the numbers indicate that more hours are needed to secure a house and other basic goods, some economists argue that the introduction of new technologies like cell phones, microwave ovens and video games, etc. more than make up for this.

I don’t know. I often feel nostalgic for the 1950s when you could go into a fruit store like my father’s and eat a tomato whose flavor expresses a kind of Platonic ideal, not to speak of the fact that you didn’t have to worry about e. coli.

I also feel nostalgic for the movies I used to watch when I was an undergraduate. The other night I caught most of “The Seventh Seal” on TCM and sat enthralled once again by Ingmar Bergman’s genius.

I’ll tell you what. I’ll give back my cell phone if I could see films like that any day of the week.

UPDATE:

Excellent review of “Little Miss Sunshine”

 

52 Comments »

  1. careful now, “nostalgia” for the 50’s by any white leftist has a lot of baggage behind it…

    Comment by asdf — September 23, 2006 @ 1:46 am

  2. If a 10-year-old who doesn’t know about homosexuality, a cranky old bigot, a loser motivational speaker, and a mixed up teenager shock you so much, you’re right not to go to movies much, good OR bad.

    Cranky in its own right, liberal pomposity as film criticism (Seventh Seal? are you kidding?) is also boring. Little Miss Sunshine has its flaws, but I never once wanted to throw a shoe at it, like I did several times watching Crash.

    Comment by John H — September 23, 2006 @ 4:36 am

  3. I wanted to walk out early on too, but the flick honestly did get better. Still way overrated, though.

    Comment by Paul — September 23, 2006 @ 11:09 am

  4. John Updike has an interesting comment on the lost excitement of movies in his excellent new novel “Terrorist.” In the excerpt below, character Jack Levy (an aging, burned-out New Jersey high school guidance counselor) reflects on how movies have changed since he and his wife Beth were young marrieds 36 years before:

    “Some Friday or Saturday nights they [Jack and Beth] … drive to some seedy cineplex that has sticky floors and charges seven dollars for a medium popcorn, if they can find a movie that isn’t too violent or sexy or too blatantly aimed at the mid-teen male demographic. Their courtship and young marriage coincided with the collapse of the studio system and the release of dazzling subversive visions – Midnight Cowboy, Easy Rider, Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice, The Wild bunch, A Clockwork Orange, Dirty Harry, Carnal Knowledge, Last Tango in Paris, the first Godfather, The Last Picture Show, American Graffiti – not to mention late Bergman and French and Italian films still full of angst and edge and national personality. These had been good movies, which kept a hip couple on its mental toes. There had still been a sense in the air, left over from ’68, that the world could be reimagined by young people. In sentimental memory of those shared revelations when they were both new to married sharing, Jack’s hand even now in the movies sneaks across and takes hers [Beth’s] from her lap and holds it … while their faces are being bathed in the explosions of some latter-day, dumbed-down thriller, the coldly calibrated shocks of its adolescent script mocking their old age.”

    Comment by Carl Remick — September 23, 2006 @ 1:04 pm

  5. “Despite his deep alienation, Dwayne has his heart set on being accepted at the Air Force Academy as a first step toward realizing his dream of being a fighter pilot. In other words, the character has no reality. Teenage boys with such hopes do not read Nietzsche. They play video games and watch football games.”

    Having not seen LMS, Paul Dano’s portrayal of Dwayne may very well be unconvincing and uncompelling from an acting standpoint, but not, I think, for the reasons Louis cites. I want to take a moment to challenge the sweeping generalizations going on here, without speaking in support of the movie itself.

    My mother read Nietzsche voraciously in high school and as a college undergrad. She was thoroughly alienated, politically skeptical of the right and the left, and never participated actively in the mass youth movements of the 60s, despite feeling no support for the US gov’t’s imperialist war abroad or socio-economic policies at home.

