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Chicago film critics circle 'The Departed'

28 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- The Chicago's film critics gave a trio of year’s best prizes to The Departed picking up Best Feature, director and adapted screenplay. The usual suspects won for acting awards and Emmanuel Lubezki looks like a sure pick for best cinematography at the Oscars this year for Children of Men. Futuristic film The Fountain won for best original score. Finally Rian Johnson was named most promising filmmaker for Brick. Here are the complete noms and winners (*). Best Picture"Babel"**The Departed**"Little Miss Sunshine""The Queen""United 93"Best Foreign-language Film:"Apocalypto"**Letters From Iwo Jima**"Pan's Labyrinth""Tsotsi""Volver"Best DIRECTORClint Eastwood for "Letters From Iwo Jima"Stephen Frears for "The Queen"Paul Greengrass for "United 93"Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu for "Babel"**Martin Scorsese** for "The Departed"Best Original Screenplay"Babel" -Guillermo Arriaga"Letters From Iwo Jima" -Iris Yamashita"Little Miss Sunshine" -Michael Arndt**The Queen »

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Boston Society Of Film Critics Winners

11 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links  The DepartedUnited 93Half Nelson Pretty ironic the Boston Society of Film Critics would be such big fans of The Departed (wicked obvious, no?). The film received top honors in the 25th aniversary of the Bsfc Awards. Their most recent winners of the past have been Brokeback Mounatin (2005), Sideways (2004), and Mystic River (2003). Formed in an attempt to showcase "Boston's unique critical perspective heard on a national and international level by awarding commendations to the best of the year's films and filmmakers," the Bsfc also really liked the indie underdogs United 93 and Half Nelson. Here are the complete list of 2006 winners: Best Picture: The Departed United 93, runner-up Best Director: Martin Scorsese, The Departed Paul Greengrass, United 93, runner-up Best Actor: Forest Whitaker, The Last King of Scotland Ryan Gosling, Half Nelson, runner-up Best Actress: Helen Mirren, The Queen Judi Dench, Notes on a Scandal, runner-up Best Supporting Actor: Mark Wahlberg, »

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L.A. Film Critics Ass. Winners

11 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links  Letters From Iwo JimaThe Queen  Children of Men The Los Angeles Critics Association picked their winners for 2006, and like the previously announced picks by the National Board of Review, it appears that this yearâ€.s clear fav is Letters From Iwo Jima. Also amongst the populist vote was The Queen â€. it picked up a no brainer best actress win for Helen Mirren, but also gave best supporting actor to Michael Sheen who did a great job at playing Tony Blair and a best screenplay for Peter Morgan â€. who manages to captivate the audiencesâ€. attention from first act to last fade out. Some other worthy mentions that may not be the consensus with other associations are the nods to the production value for the upcoming Children of Men and a big cred goes to L.A Critics for having the balls to pick Sacha Baron Cohen »

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'Teacher's' pets: Dayton, Faris

9 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, directors of the indie hit "Little Miss Sunshine", have set their sights on a new production, Warner Independent Pictures' adaptation of "The Abstinence Teacher", based on the forthcoming novel by Tom Perrotta.

The husband-and-wife directing team are in negotiations to helm the project, which will be written for the screen by Perrotta, author of "Election" and "Little Children".

Bona Fide Prods.' Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who produced "Sunshine" and "Little Children", are set to produce.

The novel "The Abstinence Teacher", set to debut in the fall from St. Martin's Press, is set in small-town middle America, where a divorced sex-education teacher and mother of two is forced to contend with the town's more conservative groups. While fighting to keep her freedom to teach students about sex, she finds herself falling for her daughter's born-again soccer coach.

