Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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Little Miss Sunshine: Directed by Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris. With Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin. A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

“Most people have commented on the brilliance of the acting in this movie. I agree with all they said. Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear and Alan Arkin are as good as we would expect them to be. Add sensitive and characterful performances from Paul Dano u0026amp; Steve Carell. Spotlight the amazing Abigail Breslin as a believable little girl trying to break into the Child Glamour Business through pageants like u0026quot;Little Miss Sunshine.u0026quot; It was when I contrasted her less than movie-star appearance with all the adult-glam of the other lacquered and made-up girls that I realized the subliminal message here.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eOliveu0026#39;s striptease is an honest (but disturbing) expose of what these pageants really are. Itu0026#39;s only when Oliveu0026#39;s family join her in making this into a game that we can begin cheering for her while being horrified by the hypocrisy of the whole pageant-thing.u003cbr/u003eu003cbr/u003eA brilliant movie!”

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