    After majoring in biology (because her father wanted her to; it took her more than six years to earn her Bachelor’s), she took a job with – you guessed it – the US Air Force. A job is a job. Granted, she was an officer working in communications, not a fighter pilot (she is a woman, and wears glasses to boot). Nonetheless, to say there are no alienated Nietzsche-readers in the military is as bigoted and prejudgmental as anything Hollywood churns out on a regular basis.

    My mother also watches football, and plays Nintendo with my younger brothers on a fairly regular basis. She is also ardently left-of-the-dems now, and has been known to rant against capitalism.

    Comment by Olli K — September 23, 2006 @ 1:09 pm

  6. I thought it was funny in a goofy sort of way, and touching. I suppose you have to have a head for certain kinds of comedy.

    As for Bergman, perhaps he’s a genius, but I find most of his films pretentious and boring. I second-acted The Passion of Anna. Haven’t ever reviewed it, though.

    Comment by Grumpy Old Man — September 24, 2006 @ 5:37 pm

  7. I liked “The Seventh Seal”, FWIW, but I don’t think that it was as good a film as “Smiles of a Summer Night” or “Shame”, or, for that matter, Bergman’s filming of “The Magic Flute”. It’s been a long time since I have seen any of Bergman’s films, tho’, so I don’t know how I would react to seeing these four now.

    Comment by Paul Lyon — September 25, 2006 @ 1:04 am

  8. A scathing review of the first 10 minutes of any movie is not going to be very convincing to anyone. If you’re not going to watch it don’t review it.

    Comment by Trilly — October 12, 2006 @ 1:31 pm

  9. I really have no intention of convincing anybody about “Little Miss Sunshine”. My “review” was simply a reaction to being assaulted by 10 minutes of bullshit on the screen. For a real review of the film, go to:

    http://www.altfg.com/reviewsl/little-miss-sunshine/review.htm

    Comment by louisproyect — October 12, 2006 @ 1:34 pm

  10. Oh, now I get it. Four months after an almost unanimously praised film is released, you watch 10 minutes of it so that you can write a smug anti-review.

    A little desperate for attention, are we?

    Comment by TZ — October 13, 2006 @ 4:09 am

  11. I was surpirsed by the review. I thought this movie a delight! Yes, I think it would take an educated, intelligent person to see the hidden messages incorporated throughout.( Not a movie for everyone. Not a movie for the easily offended. It makes you think too!) It is so crazy, rude, and crude you can’t help but laugh.( But oh so endearing too!) And by the way the girl is suppose to be 7 not ten. I teach 7 years old and they don’t know about such homosexuality in general.Olive’s response is a typical 7 year old response. “That is silly isn’t it!” The first ten minutes, I agree, are a bit strange. You don’t see the connection just yet, but if you hung in there you would have seen and heard some of the funniest scenes and one liners ever. I am still laughing at some of the lines in this movie( Where’s your grandpa honey?” In the ——a hoot!) There are moments in this movie where you can’t help but feel raw emotion. When Olive puts her head on Dwayne’s shoulder she doesn’t have to say a word to cheer him up. It displays the real “beauty” of the character by saying she knows exactly how to make her brother feel good without any words. And the scene in the gas station is heart wrenching! (As anyone who has ever had their heart broken can relate to the pain of the situation and in Steve Carell’s face)

    I enjoyed the movie so much just for the sheer ridiculousness of it. (I am not sure that is a word but it describes the movie well.) I never laughed so hard at the absurdity of this family’s situations during the journey.
    I would suggest you see it for this reason only. If you think your family is dysfunctional you will leave the movie feeling a whole lot better and realizing your family aint so half bad, so to speak!

    Comment by Mary Spangenberg — October 18, 2006 @ 10:45 pm

  12. I’m not sure whether you never read Nietzsche or were never a teenage boy! I read Nietzsche and all it made me want to do was join the Air Force! I was shocked a writer/director got it so right.

