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“Little Miss Sunshine"

Dwayne’s Breakdown Scene

Keith Conly


Introduction to Film:
Dr. Soon

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) was directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris and is an American road-comedy that shatters the mold. Incredibly satirical and ironic yet, is how deeply human as the Hover family is one of the most endearing in recent film history. The film has a fabulous beginning in which you meet each Hoover individually, pointing out their great differences, during their personal moments through a series of montage shots. The daughter Olive inches away from the television screen intently reviewing pervious Miss America winners, the drug-addicted grandfather in the bathroom snorting heroine, the father out pitching a sub-par motivational speech about winning because he himself has yet to feel it, Mrs. Hoover on her way to pick up her suicidal brother from the hospital, and the son, Dwayne, buried deep into the readings and teachings of Friedrich Nietzsche.

The son, Dwayne, is overstepped several times throughout the film by his family members. Differing intensely from his relations, Dwayne has also taken a vow of silence, which clearly limits his ability to articulate his feelings. Since he chooses not to speak, it makes it very easy on the family to manipulate Dwayne into doing various things he does not wish to do, such as, go all the way to California to support his younger sister Olive in the Little Miss Sunshine competition. Dwayne has taken his vow of silence because the plight of his family will ultimately hold him back from reaching his personal dreams of one day attending flight school (Nietzsche 1).

Dwayne’s character to the viewer is seemingly fully developed. Dwayne experiences conflict in achieving his dramatic need, interacts with other characters, and interacts with himself (Character 26). Since the family is constantly together and bound to the bus, Dwayne accomplishes all of these traits because he knows...
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