Love and scandal are the best sweeteners of tea. —Henry Fielding

05 September 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

I finally saw Little Miss Sunshine tonight. I just couldn't read any more Goethe, so I gave up and went to what passes for a proper cinema down here. (The theatre is so bad that you can hear the other movie that they're playing in the adjacent room. At some point one of the other patrons got up and had management turn up the volume in our theatre just so we wouldn't have to hear the bad accents of The Illusionist.)

It doesn't matter too much though, because Little Miss Sunshine is hilarious and I loved the film. It has a stellar cast (Greg Kinnear, Abigail Breslin, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Steve Carrell and Alan Arkin) and a great plot. The script is so clever and so fresh that family dysfunction seems like new territory. At some point I thought of the awful pretended-to-be-a-road-movie Transamerica and it occurred to me just how good Little Miss Sunshine is and just how bad it could have been in the wrong hands. But in capable co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, the movie shoots right along and sparkles the whole way. If you haven't seen this yet go out and do so. It's easily been the most enjoyable movie to come out this summer.

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