MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 168 this week

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 279,837 users   Metascore: 80/100
Reviews: 864 user | 264 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.

Writer:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 36 titles
created 13 May 2011
 
a list of 36 titles
created 03 Sep 2011
 
a list of 28 titles
created 03 Nov 2011
 
a list of 34 titles
created 6 months ago
 
a list of 30 titles
created 4 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Little Miss Sunshine.

User Polls

Won 2 Oscars. Another 54 wins & 55 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

A year after their father's funeral, three brothers travel across India by train in an attempt to bond with each other.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Owen Wilson, Adrien Brody, Jason Schwartzman
Transamerica (2005)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Director: Duncan Tucker
Stars: Felicity Huffman, Kevin Zegers, Fionnula Flanagan
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A man must struggle to travel home for Thanksgiving, with an obnoxious slob of a shower ring salesman his only companion.

Director: John Hughes
Stars: Steve Martin, John Candy, Laila Robins
Fanboys (2009)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Star Wars fanatics take a cross-country trip to George Lucas' Skywalker Ranch so their dying friend can see a screening of Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) before its release.

Director: Kyle Newman
Stars: Dan Fogler, Jay Baruchel, Kristen Bell
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Two terminally ill men escape from a cancer ward and head off on a road trip with a wish list of to-dos before they die.

Director: Rob Reiner
Stars: Jack Nicholson, Morgan Freeman, Sean Hayes
Ten Canoes (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A story within a story. In Australia's Northern Territory, a man tells us one of the stories of his people and his land. It's a story of an older man, Minygululu, who has three wives and ... See full summary »

Directors: Rolf de Heer, Peter Djigirr
Stars: Crusoe Kurddal, Jamie Gulpilil, Richard Birrinbirrin
Palindromes (2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Aviva is thirteen, awkward and sensitive. Her mother Joyce is warm and loving, as is her father, Steve, a regular guy who does have a fierce temper from time to time. The film revolves around her family, friends and neighbors.

Director: Todd Solondz
Stars: Jennifer Jason Leigh, Ellen Barkin, Stephen Adly Guirgis
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

With a plan to exact revenge on a mythical shark that killed his partner, oceanographer Steve Zissou rallies a crew that includes his estranged wife, a journalist, and a man who may or may not be his son.

Director: Wes Anderson
Stars: Bill Murray, Owen Wilson, Anjelica Huston
Last Holiday (2006)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

After she's diagnosed with a terminal illness, a shy woman decides to take a European vacation.

Director: Wayne Wang
Stars: Queen Latifah, LL Cool J, Timothy Hutton
Dutch (1991)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

To get to know his girlfriend's son, a man volunteers to pick him up from a prep school....only to learn that her son's not the nicest kid.

Director: Peter Faiman
Stars: Ed O'Neill, Ethan Embry, JoBeth Williams
Adventure | Animation | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

On Christmas Eve three homeless people living on the streets on Tokyo find a newborn baby among the trash and set out to find the parents.

Directors: Satoshi Kon, Shôgo Furuya
Stars: Tôru Emori, Yoshiaki Umegaki, Aya Okamoto
Davaro (1981)
Adventure | Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
Director: Kartal Tibet
Stars: Kemal Sunal, Sener Sen, Pembe Mutlu
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Doctor #1
...
Cindy
...
...
Mechanic
...
Convenience Store Proprietor
...
Josh
...
Larry Sugarman
...
Teen Boy #1
...
Stan Grossman
Edit

Storyline

In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual and expert in Proust, and tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders Sunset Manor and is addicted in heroin. When her seven years old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi), in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and make a dream come true. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

A family on the verge of a breakdown See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, some sex and drug content | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

18 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Miss Sunshine  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$665,165 (Australia) (13 October 2006)

Gross:

$59,889,948 (USA) (23 March 2007)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

After Olive hugs Dwayne and they begin to ascend back to the van, a sign can be seen in the background reading: "United we stand". See more »

Goofs

The freeway turnoffs, hotel and pier at the final destination are not in Redondo Beach. The location used for Redondo Beach is actually the Crowne Plaza Hotel near the 101 freeway in the city of Ventura, California. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Richard: There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #22.23 (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Tu Abandono
Written by Xocoyotzin Herrera
Performed by Francisco Javier Gonzalez and Jose Zuñiga
Courtesy of LMS Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
More than a fresh ray of sunshine!
7 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here is a film that lives up to the expectations of a very funny trailer. It's an oddball comedy, and it's dark, and it's funny, and it's touching, and it will charm the pants off many in the audience. Here is a simple story in which our lovely contestant and her family try to find their way to California so that she can prove to the world she is not a loser! The premise itself can lead to years of therapy for a family that should get a group rate in psychiatric care.

Expert editing and superb comedic performances from all the principals involved will have many overlook the fact that the plot line is a little too contrived at times. The set pieces will have the audience howling with laughter as we see different characters trying to overcome some pretty irreverent obstacles. The scene at the gas station contains moments of deep sadness and offbeat humor, something that Carrell pulls off wonderfully, and none will be able to look at the trunk of a car, some dubious literary material, and highway patrol the same way after seeing the infamous scene in the film.

The best is of course, saved for last, and by this time we are waiting for something outrageous which "Little Miss Sunshine" delivers unapologetically. A classic track will probably be recharged for a new generation, as the bonds of family precariously balance a moment that could be as tacky as they come.

"Sunshine" is one of the best things to come out of American cinema this year, an original film that relies on a script that understands the differences between generations in the same family. It doesn't explain why each character is as quirky as can be, and it doesn't build much background because it is not needed to make the film work. Kinnear, Colette, Abigail, Arkin, and Correll are a fine team and keep the film's feel fresh throughout the film. Here is a family that has no special qualities or powers, a family that will make us rejoice that creativity is still alive in Hollywood, a film that will provide us with plenty of much needed sunshine in an otherwise pretty dull summer.


309 of 426 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Why did Dwayne have to go on the trip? JumeirahSun
Were those REAL pageant girls? TheKonrad821
I didn't laugh once?!? spacker_boy
Strangest Movie I Have Ever Seen Paul2614
Did this film make you cry? kissme-12
Why was Olive in a fat suit? UltimaGabe
Discuss Little Miss Sunshine (2006) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?