Feel Better: Little Miss Sunshine

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  This past week has been a tough one for me jammed packed with ups and downs. Usually I use music as an outlet to relax myself, but there is one movie that will always make me feel better. 

  Little Miss Sunshine has been one of my favorite movies since my freshman year of high school. I remember bugging my dad if I could see it, and he wouldn't let me unless he watched it with me. If any of you have seen it, the Grandpa can get pretty raunchy, so my dad had to censor those parts at first. Don't worry though, I've seen it all in full since then. Now, the chicken scene is actually one of my favorite scenes. Anyways..

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  Little Miss Sunshine perfectly weaves the individual character's stories together to create the wacky adventure of the Hoover family taking Olive, played by Abigail Breslin, from Albuquerque to California to compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant.

  The beginning of the movie sets up each character's story. It shows Olive's dream to win Miss America. Also Olive's father, Richard, played by Greg Kinnear, is a motivational speaker who hopes to make it to the big leauges. You'll also see Grandpa, played by Alan Arkin, with his care for Olive along with his addiction to heroin. Like he says, "When you're old, you're crazy not to do it." The movie has plenty of Grandpa's wisdom. Trust me. Then there is Olive's half brother, Dwayne, played by Paul Dano, who is taking a vow of silence until he can achieve his goal of going to flight school. Olive's mother, Sheryl, played by Toni Collette, is struggling with her current marriage with Richard, and finally there is Olive's uncle, Frank, played by Steve Carell, who at the beginning deals with his failed suicide attempt. I know it seems like a lot to take in, but I guarantee its execution is heart-warming.

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  The movie touches on some darker themes while still keeping the story light & humorous as well. There are parts where you can't help but laugh and smile. Little Miss Sunshine can also hit you with melancholy where you can't help but maybe tear up. This movie is real, and it doesn't glamorize life like most other movies which is probably why I love it so much. Life can be a crazy rollercoaster of emotions and events. Nothing is ever set to go your way, but your family, no matter how dysfunctional, does their best to be there for you, and the Hoover family is a perfect definition of dysfunctional. This movie will always be a winner for me, and I hope it is for you too.