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Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- Frank and Dwayne talk about what makes life worth living as Olive gets ready for her beauty pageant.
Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.
Little Miss Sunshine -- 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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Writer (WGA):
Michael Arndt (written by)
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Release Date:
18 August 2006 (USA) See more »
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Where's Olive? See more »
Plot:
A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
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Won 2 Oscars. Another 65 wins & 67 nominations See more »
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Cast

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Abigail Breslin ... Olive Hoover

Greg Kinnear ... Richard Hoover

Paul Dano ... Dwayne

Alan Arkin ... Grandpa Edwin Hoover

Toni Collette ... Sheryl Hoover

Steve Carell ... Frank Ginsberg

Marc Turtletaub ... Doctor #1

Jill Talley ... Cindy

Brenda Canela ... Diner Waitress

Julio Oscar Mechoso ... Mechanic

Chuck Loring ... Convenience Store Proprietor

Justin Shilton ... Josh

Gordon Thomson ... Larry Sugarman

Steven Christopher Parker ... Teen Boy #1

Bryan Cranston ... Stan Grossman

John Walcutt ... Doctor #2

Paula Newsome ... Linda

Dean Norris ... State Trooper McCleary

Beth Grant ... Pageant Official Jenkins

Wallace Langham ... Kirby

Lauren Shiohama ... Miss California

Mary Lynn Rajskub ... Pageant Assistant Pam
Jerry Giles ... Funeral Home Worker

Geoff Meed ... Biker Dad

Matt Winston ... Pageant MC

Joan Scheckel ... Judge

Casandra Ashe ... Girl in Hallway

Mel Rodriguez ... Officer Martinez
Alexandria Alaman ... Pageant Contestant

Alissa Anderegg ... Pageant Contestant
Brittany Baird ... Pageant Contestant
Cambria Baird ... Pageant Contestant
Brenae Bandy ... Pageant Contestant
Kristen Holaas ... Pageant Contestant
Maliah Hudson ... Pageant Contestant
Destry Jacobs ... Pageant Contestant

Lindsey Jordan ... Pageant Contestant
Shane Murphy ... Pageant Contestant

Annabelle Roberts ... Pageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-Love ... Pageant Contestant
Nicole Stoehr ... Pageant Contestant
Lauren Yee ... Pageant Contestant
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Erik David Barber ... Photographer (uncredited)
Terry Bolo ... Pageant Worker (uncredited)
Marc De'Antone ... Seminar Class (uncredited)
Tara Dawn Holland ... Herself (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ksenia Jarova ... Pretty Girl (uncredited)
Alva Loomis ... Hotel Security (uncredited)

Robert O'Connor ... Pageant Judge #1 (uncredited)

Regis Philbin ... Himself (voice) (uncredited)
Melissa Roberts ... Pageant Mom (uncredited)
Matthew W. Tate ... Funeral Worker #2 (uncredited)

Directed by
Jonathan Dayton 
Valerie Faris 
 
Writing credits
(WGA)
Michael Arndt (written by)

Produced by
Albert Berger .... producer
Michael Beugg .... executive producer
Jeb Brody .... executive producer
David T. Friendly .... producer
Bart Lipton .... associate producer
Peter Saraf .... producer
Marc Turtletaub .... producer
Ron Yerxa .... producer
 
Original Music by
Mychael Danna 
DeVotchKa 
 
Cinematography by
Tim Suhrstedt (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Pamela Martin 
 
Casting by
Justine Baddeley 
Kim Davis-Wagner 
 
Production Design by
Kalina Ivanov 
 
Art Direction by
Alan E. Muraoka 
 
Set Decoration by
Melissa M. Levander  (as Melissa Levander)
 
Costume Design by
Nancy Steiner 
 
Makeup Department
Susan Carol Schwary .... key hair stylist (as Susan Carol-Schwary)
Janis Clark .... hair department head
Dugg Kirkpatrick .... key hair stylist (as 'Dugg' Kirkpatrick)
Amy Lederman .... makeup artist
Angel Radefeld .... key makeup artist
Nicole Sortillon .... makeup assistant (as Nicole Sortillion)
Torsten Witte .... makeup department head
 
