A dysfunctional family travels hundreds of miles on their bus, just to enter the daughter in a beauty pageant.
When talking about dysfunctional families, you can't get much better than this one. Little Miss Sunshine is a perfect blend of dark humor, emotion, and sentimental moments. It mixes both the positive and the negative emotions throughout each character, showing what each individual is going through, and at the same time making it very believable, as if it's real.
While on their road trip, they stumble upon plenty of obstacles, which quickly make you realize that the family is for real, dedicated, and aren't going to let anything get in the way of them moving on-ward. Steve Carell plays a suicidal gay man who was just released from the insane asylum. Probably one of, if not his best performance he has ever shown. He can be great playing any character, I'm telling you! Meanwhile there is the son who will not speak due to his belief, the over-the-top/rather dirty grandfather (Allan Arkin), the mother, father, and of course the beauty pageant daughter. The characters together couldn't have been better. The chemistry was perfect, and really made the movie for me.
The message shown in this film is very inspiring, and really makes you think. In fact, there are multiple messages displayed. What I got out of it, is to pursue your dreams no matter what they may be, and don't let anyone or anything get in your way. Very powerful stuff, and shown perfectly on screen. The other message is a very deep one as well, showing that family isn't to take for granite, and that they are extremely important, no matter what you may go through. I nearly cried while viewing this film, due to how powerful and moving it is. Very inspiring to me.
Little Miss Sunshine is not a movie to be missed, and will make your day, leaving you feeling like you just viewed something very special.