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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Olive Hoover
... Richard Hoover
... Dwayne
... Grandpa Edwin Hoover
... Sheryl Hoover
... Frank Ginsberg
... Doctor #1
... Cindy
... Diner Waitress
... Mechanic
... Convenience Store Proprietor
... Josh
... Larry Sugarman
... Teen Boy #1
... Stan Grossman
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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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Rated R for language, some sex and drug content | See all certifications »

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18 August 2006 (USA)  »

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Pequeña Miss Sunshine  »

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Budget:

$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$370,782, 30 July 2006, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$59,891,098

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$100,523,181
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Bryan Cranston ("Stan Grossman") and Dean Norris ("State Trooper McCleary") have supporting roles, and also star together in AMC's Breaking Bad (2008). Breaking Bad (2008) is also set in Albuquerque. To continue the Breaking Bad (2008) connection, it also has Mel Rodriguez ("Officer Martinez") who has a supporting role in Better Call Saul (2015), season one as "Marco." See more »

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Before Olive goes on to do her routine at the Little Miss Sunshine Pageant, her headband changes position several times from when she puts the hat on to when she takes it off. See more »

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[first lines]
Richard: There are two kinds of people in this world, winners and losers.
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Referenced in Words with Warwick: Kathleen Kennedy (2013) See more »

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Written by Jon Ehrlich
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Ridiculously Overrated
12 February 2007 | by See all my reviews

I have to admit, I was drawn to this movie because of the great cast and a lot of positive word of mouth. I watched the movie in a very good mood and when it was over, I said, what is the big deal? I did not laugh, I did not cry, I did not feel anything, except that I had seen this movie a dozen or more times already. It really was nothing special. Arkin's comedic performance was a rehashed role that I have seen others play. I remember a film called "Flirting With Disaster" which was kind of a road movie as well, it was better than this. "Raising Arizona" was much funnier than this. The so-called side-splitting ending with the dance to Super Freak was so tipped in commercials that you knew what was coming. Moreover, the dance just keeps going and going, it got so tedious and unfunny. I'm sorry, I don't want to be a cynic, but this film is just being played up way too much and I cannot believe that it was nominated for Best Picture, it was a weak year, but not that weak.


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