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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

R  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  18 August 2006 (USA)
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A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.


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In Albuquerque Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He 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-year-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 to make a dream ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Comedy | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

18 August 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pequeña Miss Sunshine  »

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Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$370,782 (USA) (28 July 2006)


$59,889,948 (USA) (23 March 2007)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Marc Turtletaub and his fellow producers bought the script for $250,000. See more »


At dinner, Sheryl pours Frank almost a full glass of soda. In the next shot Frank's glass is nearly empty. See more »


[first lines]
Richard: There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
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Referenced in An Afghan Night (2008) See more »


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Written by Darvin Jordan
Performed by Lindsey Jordan
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21 July 2006 | by (San Diego, CA) – See all my reviews

It's funny...go see it!

I'm really picky about films and this actually was original and humorous...smart and well acted. Unique.

Just go see it when it comes out. A few people I saw it with said it might be one of the best movies of the year. I completely agree with them. At first it seemed like the movie wasn't going to be funny at all...I mean can a mute and a suicidal man make a comedy? Yes they can!

It got funnier as it went along. I laughed so much I got tears in my eyes during the last dance scene.

The whole cast was great, Paul Dano, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell playing really serious at first...when I went into the movie, I thought it was a drama at first...Steve Carell was what brought me to the film in the first place...and Alan Arkin is funny in anything he does...I don't want to say much about this film...I want people to go to it and be surprised...

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