Production Management
Michael Bergyl .... unit production manager
Bob Dohrmann .... production supervisor
Michael Toji .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Heather Anderson .... additional second second assistant director
Kate Greenberg .... second second assistant director
Joe May .... additional second second assistant director
Gregory J. Smith .... second assistant director (as Gregory Smith)
Thomas Patrick Smith .... first assistant director
Thomas Robinson Harper .... second unit director (uncredited)
Bart Lipton .... second second assistant director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Ellis J. Barbacoff .... assistant property master
Tony Bonaventura .... property master
Andrea Cantrell .... assistant props
Jill Deibler .... buyer
Joseph Kevin Garcia .... swing gang (as Joseph K. Garcia)
Theresa Greene .... art department coordinator
Michael Klingerman .... leadman
David Marple .... swing gang
Rich Murray .... assistant art director
Christopher Pappas .... on-set dresser
Christopher Pappas .... props
Rion Waller .... swing gang
Ryan Wylie .... props
 
Sound Department
Rick Ash .... sound re-recording mixer
Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist
Kerry Ann Carmean .... foley editor
Patrick Cusack .... assistant sound editor
Andrew DeCristofaro .... supervising sound editor
Craig Dollinger .... boom operator
Bill Henderson .... sound re-recording engineer
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer
Stacey Michaels .... adr mixer
Sterling Moore .... boom operator: additional photography
Steven Morrow .... sound mixer
Steve Nelson .... sound effects editor (as Steven F. Nelson)
Nancy Nugent .... supervising adr editor (as Nancy Kyong Nugent)
Buck Robinson .... sound mixer: additional photography
Stephen P. Robinson .... supervising sound editor
Terry Rodman .... sound re-recording mixer
Robert Sharman .... utility sound technician
Christopher Sidor .... sound mix technician
Greg Steele .... adr mixer
John C. Stuver .... dialogue editor
Lucy Sustar .... foley mixer
Greg Zimmerman .... adr recordist
John Soukup .... sound transfer (uncredited)
 
Special Effects by
Ian Eyre .... special effects technician
 
Visual Effects by
Adam Avitabile .... visual effects supervisor
Chad Buehler .... digital compositor
Joshua D. Comen .... visual effects producer (as Josh Comen)
Jenny Foster .... visual effects coordinator
Rob Ostir .... digital effects artist
Steve Rodriguez .... colorist
 
Stunts
Kenny Anderson .... assistant stunt coordinator
Kacie Borrowman .... stunt double: Abigail Breslin
Clay Cullen .... stunt double
Riley Harper .... stunt double
Thomas Robinson Harper .... stunt coordinator (as Tom Robinson Harper)
Traci Richelle Harrison .... stunts
Christie Hayes .... stunt double
Michael Hugghins .... stunt double
Mark Kubr .... stunts and water safety
Larry Rippenkroeger .... stunts
Matthew Taylor .... stunt double: Greg Kinnear
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Thomas Bango .... first assistant camera
Matt Bardocz .... best boy electric
Clint Borden .... dolly grip: "b" camera
Tom Boyd .... underwater camera operator
Brian Cantrell .... electrician
Jack Carpenter .... camera car grip
Theda Cunningham .... first assistant camera: "a" camera
Greg Dellerson .... assistant camera
Josh Denering .... grip
Carlos M. Gallardo .... dolly grip
Paul Goodstein .... key grip
Jeffrey Greeley .... camera operator
Keith A. Hascher .... lighting technician
Jimi Johnson .... video assist operator
Lawrence Karman .... Steadicam operator
Frederick Lawrence .... grip
Heather Lea .... first assistant camera
Eric Lee .... still photographer
Christopher Mack .... "b" camera
Christopher Mack .... first assistant camera
Paul McIlvaine .... gaffer
Alan Morier .... lighting technician
Tony Olivieri .... first assistant Steadicam
Michelle Pizanis .... clapper loader
Chris J. Rossi .... best boy grip
Rigney Sackley .... assistant camera
Aaron Atom Vyvial .... grip
 
Casting Department
Barbara Harris .... adr voice casting
Kelly Hunt .... extras casting
Rich King .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bethany Bernhard .... set costumer
Lisa Hyde .... set costumer
Robin McMullan .... costume supervisor
Jennifer Starzyk .... key costumer
 
Editorial Department
Ian Elias .... post-production assistant
Joe Fineman .... post-production consultant
Terel Gibson .... first assistant editor
Dave Lee .... colorist: dailies
Jessica Otto .... post-production assistant: Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Nick Wenger .... post-production assistant
Lee Wimer .... color timer
 
