Little Miss Sunshine

by Scott Smith

I never had any interest in seeing Little Miss Sunshine. The cast is just fine, but the film’s marketing made me wonder if this was a knock-off of a spelling-bee-feel-good film.

It ain’t. This is a lovely film. It explores a weird family dynamic with a junior miss beauty pageant as the major plot line. By the end of the film, you care about these characters. They don’t need redemption, which is the usual.

I didn’t realize it was nominated and awarded so many awards. I don’t pay attention to awards shows. I have to say giving the writer the award for original screenplay was the right move.

Favorite line: “Let Olive be Olive.” Favorite moment: Adam Arkin snorting heroin.