Title: Little Miss Sunshine
Directors: Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
Writer: Michael Arndt
Starring: Abigail Breslin, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin, Toni Collette, Steve Carell
Music: Mychael Danna & DeVotchKa (and non-original music)
Distinctions: Oscars for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor (Arkin); Oscar nominations for Best Picture and Best Supporting Actress (Breslin); currently #231 on IMDb’s Top 250
Synopsis: a family takes a road trip to get their seven-year-old to a beauty pageant
Length: 101 minutes
How I saw it: on video, twice (rented from Netflix), most recently October 2008
Subjective Rating: 7/10 (Good).
Objective Rating: 9/10 (1 point off for cinematography) c. 3.3/4 (Very good).
The first time I saw it, I was amused but didn’t think much of it. It was a lot funnier seeing it the second time, probably from knowing what things were building to. A simple score would have been much more effective than the standard Hip Indie Rock Soundtrack, but whatever, it’s still good music.