Music Department
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... music remixer
Elliott Goldkind .... assistant music editor
Brad Haehnel .... music mixer
Brad Haehnel .... scoring mixer
Susan Jacobs .... music supervisor
Anne Litt .... music supervisor
Rob Simonsen .... assistant to composer
Tony Tisdale .... additional music contributor
Joshua Winget .... music editor (as Josh Winget)
 
Transportation Department
Joseph Aroesti .... transportation co-captain
Mike Belt .... mechanic
Angel Desanti .... transportation co-captain
Dillan Esco .... driver
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car
Geno Hart .... transportation coordinator
Esteban Munoz .... mechanic
Marty Osborne .... picture cars
John Pellegrino .... transportation
Adam Pinkstaff .... transportation captain
William Smallwood .... driver: production van
 
Other crew
Sebastian Arocha Morton .... source cues (as Sebastian Arocha-Morton)
Mike Artimo .... medic
Susan Bliss .... post script services
Erik Bright .... unit publicist
Cecilia Cardwell .... studio teacher
Ed Casares .... video artist
Michael B. Clark .... assistant to producer
Richard Cody .... key craft services
Molly Cooper .... assistant to producers
William Cusick .... office production assistant
Thomas Farr .... payroll accountant
Jennifer Zolten Freed .... post-production accountant
Shaun Greenspan .... production assistant
Francis Hadinoto .... production assistant
Jennifer Hamilton .... assistant choreographer
Traci Richelle Harrison .... stand-in: Abigail Breslin
Erin Heidenreich .... sales agent
Heather Holliday .... production staff
James Kaplan .... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Ashley Kravitz .... script clearance
Joe Lewis .... assistant: Mr. Dayton & Ms. Faris
Christopher Licata .... production assistant
Felipe Linz .... assistant to producers
Kevin Maier .... stand-in: Steve Carell
Jason Mandel .... production assistant
Joshua Mandel .... production assistant
Laurent Marchand .... caterer
Lyn Matsuda Norton .... script supervisor (as Lyn Matsuda)
Charissa McLain .... assistant production coordinator
Emily McMaster .... assistant to producers
Dauv McNeely .... computer and video playback technician
Christopher Miller .... location manager
Dan Milner .... location scout
Dan Murbarger .... computer/video playback operator
Zack Neuman .... office intern
Lyn Norton .... script supervisor
Jessica Otto .... assistant: Ms. Collette
Sara Pollack .... production executive
Marguerite Pomerhn Derricks .... choreographer (as Marguerite Derricks)
Michyl-Shannon Quilty .... production coordinator
Mike Revell .... production accountant
Jennessa Rose .... additional voices
Julianna Rose .... additional voices
Negar Saddigh .... production assistant
Rocsana Saddigh .... production assistant
Jessie Hope Salka .... unit publicist
Suzanne C. Swindle .... script supervisor
Katie Taylor .... production assistant
Nate Taylor .... key assistant location manager
Cori Uchida .... assistant to producers
Paul Wilson-Young .... production assistant (as Paul Young)
Jenny Worman .... stand-in: Toni Collette
Bryan Yaconelli .... first assistant accountant
Anna Martemucci .... assistant to producers (uncredited)
Howard R. Schuster .... financing (uncredited)
Andie K. Taylor .... intern (uncredited)
 
Thanks
James Everett Dayton .... thanks
Joan Scheckel .... the directors wish to thank: Joan Scheckel Lab
Jocelyn Towne .... special thanks
 

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Rated R for language, some sex and drug content
Runtime:
101 min
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Certification:
Argentina:13 | Australia:M | Brazil:14 | Canada:14A (Alberta/British Columbia/Manitoba/Ontario) | Canada:G (Quebec) | Chile:TE | Finland:K-11 | Germany:6 | Hong Kong:IIB | Iceland:L | Ireland:15A | Italy:T | Japan:PG-12 | Malaysia:U (DVD) | Netherlands:12 | New Zealand:R13 | Norway:10 (TV rating) | Peru:PT | Philippines:R-13 | Portugal:M/12 | Singapore:NC-16 | South Korea:15 | Sweden:7 | Switzerland:10 (canton of Geneva) | Switzerland:10 (canton of Vaud) | UK:15 | USA:R (certificate #42333)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The Emcee at the pageant is a parody of the official emcee at the child beauty pageants, Tim Whitmer (aka Mr Tim) whom can be seen or heard in various child beauty documentaries.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Before getting back in the van after yelling at his family, Dwayne has an orange band on his left wrist. The next shot of him lying down in the van, the orange band is on his right wrist.See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Richard:There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
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Soundtrack:
Martini LoungeSee more »

