Little Miss Sunshine is a movie about a dysfunctional (yet oddly supportive) family’s road trip from hell. This extended family consists of a mother, father, her son from a previous relationship, daughter, uncle and grandfather. This film was released August 18, 2006 and won two Oscars for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role (Alan Arkin) and Best Writing, Original Screenplay. Abigail Breslin was nominated for her portrayal of Olive. Little Miss Sunshine was also nominated for Best Motion Picture of the Year. The film was nominated and awarded over 40 various awards. The Hoovers are a unique group, but they put the fun into dysfunctional. Grandpa Hoover, portrayed by Alan Arkin, is a heroin addicted, porn enjoying, nursing home evictee with a colorful and obscenity laced vocabulary. He is working with his granddaughter Olive on a dance routine for a beauty pageant. Grandpa advises his step-grandson to have lots of sex with lots of girls (the young stuff is the best stuff) while he is still underage and can’t be charged as an adult. Grandpa also tells Olive that she is beautiful when she is feeling insecure – not because of her brain or her personality, but because she is beautiful. It was oddly touching and sweet. Grandpa Hoover was dead and wrapped in a sheet, in the truck of the VW bus in the frame I am discussing. Richard Hoover, played by Greg Kinnear, is a motivational speaker touting the nine steps of success. The basis of which he repeats throughout the movie, “There are two kinds of people in the world, winners and losers, the difference is winners don’t quit.” He is frantically trying to get in contact with a man who is attempting to get a book deal to spread his ideas. He swings from strangely supportive by expressing his admiration of his stepson Dwayne for setting a goal and sticking to it (more about that below) and letting his cruel streak show by telling Olive that beauty queens don’t eat ice cream....
Cited: Giannetti, Louis. Understanding Movies Eleventh Edition. Upper Saddle River: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2008.
Little Miss Sunshine. Dir. Jonathon Dayton, Valerie Faris. Perf. Greg Kinnear, Steve Carrell and Toni Collette. DVD. 20th Century Fox, 2006.
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