"I admire Jonathan and Valerie's work, and along with Albert, Ron and Tom, they are a very talented group with great sensibilities, and we're excited to work with them," Warner Independent president Polly Cohen said. »

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'Sunshine' Group to Tackle 'Abstinence'

8 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links  The Abstinence TeacherValerie FarisJonathan Dayton  Warner Independent Pictures  Little Miss SunshineLittle Children The team that brought us the surprise hit Little Miss Sunshine are gathering again. The directing duo of Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton are reportedly in talks to helm the film adaptation of The Abstinence Teacher, based on an upcoming Tom Perrotta novel. The project will bring together the entire production team for the proposed Warner Independent Pictures project, as "Sunshine" producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa of Bona Fide Productions are slated to back â€.Teacherâ€. as well. The producers have a long history with the novelist; having brought Little Children and â€.Electionâ€. to the big screen, both of which were based on tomes by the author. Warnerâ€.s new prez Polly Cohen is banking on the team and the tome to be her first success, having snared the rights »

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National Board of Review Winners

7 December 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Surprise surprise! The first critic’s year-end best list is out via the National Board of Review and it looks like an Eastwood/Scorsese duel might unfold yet again. Letters From Iwo Jima tops the chart as Best Picture, but Marty picks up Best Director honors. I imagine that more West coast circles and associations might give higher grades for Dreamgirls, while the bizarre omission of Little Children in all of the categories will be compensated by east coast critics. Without further ado, here is the complete winner breakdown.: Best Film - Letters From Iwo Jima (Clint Eastwood) Best Director – Martin Scorsese (The Departed) Best Actor – Forest Whitaker (The Last King of Scotland) Best Actress – Helen Mirren (The Queen) Best Supporting Actor - Djimon Hounsou (Blood Diamond) Best Supporting Actress - Catherine O'Hara (For Your Consideration) Best breakthrough performance by an actress: Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls »

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'Teacher's' pets: Dayton, Faris

7 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, directors of the indie hit Little Miss Sunshine, have set their sights on a new production, Warner Independent Pictures' adaptation of The Abstinence Teacher, based on the forthcoming novel by Tom Perrotta.

The husband-and-wife directing team are in negotiations to helm the project, which will be written for the screen by Perrotta, author of Election and Little Children.

Bona Fide Prods.' Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, who produced Sunshine and Little Children, are set to produce.

The novel The Abstinence Teacher, set to debut in the fall from St. Martin's Press, is set in small-town middle America, where a divorced sex-education teacher and mother of two is forced to contend with the town's more conservative groups. While fighting to keep her freedom to teach students about sex, she finds herself falling for her daughter's born-again soccer coach.

"I admire Jonathan and Valerie's work, and along with Albert, Ron and Tom, they are a very talented group with great sensibilities, and we're excited to work with them," Warner Independent president Polly Cohen said. »

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NBR names 'Iwo Jima' top film

7 December 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

NEW YORK -- Fact-based fiction ruled this year's National Board of Review selections as Clint Eastwood's Japan-centric World War II drama Letters From Iwo Jima took home best film of the year honors.

Forest Whitaker nabbed best actor for his role as Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland, and Helen Mirren ruled as best actress for her portrayal of Queen Elizabeth II in The Queen.

Pedro Almodovar's Volver was named best foreign film, Davis Guggenheim's An Inconvenient Truth earned best documentary, John Lasseter and Joe Ranft's Cars won best animated film, and Martin Scorsese was named best director for The Departed, which topped the list of winners with three awards, including a place on the top 10 best film list and a best ensemble cast award.

The NBR's top 10 films, led by Iwo Jima, are Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, Edward Zwick's Blood Diamond, Departed, David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada, Eastwood's Iwo Jima companion film Flags of Our Fathers, Nicholas Hytner's The History Boys, Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine, Richard Eyre's Notes on a Scandal and John Curran's The Painted Veil.

Two much-discussed Oscar contenders, Dreamgirls and Queen, were overlooked on the top 10 list by a group that has been mired in controversy in recent years over the qualifications of its voters, who allegedly have given awards out to appease various studios.

