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Little Miss Sunshine -- A dysfunctional 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.
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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Tagline:
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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Awards:
Won 2 Oscars. Another 81 wins & 80 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Probably the best comedy of 2006. See more (878 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

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
Linda Lew .... foley recordist (uncredited)
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
Mark T. Osborne .... additional colorist (uncredited)
 
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)
Laura Perlman .... music editor (uncredited)
 
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
Joe Eddie Casares .... video artist (as Ed Casares)
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 (as Laurent Marchand)
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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MPAA:
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 movie took five years to make, mostly due to financial reasons.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: The uneven participation of the girls during the pageant makes no sense; they seem to mix and match various girls, but all of them do not seem to be present at all events. For instance you never see the first two girls presented on stage again for the remainder of the program. The host says there are twelve girls in the competition, but after the initial introduction, the catwalk routine, you see only six girls in a row on stage, all about the same age/height. They start on one end, and after only two girls' participation, they jump immediately to Olive on the opposite end. Seconds later, after Olive finishes, you see all twelve contestants on stage. During the talent competition, we see new girls never initially shown at the introduction. And why are so many girls, non-participants, dressed up as though ready to compete, in the audience?See more »
Quotes:
[first lines]
Richard:There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
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Soundtrack:
Till the End of TimeSee more »

FAQ

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119 out of 184 people found the following review useful.
Probably the best comedy of 2006., 9 December 2006
Author: P Carr (pavel@fan.com) from Topeka, KS

Comedies about families usually come in one of two genres. Often featuring dysfunctional families (are those two words redundant?), they are either broad and goofy ("Cheaper by the Dozen") or dark and abstruse ("The Royal Tenenbaums"). Driving its Volkswagon bus down the middle of these two extremes is "Little Miss Sunshine", a comedy both inclusive and exclusive, one that some will get entirely, while others will whiff on to the same degree.

The title stems from a beauty pageant in which seven-year old Olive (Abigail Breslin of "Signs") competes. For a good portion of the film, the contest serves as a MacGuffin of sorts, putting an already odd mix of family members on the road in bizarre situations that call Vegas Vacation to mind.

But "Sunshine" is far more than the slapstick of "Vacation". It mixes humor both broad and subtle humor into a strange brew of comedy, poignancy, lessons, and life. Huge and deep issues are addressed, topics like death, dreams, and failure. Yet somehow the movie doesn't feel heavy. You'll walk out with a smile on your face because the movie sensibly touches on these issues, realizing that stuff happens and life continues, that the handling of adversity is often what defines people. And above all, there is family, which you're stuck with, for better and worse.

"Sunshine" may not grab you right away, which is part of its power. It burns slowly, introducing the family members to the viewing outsiders through observation, then putting the viewers in the bus with them as they enter a foreign world. All this is done without lapsing into melodrama and without losing steam as the movie chugs toward the climactic final scene, continuously building momentum along the way, before promptly getting out on top.

Rather crude at times, "Sunshine" is not a movie for children, nor is it for anyone who takes life or movies too seriously. But if you excel at finding the askance humor in life and film, then you will relish this offbeat look at a collection of family dynamics perhaps only slightly stranger than most, although definitely more extreme.

Bottom Line: One of the year's best, and likely its best comedy. 8 of 10.

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