    Comment by F 16 Friedrich — October 21, 2006 @ 10:50 pm

  13. I was a teenage boy and certainly did read Nietzsche, just as I read Jack Kerouac and James Joyce’s short stories. Nietzsche only inspired me to skip my senior high school to get away from the “herd”, but joining the air force would have been lost on me since those were exactly the sort of people I was trying to escape in 1961. Anyhow, I figure you are trying to be funny so that’s no big deal. I only wish the movie was half as funny…

    Comment by louisproyect — October 21, 2006 @ 11:01 pm

  14. I found your review maddening to say the least. You walked out after 10 minutes so I really don’t think you qualify to even write a review. It was by far one of the best films Ive seen in years and I found all of the characters likeable. The acting was also exceptional. When the film wasnt being hilariously funny, it was touching. Although I found the beauty pageant scene at the end quite disturbing, it was true to life and showed what these pageants are really like. And who can say that Olives routine to Super Freak wasnt hilarious… 5 stars from me!

    Comment by Fan — October 23, 2006 @ 4:22 pm

  15. I didn’t like the first 10 minutes either. The characters seemed like indie-comedy-by-numbers, with their ridiculous quirks. The film did get better, though.

    As for the rest of what you said, what utter pompous BS.

    Comment by Markk — November 2, 2006 @ 11:22 pm

  16. I’m sorry, you’re welcome to your opinion and everything, but you really have no right to put down a film if you walked out 10 minutes in. If you ever had any self-respect as a review you’d never walk out of any film, however bad it may be.

    Comment by Ian — December 1, 2006 @ 3:18 am

  17. I like to hear other people’s point of view, but you are just dumb. You’re reviewing the first 10 minutes of a film and giving the entire film a bad review. Looks like your updated review was written as defiance of some of the comments posted here.

    Comment by andrew — December 19, 2006 @ 6:15 pm

  18. But I wasn’t “reviewing” the film. I was simply trying to explain why I refused to watch the rest of the film. Since “Little Miss Sunshine” aggravated me so much, I took the trouble to explain why. Yesterday I was at home nursing a head cold and was able to look at some more screeners that also went into the trash after 10 minutes. Here’s my list of films to stay away from:

    1. “Tsotsi”: Young South African hoodlum is reformed after he ends up with a baby that was in the backseat of a car he hijacked. Utterly preposterous.

    2. “Home of the Brave”: Idiotic film about Iraq war veterans trying to adjust to civilian life. Don’t waste your money and see “The Ground Truth” instead.

    3. “Notes on a Scandal”: Elderly lesbian schoolteacher makes life hell for younger schoolteacher who she catches in the act of giving a blowjob to a 15 year old student. A loathsome and unbelievable mess.

    Comment by louisproyect — December 19, 2006 @ 6:25 pm

  19. Oh, how novel. Twit with an overinflated opinion of his intelligence and appreciation of film hates a movie because his imagined “colleagues” liked it. The unwashed masses just don’t get it, right? Face it – you’re a pretentious bore.

    Comment by Max Taffey — December 23, 2006 @ 4:14 am

  20. I thought I was the only one who disliked Little Miss Sunshine! I was delighted to find and read your review. Regardless of what the other readers here said, this movie does NOT get better after 10 minutes. It is still filled with the same one-dimensional characters, predictability, inane plot, and lack of humor as the first 10 minutes. I especially detested the stereotyped character of the “funny” heroin snorting grandfather. How unreal can you get? You’re right – the whole thing was like a not particularly funny tv sitcom. How this movie got a 92% approval rating I will never know. This movie’s worst crime is not being funny.

    Comment by Carol Jevrem — December 28, 2006 @ 7:34 pm

  21. This was the WORST movie I’ve ever seen! I want my 2 hours back.

    Comment by Chuck — January 8, 2007 @ 4:16 am

  22. You wrote in your review/commentary:
    “Richard Hoover’s father Edwin (played by Alan Arkin) lives with the family. We first meet him in the family bathroom snorting heroin–he has been thrown out of a senior residence for unspecified misbehavior.”