This year, four of the top 10 films are from Warner Bros. Pictures, and one is from subsidiary Warner Independent Pictures, while three are from Fox Searchlight and one is from its sister studio, 20th Century Fox. »

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2007 Independent Spirit Awards Noms

29 November 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- It comes as no surprise that leading this year’s pack of nominees are Little Miss Sunshine and Half Nelson, but this year’s mix of contenders are a mixed breed coming from films that were showcased a little everywhere – including this year’s Sundance. And the 2007 Independent Spirit nominees are...Feature (Award given to the Producer)"American Gun," Ted Kroeber, producer"The Dead Girl," Tom Rosenberg, Henry Winterstern, Gary Lucchesi, Richard Wright, Eric Karten, Kevin Turen, producers"Half Nelson," Jamie Patricof, Alex Orlovsky, Lynette Howell, Anna Boden, Rosanne Korenberg, producers"Little Miss Sunshine," Marc Turtletaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa, producers"Pan's Labyrinth," Bertha Navarro, Alfonso Cuaron, Frida Torresblanco, Alvaro Augustin, Guillermo Del Toro, producersFIRST Feature (Award given to the director and producer)"Day Night Day Night," Julia Loktev, director; Julia Loktev, Melanie Judd, Jessica Levin, producers"Man Push Cart," Ramin Bahrani, director; Ramin Bahrani, »

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'Miss Sunshine,' 'Half Nelson' lead Spirit noms

28 November 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Little Miss Sunshine, a comedy about a dysfunctional family on an ill-fated road trip, and Half Nelson, a drama about the bond forged between a drug-addicted teacher and one of his students, lead the list of nominees for Film Independent's Spirit Awards, announced Tuesday.

Fox Searchlight's Sunshine and ThinkFilm's Nelson picked up five nominations apiece in the main categories, including best feature. Previously known as the Independent Spirit Awards, the awards, sponsored by Los Angeles-based Film Independent, honor achievements in the indie film scene. The winners will be revealed Feb. 24 at the group's annual awards luncheon, which takes place in a tent on the beach in Santa Monica.

In the best feature category, Sunshine and Nelson will compete with American Gun, a drama about the proliferation of guns in the U.S.; The Dead Girl, a mystery-thriller about a serial killer's victim; and Pan's Labyrinth, a politically charged fantasy film.

While the awards celebrate American independent cinema, a film qualifies if two of the three principal filmmmakers reside in the U.S., which is why the group included the Spanish-language Labyrinth.

Unlike past years, when some Spirit Awards nominees approached moderately budgeted studio fare, this year's selection hewed more closely to the lower-budgeted indie line. Sunshine, which was produced for about $8 million, has gone on to gross nearly $59 million domestically, while Nelson, which cost less than $1 million, has collected $2.7 million. In all, the group's nominating committees reached out to embrace 41 films, about half of which were produced for less than $1 million.

Past Spirit Award winners Felicity Huffman and Don Cheadle announced the nominees at the Hotel Sofitel in Los Angeles.

"There really is an explosion of talent in the lower-budgeted films," Film Independent executive director Dawn Hudson said. "We saw more submissions of lower-budgeted films and better lower-budgeted films. Independent film is no longer confined to small character dramas. There are political films here, satires, comedies and fantasies. And there's (David Lynch's) 'Inland Empire, ' which combines a lot of them."

Lynch and his frequent collaborator, Laura Dern, were singled out to receive a Special Distinction Award in recognition of their work together running from Blue Velvet through Inland Empire.

Sunshine and Nelson also earned noms for their directors: the team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, who helmed the comedy, and Ryan Fleck, who steered the drama. Their category also includes the late Robert Altman for A Prairie Home Companion, Karen Moncrieff for Dead Girl and Steven Soderbergh for Bubble.

Dayton and Faris were driving their kids to school -- in a blue van -- when they got the word.

"Our (twin) boys are 11, very into sports and very competitive -- they were cheering," Dayton said, laughing. Added Faris: "It's nice for them to know we are not moving out of our house. It gives them a small sense of security, even though there's no cash prize."

