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Movie Review: Little Miss Sunshine

Wow. Talk about an amazing movie. I just got back from watching an excellently scripted and well-crafted movie. Take some really great actors and throw them into the mix and you have yourself an excellent movie, view with no special effects, ed no flashy CG, action choreography in sight. I’d say it’s a pretty low budget film, that cost 8 million dollars to make, in comparison to most movies these days. The story is about a family who tries their hardest to drive across country to get their daughter Olive (Abigal Breslin, people may remember her from Signs), to participate in a beauty pageant in California in their nice Volkswagen bus. It starts out with Olive staring at a recorded video tape of Miss Louisana being crowned Miss America and her pretending to accept her award. Switch to her brother Dwayne (Paul Dano), who is seen doing pushups, pull ups, and benching weights. Apparently he has taken an oath of silence until he fulfills his dream of attending the Airforce Academy. Grandpa (Alan Arkin) is in the bathroom doing heroine. Richard (Greg Kinnear), father to Olive and Dwayne is teaching a classroom about his 9 steps to success (or something […]