    Later in the movie, while the family is traveling to the “Little Miss Sunshine” beauty pageant (in which Olive will be participating), the parents are discussing with Frank about where Grandpa used to live, and the mother remarks that the reason he had to leave was for snorting heroin.

    Comment by Cayla — January 8, 2007 @ 8:40 am

  23. Oh, and if it makes you feel any better, later in the movie, Grandpa dies from heroin usage.

    Comment by Cayla — January 8, 2007 @ 8:41 am

  24. I loved the movie. However, no one else I’ve talked to–who also loved the movie–thought that the guy Richard Hoover talks to briefly at the pageant–the big tough-looking guy in the audience. Richard asks: “Which one is yours?” and the tough answers: “I guess you haven’t been to many of these.” Wouldn’t anyone assume this guy was there with an “unpleasnt motive?” or have I seen too many Law and Order SVUs?

    Comment by Peggy Levine — January 8, 2007 @ 3:48 pm

  25. That you watched 10 minutes of the movie and thought it was bullshit is oddly parallel to what happened when I read your review, except it didn’t take me that long.

    Comment by Eta — January 16, 2007 @ 8:46 pm

  26. Just another pretentious prick with no sense of humor. Oh boy, give me more of them.

    Comment by Doug — January 21, 2007 @ 3:19 am

  27. There was another film which opened with
    some really repellent human beings – Pulp
    Fiction

    Comment by Bill — January 23, 2007 @ 9:17 pm

  28. Oh, thank God! I thought I was the ONLY one who hated this film!

    Comment by Jennifer — January 25, 2007 @ 4:27 am

  29. This piece of movie making tripe was a waste of a good cast. It was insulting to watch. I have no clue what the appeal was. How can such a poorly written script generate so much enthusiasm from an audience? I would have taken the movie out of the DVD player within 5 minutes if I hadn’t been with the person who bought it as a gift. If a film cannot hold my interest in the begining- I know I shouldn’t expect much. The character’s quirks were way over the top and the jokes were cliche and stupid. The story line was absurd. It wanted to be a cool, artsy, little film, but it tried too hard. BTW, am I the only one who didn’t find the little girl striptease scene funny? Perhaps in the sequel she will be on payroll at the Spearmint Rhino. Ha ha funny right? They could resurrect grandpa by bringing him back in a time machine, too. In addition, the suicidal gay guy could run for United States Congress. Oh and maybe the loser family will win the lottery.

    Comment by Lisa — January 30, 2007 @ 9:46 am

  30. A National Lampoon’s Vacation for the pompous artsy set, but far, far less funny and entertaining. OVERRATED. Elitist indie crowd feeling superior over the disfunctional family.

    Comment by AC — January 30, 2007 @ 4:08 pm

  31. My sister-in-law recommended this film (I hated the last film she recommended too), This film is awful. I think that when they don’t know into what catagory to place a movie, they call it a comedy. There were few laughs in this movie. A co-worker said I needed to see the end of the movie to appreciate it, but I had wasted more than an hour of my life already.

    Comment by bob alleman — February 3, 2007 @ 6:56 pm

  32. I did stay watching until the very end, hoping that somehow this movie would get better. My wife stopped watching after 30 minutes with the expression “Crap movie!”
    I gave it a chance, trying to believe that 91% of reviewers here couldn’t be wrong…but they are!!
    Boring, not funny at all and a complete waste of time!

    Comment by Dave — February 19, 2007 @ 6:19 am

  33. I watched the whole movie waiting for it to end. To me the movie had a few funny moments but the rest was pretty dull. The whole family was a bunch of losers and I thought that would change by the end of the movie, but it turned out that were all still losers at the end of the movie. This movie was dreadful and I’d like my money back!

