When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius and Proust scholar (Carell) still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. Fox's 2006 DVD release offers a commentary track by first-time directing duo Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris as well as writer Michael Arndt, and deleted scenes.
4 alternate endings with directors' commentary
Directors' commentary by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Screenwriter's commentary by Michael Arndt with directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Music video "Till the End of Time" performed by DeVotchKa from the Little Miss Sunshine soundtrack
A family that's got it's share of problems and keeps running----even if it does run a bit off the beaten path. A story of a family coming together for a road trip for the youngest member---played nicely by Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin in classic form as the Grandpa. The film culminates with the "Little Miss Sunshine" pageant in California and the whole trip is worth it just to see the "dance routine" Grandpa has coached his granddaughter to perform in the talent competition---a true "show-stopper"! A bit racy for a family film---not for young children, but an entertaining trip.
I LOVE IT!!!!!! As a hardcore movie lad I am disappointed to barely see this movie after all these years. This movie is phenomenal fun! Every character is amazing! They all carry the movie perfectly and the story eventho simple the obstacles of their course is what makes it stand out from anything else. The movie is dark/funny/sad/ tragic. I was NOT expecting this movie to go down the way it went, and I don’t mean that in a bad way, I mean this movie gets dark at times. HIGHLY recommend this to everyone