Alex Orlovsky and Jamie Patricof, producers of both Nelson and "Point & Shoot," were nominated for the Axium Producers Award, which rewards emerging producers with a $50,000 grant. Their competition is Julie Lynn, producer of Nine Lives and 10 Items or Less, and Howard Gertler and Tim Perell, producers of Shortbus and Pizza.

"We were all kind of bummed when we didn't get any awards at Sundance -- we got nothing, not even a consolation take-home tote bag," Patricof said. "This is a 180-degree turnaround."

Said ThinkFilm exec Mark Urman: "We're actively engaged in a properly funded and credible campaign for the Oscars in certain categories, and this helps. These nominations are sweet enough on their own, but it's no secret they're part of an even larger agenda."

For best male lead, the Spirit Awards nominated Aaron Eckhart for his lobbyist in Thank You for Smoking, Ryan Gosling for his teacher in Nelson, Edward Norton as a betrayed husband in The Painted Veil, Ahmad Razvi as a Pakistani rock star working as a coffee vendor in New York in Man Push Cart and Forest Whitaker as a high school principal in American Gun.

Gosling, whose chances of snaring a corresponding Oscar nom received a boost, said: "We watched (the nominations) on streaming video on our computer, and it was coming through very stutteringly. It was fun to see Don Cheadle say 'Half Nelson' so many times." »

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Deauville basks in 'Sunshine'

11 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DEAUVILLE, France -- Fox Searchlight's Little Miss Sunshine directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, won the Grand Prix as the 32nd Deauville Festival of American Cinema wrapped Sunday. The comedy, about a dysfunctional family on a road trip to a California beauty contest and starring Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, was released this weekend in France by Fox. The Deauville jury, headed by French actress-director Nicole Garcia, awarded the runner-up Jury Prize to Half Nelson, the first film directed by Ryan Fleck. The movie stars Ryan Gosling as a high school teacher with a drug habit who befriends a student. Both movies premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival before unspooling last month in Locarno, where Half Nelson picked up the special jury prize. Deauville's best screenplay award went to Sherrybaby, written and directed by Laurie Collyer. »

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Deauville basks in 'Sunshine'

11 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DEAUVILLE, France -- Fox Searchlight's Little Miss Sunshine directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, won the Grand Prix as the 32nd Deauville Festival of American Cinema wrapped Sunday. The comedy, about a dysfunctional family on a road trip to a California beauty contest and starring Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette, was released this weekend in France by Fox. The Deauville jury, headed by French actress-director Nicole Garcia, awarded the runner-up Jury Prize to Half Nelson, the first film directed by Ryan Fleck. The movie stars Ryan Gosling as a high school teacher with a drug habit who befriends a student. Both movies premiered in January at the Sundance Film Festival before unspooling last month in Locarno, where Half Nelson picked up the special jury prize. Deauville's best screenplay award went to Sherrybaby, written and directed by Laurie Collyer. »

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'Twelve,' 'Sunshine' well-received at Deauville

5 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DEAUVILLE, France -- The competition section at the 32nd Deauville Festival of American Cinema got under way here Monday with a duo of well-received movies. Michael Cuesta's multi-strand coming-of-age movie Twelve and Holding kicked off proceedings, drawing a strong response from the audience at the 1,500-seat theater, which was nearly full despite the Monday-morning screening time. The movie, which explores some tough themes, including pre-teen sex and child obesity, will be released by Diaphana in France on Sept 20. Cuesta was in town to talk up the film, his second trip to Deauville after bringing his debut effort L.I.E. here in 2002. The second movie to unspool in the 11-strong lineup of independent U.S. films was the crowd-pleasing Little Miss Sunshine, a Fox Searchlight release directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The mildly black comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Toni Colette drew spontaneous applause at its musical climax and sustained applause when the credits rolled. »

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'Twelve,' 'Sunshine' well-received at Deauville