    Comment by Taylor — February 27, 2007 @ 12:53 am

  34. I wish I had turned it off after 10 minutes but NO I had to watch the entire mess. Tedious, silly, not funny. Apparently the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences really hates Eddie Murphy. Why else would they have given Alan Arkin the Oscar? And you mean to tell me there wasn’t 25 other movies that could have been nominated for best picture?

    Comment by Alan — March 5, 2007 @ 7:59 pm

  35. We were uplifted by the recent comments of those who saw this film for what it was…a complete watse of time! To think that Arkin got best supporting actor for his lame perforamance only shows what the academy is all about. When the grandfather (Arkin) actually died in the movie my wife and I turned dumfounded to one another saying that this could not have been all he had to do to get the award. We thought there must be some surprise return of his charachter. But NO! Actually it was a blessing. Trite, superficial, vulgar, unredeeming and trash are the good things that can be said about the abomination. If you want to see a real fine accomplishment in film-making with true genius try Terry Gilliam’s Tideland.

    Comment by Gerry — March 11, 2007 @ 12:49 pm

  36. I will admit that Little Miss Sunshine is far from perfect, but I found this article to be mildly irritating. So good of Louis to find a way to mention that he was brilliant enough to read Nietzsche in his high school years, and was socially rejected for it. His thoughts on the film would have been much more poignant without the air of pretentious grandeur. Perhaps he should deflate his overblown head.

    Comment by Alison — April 15, 2007 @ 4:30 am

  37. I’m a fourteen year old girl and I read Nietzsche. It’s not impossible for a young person to enjoy literature. You’re what, thirty? And you can’t even sit and watch a movie for more than ten minutes. I suggest you watch the entire movie before making a review.

    Comment by Sarah — April 19, 2007 @ 8:10 pm

  38. I agree with Sarah, at least watch the whole thing before reviewing it. This guy is the movie equivalent of a sociopath.

    Perhaps a more objective perspective would result in a better, and fairer review. Great reviews are not just elitist opining, but informed, balanced evaluations, in terms of the medium.

    Comment by leighanne — April 24, 2007 @ 5:34 pm

  39. Oh and PS, Greg Kinnear’s character is nothing like Bill H. Macy’s character in Fargo!

    Comment by leighanne — April 24, 2007 @ 5:38 pm

  40. For those who didn’t get the movie you were probably not seeing the irony of it or don’t appreciate a movie that makes you think. Many of the scenes were symbolic. The family is suppose to be a loser family why would that change at the end?I think it takes an educated person thinking at a higher level or out of the box so to speak to understand this movie. It is crude in parts and vulgar but still very funny and endearing.I think this movie probably isn’t for a person that just wants to sit and be entertained without participating in the movies plot or characters. Not a movie for everyone!

    Comment by Mary Spangenbrg — June 25, 2007 @ 4:42 am

  41. It appears from your review that you didn’t actually WATCH the whole movie, rather left the theather while other patrons were actually enjoying it! I do not believe anyone has the right to criticize a movie if they have not actually watched the entire thing – even if they are a critic. 10 minutes? Seriously! I am shocked that Rotten Tomatoes would even include your review in their overall rating of this movie.

    Comment by M — August 1, 2007 @ 12:25 pm

  42. I agree with you about “will and grace” and “40 year old virgin” there are horrible movies and shows yet every one likes them. But for me a 16 year old girl I loved Little Miss Sunshine. Maybe because I was happy to see a movie that had offbeat humor like the show Arrested Development. But I wouldn’t call it a comedy it was more sad. Exspecialy the end when they seemed to be the perfect family for that moment. I can’t explain why that was sad. I also thought Dwayne was pretty hot.

    Comment by kaitlyn — August 14, 2007 @ 12:16 am

  43. Hey! from Japan, when I was in Paraguay I heard of this movie and wanted to see it ever since. I really enjoyed it. Its great to see that in spite everyone’s tough personality there was respect and care for what they wanted, and love and support to get there. Think about it, the dad and his investment was followed by the grandpa; the gay brother given importance by Olive; Dwaine who wanted to be a pilot and everyone accepted his silence; and the Olive who had everyone giving her support. Its true they all looked like losers, but they pursued their goal to the end…they are winners! I loved the spirit in the movie!

