One of the undoubted highlights of this year’s Sundance Film Festival was Little Miss Sunshine, a beautifully crafted character piece starring the likes of Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin and current comedy god Steve Carrell.
Our very own Jamie Graham saw it and raved about it at the fest: “Playing to a packed crowd at the Eccles, it received a deservedly ecstatic reaction – much to the obvious delight of debut filmmakers Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. Okay, so its star names, ‘borrowed’ gags (hello National Lampoon’s Vacation) and Sundance-friendly characters (read: quirky) mark it out as an obvious favourite, but there’s no taking away from the skill of the execution.”
The plot sees Proust scholar Frank (Carell) re-evaluating his life after a failed suicide attempt. Moving in with his sister (Collette) and her family of equally strange types (a heroin-obsessed granddad, a loser husband who just happens to also be a motivational speaker, a Nietzsche-loving son and an ugly duckling daughter who dreams of being a beauty queen), he ends up taking part in their quest to get the daughter to the titular pageant.