Little Miss Sunshine

2007-05-10

in Films and movies

As dysfunctional family films go, this is a clever and artistic one. Tolstoy was right to say that the genre is infinite. This film has strong hints of The Royal Tenenbaums: over-the-top characters, bearded men trying to commit suicide, and a similar tendency towards set-piece funny lines. At times, it is very funny indeed.

The first time I watched the film, it was unfortunately interrupted about ten minutes before the end. Only tonight did I finally get to see the conclusion, based on my flatmate Kai’s enviable collection of DVDs.

Little Miss Sunshine is recommended to those who like humour based on bizarre characterization and a have a reasonable tolerance for social criticism and absurdity. While the film is sometimes a bit on the disturbing side, it never comes close to the unwholesomeness of child beauty contests themselves.

PS. This is what my father and I intended to go see, only to find ourselves watching The Devil Wears Prada.

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Milan May 10, 2007 at 3:50 am

Yes. He looks like a pretty evil version of Galdalf. Still, reading Anna Karenina in the New York Public Library was an excellent experience.

Milan May 10, 2007 at 4:42 am

Incidentally, the last few minutes of the film are definitely the best part.

R.K. May 10, 2007 at 3:39 am

Wow. The Wikipedia page makes Tolstoy look utterly insane.

Anon @ Wadh May 10, 2007 at 6:42 pm

Now I have ‘Superfreak’ stuck in my head.

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