    Comment by Chiro — August 14, 2007 @ 12:22 am

  44. your a horrible person with a shrivelled heart.

    Comment by noah — September 14, 2007 @ 4:28 am

  45. Do you truly believe you can review a movie based on 10 minutes?

    I would grant that that might be appropriate for a violent horror, or something excruciatingly dull (in those first 10 minutes… I would still advocate watching more before writing a review though). However, where the movie is character driven and you watch just one scene – and do not have even the barest grasp of what each of the characters means, let alone see them grow based on the events and experiences of the movie – I don’t think you are qualified to say such thingsabout the unreality of characters.

    Fair call not to like it – if you had seen it.

    Comment by Lauren — September 29, 2007 @ 12:44 pm

  46. Although working with certain indie film stereotypes “Little Miss Sunshine” is original, funny, warm and charming. People who don’t enjoy this movie are simply too dumb, pseudo-intellectual, cynical, or insensitive for it ( sorry, but this is unfortunately the truth). You have to like human beings and understand their desperate, funny and tragic struggles for love, happiness, security and success in life, you have to feel love for the human spirit to enjoy this brilliant, little film. It’s like with most things in life.
    Some people see the beauty. Others see nothing. And someday they die. Without a smile on their faces.

    Comment by Simon — December 4, 2007 @ 10:11 pm

  47. Fucking heinous movie! which deserved no oscars and (astonishingly) won none. Now it will travel to the bottom of time’s toilet, unless it’s a floater.

    Comment by jasper — December 30, 2007 @ 7:36 am

  48. Hey, if you are in film school there is a great contest on UTube for Valentines Day. The contest is to create a video for the holiday. Actually its two contests, one is to recall your great love and the second is to actually do an online video proposal called “Will You Marry Me?” Here’s the URL http://www.youtube.com/greatestlovestories?cm_cid=twb8. If you’re in film school you’ve got a leg up.

    Comment by Flowers — January 31, 2008 @ 3:46 am

  49. Tired of weaving through the mindless nonsense that is spit out of much of today’s cinema, I randomly, and without any prior knowledge of the film bar the brief outline outside, wandered in with a friend to see Little Miss Sunshine. Not knowing what to expect, I was thoroughly surprised by what we had stumbled upon. Far from the mainstream comedy of the Western world, this film was simple and yet utterly hilarious. Even having watched it first in German and then in English a while later, the humor was untarnished!

    Taking the time out to write a scathing review and yet not taking the time to watch the whole movie is frankly a shame. As a reviewer you should most likely know this! A work of art isn’t just the first brush stroke… it’s the whole picture. Next time you might want to save yourself the embarrassment and think before you write, simply writing in a blunderbuss fashion like that… you don’t appear to be a reviewer

    Comment by Drifter — April 17, 2008 @ 6:16 am

  50. ‘The Seventh Seal’ is excellent, regarded by most as one of Bergman’s best though personally I really like ‘Wild Strawberries’.

    Are you a fan of Tarkovsky?

    Comment by Dolly Delightly — October 14, 2009 @ 6:37 am

  51. Get over yourself, you can then maybe start seeing. You are posting this on the web where some people might have read more broadly and with deeper understanding than you have. And then three might be some who are just sensitive enough, without ever having picked up a book. To all of them you are painfully embarrassing yourself.

    At least you name checked Bergman or Chavez to added a few laughs to your pretentious triteness.

    Ah, and you read Nietzsche in high school, how charming….

    Comment by John B. — June 1, 2010 @ 3:06 am

  52. You have totally misunderstood the message of the film. It is about the metamorphosis of the spirit. The camel become lion and then child. The child affirms life. This is the message of the film.

    Comment by Nietzsche — November 24, 2010 @ 4:10 pm


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