4 September 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

DEAUVILLE, France -- The competition section at the 32nd Deauville Festival of American Cinema got under way here Monday with a duo of well-received movies. Michael Cuesta's multi-strand coming-of-age movie Twelve and Holding kicked off proceedings, drawing a strong response from the audience at the 1,500-seat theater, which was nearly full despite the Monday-morning screening time. The movie, which explores some tough themes, including pre-teen sex and child obesity, will be released by Diaphana in France on Sept 20. Cuesta was in town to talk up the film, his second trip to Deauville after bringing his debut effort L.I.E. here in 2002. The second movie to unspool in the 11-strong lineup of independent U.S. films was the crowd-pleasing Little Miss Sunshine, a Fox Searchlight release directed by Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The mildly black comedy starring Greg Kinnear and Toni Colette drew spontaneous applause at its musical climax and sustained applause when the credits rolled. »

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Sundance in France

2 August 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Vareity has announced that the The Deauville Festival of American Film will be honoring New Orleans during their 32nd annual festival opening the first of September. With Sundance celebrating number 25, the Deauville has slated a series of films shaped at their labs as well as ten features all vying for the number one prize. This year's Deauville will showcase a few productions already theatrically released - Thank You For Smoking, Little Miss Sunshine, Twelve and Holding and one world premiere - Todd Field's Little Children. Sharing the "same philosophy" according to Sundance patriarch Robert Redford, The Deauville will host lectures, classes, and discussions similar to its younger Park City sister. In Comp: Dito Monteil's "A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints," Paul Fitzgerald's "Forgiven," David Slade's "Hard Candy," Todd Field's "Little Children," Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' "Little Miss Sunshine," Laurie Collyer's "Sherrybaby," Hilary Brougher's "Stephanie Daley, »

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Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, directors of Little Miss Sunshine

1 August 2006 3:07 PM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

Co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris have been working together for more than 20 years doing videos for R.E.M, the Ramones, Weezer and the Smashing Pumpkins. They’ve shot commercials for Volkswagen, Apple and Espn. Now their first feature film, “Little Miss Sunshine,” is generating some huge buzz. This ensemble dramedy features Greg Kinnear (“As Good as It Gets), Toni Collette (“About a Boy”), Steve Carell (“The 40 Year Old Virgin”), Alan Arkin (“Slums of Beverly Hills”), Paul Dano (“Fast Food Nation”) and Abigal Breslin (“Signs”). The film is about a dysfunctional family which goes on a road trip to help Olivia (Breslin) enter the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. It took Dayton and Faris 5 years (and only 30 days of shooting) to put together. Amazingly, the directors were able to get »

- Jeff Bayer

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'Sunshine' honored at Sydney fest

26 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

SYDNEY -- U.S. independent films fared well in the prize lineup on the closing night of the Sydney Film Festival this year, with Sundance sparkler Little Miss Sunshine, Hong Kong-U.S. martial arts feature Fearless, documentary An Inconvenient Truth and Brazil/U.S. music documentary Favela Rising, taking home key awards, while local short film, Girl in a Mirror swept the Dendy Awards announced Saturday. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' debut feature, Little Miss Sunshine, one of many sold-out sessions at the festival, was the audience favorite, taking away the Urban Cinefile best feature-world cinema award, while Ronny Yu's Fearless, starring Jet Li as 19th century martial arts legend Huo Juan Jia won the audience award for best feature-sidebar program. David Guggenheim's engrossing documentary on climate change, An Inconvenient Truth, presented by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore, won the audience-voted best documentary--world cinema, while the "making of" documentary, that followed the progress of Australian feature Ten Canoes, The Balanda and The Bark Canoes, directed by Molly Reynolds, Tania Nehme and Rolf de Heer, won the best documentary in the sidebar program. »

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LAFF stylin' with 'Prada' opener

