28 July, 2021

Little Miss Sunshine

Amazingly winsome portrayal of loony family values redefines feelgood cinema.

Little Miss Sunshine
Starring: Toni Colette, Greg Kinnear
Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Rating: ***

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. Take Little Miss Sunshine; Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s debut vehicle picks on one of the abiding concerns of Hollywood—the family—and presents it with an unpredictably kooky touch. Here’s another family that believes in loving, sharing, supporting and protecting each other but definitely not in an obvious touchy-feely way. They are a set of oddball, dysfunctional people. Each of these characters is presented with tremendous warmth; you feel deeply for them. It only helps that all the actors come together to deliver a knockout ensemble performance. There’s the ever-smoking mom Sheryl (Colette), the heroin-snorting grandad (Alan...

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