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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)



Critic Consensus: Little Miss Sunshine succeeds thanks to a strong ensemble cast that includes Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, and Abigail Breslin, as well as a delightfully funny script.

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When a pudgy, bespectacled seven-year-old, Olive (Abigail Breslin), voices her desire to take home the coveted Little Miss Sunshine crown at an upcoming beauty pageant, her wildly dysfunctional family sets out on an interstate road trip to ensure her a clear shot at realizing her dreams in former music video directorial team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' quirky feature debut, starring Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, and Toni Collette. Despite early career success as an outspoken motivational speaker, family patriarch Richard (Kinnear) continues to cling to his "Refuse to Lose" philosophy, much to the chagrin of his increasingly annoyed spouse, Sheryl (Collette). Add into the mix a Nietzsche-reading teenage son (Paul Dano) who has taken a vow of silence until he finds his fate as a fighter pilot; a horny, heroin-happy grandfather (Alan Arkin) with a penchant for creative profanity; and a suicidal genius (Carell) and Proust scholar still reeling about losing both his male lover and his MacArthur Foundation genius grant -- and the stage is set for a road trip in which sanity is sure to take the back seat. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

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Greg Kinnear
as Richard Hoover
Toni Collette
as Sheryl Hoover
Steve Carell
as Frank Hoover
Paul Dano
as Dwayne Hoover
Abigail Breslin
as Olive Hoover
Alan Arkin
as Grandpa Edwin Hoover
Bryan Cranston
as Stan Grossman
Beth Grant
as Pageant Official Jenkins
Mary Lynn Rajskub
as Pageant Assistant Pam
Marc Turtletaub
as Doctor No. 1
Brenda Canela
as Waitress
Robert O'Connor
as Pageant Judge No. 1
Gordon Thomson
as Larry Sugarman
Matt Winston
as Pageant MC
Chuck Loring
as Convenience Store Proprietor
John Walcutt
as Doctor No. 2
Dean Norris
as State Trooper McCleary
Lauren Shiohama
as Miss California
Jerry Giles
as Funeral Home Worker
Geoff Meed
as Biker Dad
Casandra Ashe
as Girl in Hallway
Mel Rodriguez
as Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman
as Pageant Contestant
Cassandra Ashe
as Pageant Contestant No. 1
Brittany Baird
as Pageant Contestant
Alissa Anderegg
as Pageant Contestant No. 2
Brenae Bandy
as Pageant Contestant
Maliah Hudson
as Pageant Contestant No. 3
Erik David
as Photographer
Lindsey Jordan
as Pageant Contestant
Annabelle Roberts
as Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr
as Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird
as Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas
as Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs
as Pageant Contestant
Shane Murphy
as Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love
as Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee
as Pageant Contestant
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Critic Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

All Critics (219) | Top Critics (64)

The best thing about American cinema is that besides the studio-assembled big ticket movies, there's also the flourishing indie film movement which keeps throwing up some delightfully refreshing movies.

January 23, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

It doesn't exploit its characters for comedy or life lessons; it simply embraces the family members and lets them be themselves.

March 24, 2007
Top Critic

All indie-movie families may start out unhappy in their own way, but by the time the final credits roll, everyone remains complacent, confident of their brood's superiority.

February 3, 2007 | Rating: 2/6 | Full Review…

Sunny or dark, comedy should never be as predictable as Little Miss Sunshine.

November 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/5

... a scrappy human comedy that takes an honest path to laughs and is twice as funny and touching for it.

November 10, 2006 | Rating: 3/4

... this isn't much more than a glorified sitcom, but it deftly dramatizes our conflicting desires for individuality and an audience to applaud it.

November 10, 2006 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

One of my favourite movies of all time!

Film Crazy
Film Crazy

Super Reviewer


A nice film about a dysfunctional family with a great script. Funny at times, but definitely original. Alan Arkin gives a great performance.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer


Wonderful, touching, original, and engaging in every way. I rarely watch a movie twice; I've seen this one three times, and enjoyed it each time.

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

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