31 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

David Frankel's The Devil Wears Prada will kick off Film Independent's 2006 Los Angeles Film Festival on June 22 as the festival's opening-night film, screening at the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood. Fox Searchlight is releasing the film, which stars Meryl Streep as the editor of a woman's fashion magazine, on June 30. Sony Pictures Classics' Quinceanera, an East Los Angeles-set drama from directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland -- which won the Audience Award and Grand Jury Prize for drama at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- has been selected to serve as the fest's Centerpiece Premiere on June 30. Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris' Little Miss Sunshine, which Fox Searchlight acquired at Sundance, will close the festival July 2. »

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Sundance Journal: Day 7

26 January 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Luxury Items The most sought after bling at this festival are items I would normally take for granted. First luxury item is sleep. At the beginning of a festival you want to remain faithful to some sort of crazy viewing list you thought would be feasible. You make a couple of promises to publicists and filmmakers that you’ll catch their work. Well staying out at parties and spending your days in darkness for 10 hours a time means that the energy supply will be lacking towards the end. Getting enough ZZZZ’s and skipping out on a film or two is necessary. Next up Water. Your high up in the mountains and nature screws with your system. Fluids are a must. Warm socks. Yes warm socks to replace the other pair that you wore and that are now wet. Going to Sundance for 10 days – double up – make it 20 pairs. »

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Little Miss Sunshine

23 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

This review was written for the festival screening of Little Miss Sunshine.

PARK CITY -- A screwball family takes to the road and wondrously finds itself in this crowd-pleaser at Sundance. A brainy blend of farce and heart, this is one of those movies that veteran moviegoers complain they don't make anymore. Most winningly, Little Miss Sunshine should radiate warm appreciation across age and class lines.

Centering on the Hoover clan, a brood as goofy as any in this dysfunctional age, Sunshine rambles cross-country in the comic fashion of a latter-day National Lampoon's Vacation. Up front in the crowded yellow VW are Pop, a tightly wired motivational speaker; Mom, a decidedly desperate housewife; oldest child Dwayne, who refuses to speak; and tiny Olive, who dreams of winning a beauty contest. Further back are the extended, and even more addled family members: cantankerous gramps and Mom's depressed professorial sibling. As quirky as the tribe it transports, the VW not only can't start without a running push but incessantly honks.

As this aggregation sputters and rambles toward California (where else?), each member must confront a personal failure. Screenwriter Michael Arndt has brilliantly woven each family member's problems into an endearing and transforming amusement. Under the splendid modulation of co-directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, Sunshine careens along with a perfect combustion of character and comedy.

It's a tribute to the well-assembled cast that each character is not only antic in their own way but also identifiably human and sympathetic: Greg Kinnear shows fiber in the father's surface shallow character, while Toni Collette infuses an addled vulnerability to her role as the overstretched mom.

Alan Arkin is inspirationally whacko as a man nearing the end of his run. He is truly the court jester and, to a large extent, the off-center compass of this film's moral pinions. As the kids, Paul Dano is expressive as the non-talking Dwayne, while young Abigail Breslin is a vital blend of klutziness and grace as the ambitious grade-schooler. As the suicidal Proust scholar, Steve Carell distills an array of emotions into a credible whole.

Fueling this fun are the smart technical contributions: Credit composer Mychael Danna for the frothy sounds and Kalina Ivanov for the nutty middle-class production design.

LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE

Fox Searchlight

A Dayton/Faris Film and Big Beach/Bonafide production

Credits:

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Screenwriter: Michael Arndt

Producers: Marc Turteltaub, David T. Friendly, Peter Saraf, Albert Berger, Ron Yerxa

Director of photography: Tim Suhrstedt

Production designer: Kalina Ivanov

Music: Mychael Danna

Costume designer: Nancy Steiner

Editor: Pamela Martin

Cast:

Olive: Abigail Breslin

Richard: Greg Kinnear

Dwayne: Paul Dano

Grandpa: Alan Arkin

Sheryl: Toni Collette

Frank: Steve Carell

MPAA rating: R

Running time -- 101 minutes »

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