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Little Miss Sunshine Review

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5.0

Dave White Profile

… coolest, smartest, funniest … Read full review

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  • 4.0
    80

    out of 100

    Metascore®
    Generally favorable reviews
    based on a weighted average of all
    critic review scores.

  • 50

    out of 100

    Entertainment Weekly Owen Gleiberman

    If you're going to get on the wavelength of Little Miss Sunshine, you've got to be able to enjoy a comedy in which the characters fit into hermetically cute, predetermined sitcom slots.

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  • 80

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter

    A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    USA Today Claudia Puig

    It has been a while since we've seen such a consistently funny and entertaining road movie.

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  • 90

    out of 100

    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    While the film itself isn't perfect, who cares about perfection in the face of abundant life, authentic screwiness and lovely surprises by the busload?

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

Iffy for 15+

Ride along to dysfunction in quirky indie comedy.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this family road trip movie includes sexual slang and references to drugs, mostly by the grandfather. Pornographic magazines (only the covers are shown) and a comedic striptease figure into the plot. Characters discuss depression and suicide (Uncle Frank has cut his wrists before the movie starts; his bandages are visible). There are conversations about "winning" and "losing," as measured by financial success. A character dies about halfway through the film; the family wraps up his body and carries it in their van to their destination. Characters curse (several "f--k"s), and the mother smokes a couple of cigarettes.

  • Families can talk about the way the Hoovers come to respect one another's differences. How does young Olive remind the adults of their lack of faith, innocence, and commitment?
  • How does the beauty pageant serve as a metaphor for other competitions in the film -- say, between family members?
  • How might Richard be more open to his family's needs, rather than trying to make them conform to his?
  • Why do you think this movie -- a little indie discovered at the Sundance Film Festival -- did so well with audiences? What's it's appeal?

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: Family members argue, lie to each other, discuss suicide, sex, and death. But they also comfort each other and support each other when it really counts.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: References to suicide (Frank's cut wrists/bandages are visible, and Dwayne threatens to kill himself); some slapsticky antics; a character dies in his sleep, and the body plays a role in the rest of the movie.

  • sex false3

    Sex: Grandfather alludes to sexual desire and acts; Frank purchases porn magazines (gay and straight); Olive's suggestive performance at the pageant (taught to her by her grandfather) upsets the pagent officials. A character is gay.

  • language false3

    Language: Around 10 "f--k"s, as well as other mild profanity.

  • consumerism false0

    Consumerism: Mostly references to or brief shots of food products (fried chicken, Sprite, McDonald's, Burger King, Coca-Cola), plus Miata, Volkswagen.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Sheryl smokes cigarettes; Grandpa refers to cocaine and heroin use and is shown snorting drugs once.

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