Lil Miss Sunshine

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The film Little Miss Sunshine, directed by Jonathon Dayton and Valerie Faris, is about a dysfunctional family that take a road trip to a beauty contest, learning about relationships, failure and success, hopes and dreams along the way. Within this film, main topics such as dysfunctional families and personal failures arose as major components that made this movie what it was, along with showing the struggles people in society face today.

Little Miss Sunshine is based on the idea of a dysfunctional learning how to get through the impossible struggles that life throws at them. I believe that many families have issues with each other, such as personalities clashing, and difficult situations arising. In my opinion, my family is the definition of dysfunctional. With recently being the child of parents going through a messy divorce, involving many fights and yelling competitions between all members of my family. This however, helps me have a better understanding of this film, and its lack of steadiness within the family.

However, this family is believed to be the over exaggerated version of a dysfunctional family. This family’s problems were first presented in the first family dinner shown in this film. It shows how all the extreme individual personalities clash, with no-one being united together within members of the family. It beings with everyone coming to the table to eat, following with Grandpa complaining about having chicken for dinner yet again. After this, there is a conversation between Frank and Olive about why Frank had tried to kill himself. With suicide being a very sensitive and complicated topic, there were disagreements between Cheryl and Richard, the parents, about whether Olive, a young child, should hear why her uncle tried to kill himself. The dinner continues to a significant part in this scene where Cheryl and Olive listen to a voicemail on the answering machine, explaining that due to a...
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