FAQ

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165 out of 253 people found the following review useful.
A little sweet sweetness…Little Miss Sunshine, 20 August 2006
Author: jaredmobarak from buffalo, ny, usa

Keeping up with the recent buzz-worthy films coming out of Sundance the past couple years, Little Miss Sunshine is a gem of a movie. After loving crowd favorites Primer (2004) and Hustle and Flow (2005), I wasn't quite sure if the hat trick would be made. Sunshine seemed to have the cast, and direction (the debut of husband/wife team Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who have helmed some of my favorite music videos including the Smashing Pumpkins' Tonight, Tonight and the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Otherside), but the big question would be if it had the laughs to sustain the quirky indie comedy from not being overwrought and boring. While the film definitely has a couple moments where I was about to be lost, everything ends up happening for a reason; emotions are on a roller coaster ride and the lows always come out with meaning and momentum for the highs. Do yourself a favor and see this sweet, subtle at times and gut-bustingly hilarious at others, perfectly pitched ensemble piece.

The co-directors set us up for what is to come in a very nicely designed opening sequence by going character to character, showing us each person in a small vignette of their personalities. This is the quintessential messed-up family with good intentions. Mom and Dad are bickering on how to tell their young daughter about her uncle's attempted suicide, while he sits and stares in a strange melancholy next to the mute, troubled son, (on vow of silence in honor of nihilistic mind Nietzsche), while grandpa spews profanities about the lack of dinner variety. I mean this is the epitome of every family function I've ever been privy to. There is so much a viewer can relate to in each member, allowing for a certain amount of compassion for the views of all involved and seeing that each really does want the best for one another, even if they have a messed up way of showing it.

Greg Kinnear and Toni Collette are wonderful as the patriarchs, proving as always that they are probably two of the most under-appreciated actors working today. Very rarely do you get to see them in a starring vehicle, and even though this is an ensemble through and through, they definitely carry it as the driving force. Alan Arkin does his kooky, quasi-angry, sarcastic yelling that he is known for, kind of his role from Edward Scissorhands but r-rated and un- pc. Everything he has done comes to a surprising result at the eponymous beauty pageant for the biggest laughs of the movie, really great stuff subverting the grotesque surrealism surrounding any pageant of this kind. Paul Dano is great as the troubled teen, trying to find a place in the world for himself, and coming to grips with the need for struggle in order to grow as a person, and Abigail Breslin is phenomenal as the happiest girl alive. Once she finds out she has won her regional on default, (those primary school children and their diet pills), she is on cloud nine as the family makes the road trip all for her. She has the acting range of a pro and actually does the Dakota Fanning, but better, as she can act while still being a young child and not an adult in a child's body. Her emotional reactions are spot-on and she has remarkable presence and a self-effacing nature that allows her to be who she is and not be ashamed about it, which is the main purpose of Olive Hoover.

The real revelation to take from the antics on screen is a career-role for funnyman Steve Carrell. I've always liked his naïve, teddy-bear persona used to successfully in the Daily Show, The Office, and as the only funny part of Anchorman. Here however, he shows that he has the acting chops to not be pigeonholed and typecast in the over-the-top, lug roles his peer Will Ferrell will never be able to breakout of. Carrell has genuine talent and his suicidal, top Proust scholar in America, uncle is the shining moment of the film. He maintains the dejected quality throughout; even when doing something for the family, doing good, he is always a beaten man. That kind of character is what is needed for all his sharp, dry sarcastic retorts thrown about. He barely outshines the prop of the year, though, the family's yellow VW van. You will not see better prop-gags as the van takes a licking and keeps on ticking although the tick is faint and slowly fading away.

Little Miss Sunshine lives up to the strong buzz that surrounds it. It is heartwarming and funny at every turn. There are some dark moments, though, as there are in life. This film is a slice of reality, heightened just the right amount, for all to enjoy. While definitely in the vein of films such as I Heart Huckabees, Thumbsucker, and any Wes Anderson film—it wears its indie cred on its sleeve—it is still accessible and hopefully with the drawing power of Carrell will garner an audience that would not otherwise see it.

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