Little Miss Sunshine - Essay Samples
When Michael Arndt’s screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine came into the hands of producers Marc Turtletaub, David T Friendly and Peter Saraf of Big Beach, they knew they had a winner. Friendly says, ‘I think there is only one other time in my entire life I had such a visceral reaction to a film as I did with this one. The feeling in my gut said that I had to make this movie. It's a very rare thing to find a film that really makes you laugh and then can turn around and make you cry like this one.’ They eventually handed the film to husband and wife directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. This was their first feature film, having already made their name as directors of music videos and commercials.
Little Miss Sunshine Film Analysis;
‘I think Dwayne's someone a lot of people will identify with right away. Everyone goes through a period where they don't really like their family, but you also know that you will always have some kind of bond with them. When you're fifteen, I think you start to lose your innocence and you see that these people around you are kind of crazy and you're not sure if you really want to participate in that, which is why Dwayne takes his vow of silence. But then when he finally cracks, when he's in his most vulnerable moment, his family is there for him and I think he's actually able to take that in.’ (Paul Dano)
Jonathan Dayton says, ‘A lot of people had come to us with style pieces, but we liked that Little Miss Sunshine felt very distant from that world. Sure, we wanted to do something with style, but we loved these characters and that was the most important thing. We wanted the experience to be drawn from what we love most in movies, one that celebrates human eccentricities.’ Valerie Faris agrees: ‘The story instantly struck a chord with us. We had always wanted to make a film that would ride a lot of tones; that would have a strong emotional life as well as lots of humour. We felt that Little Miss Sunshine was a story that shifts much in the same way that life shifts, moving from drama to farce to reflection and back to farce again.... Without all the things we loved about it – the raunchy language, the outrageous behaviour – it would have been the perfect family comedy. But we wanted to make a film not about family values, but about the value of family.’
Little Miss Sunshine / Characters - TV Tropes
Son Dwayne (Paul Dano) is wholeheartedly committed to the ideas of Nietzsche. As a result, he hates everything in the world and he has taken a vow of silence until he achieves his dream of training to be a fighter pilot. The third man in the house is Richard’s father (Alan Arkin) who has been evicted from his retirement home for being a drug addict. Grandpa is a foul-mouthed, grouchy old man who dotes on his young granddaughter Olive (Abigail Breslin). Into this mix comes Frank (Steve Carell), Sheryl’s brother who is a gay professor who believes himself to be the leading scholar on Proust. But when he loses out both in love and in a genius grant to his rival, Frank attempts suicide, and is later released into the care of Sheryl’s family.
Little Miss Sunshine (2006) - Plot Summary - IMDb
When plump, bespectacled Olive hears that she is to go to the final of the Little Miss Sunshine junior beauty pageant in California, the family sets off in their old VW bus for the two-day journey. Along the way, the van becomes increasingly unreliable, soon requiring the family to push-start it whenever they set off. When they stop off at a motel, Grandpa snorts some drugs, and cannot be woken up in the morning. He is rushed into hospital but is soon pronounced dead. However, the clock is ticking: Olive must get to Redondo Beach by 3pm if she is to enter. Since Grandpa had trained her in her talent routine, the others decide they should do their best to get her there. Grandpa’s body is bundled into the van and they race off in pursuit of Olive’s dream.
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‘Now there's no sense in entering a contest if you don't think you're going to win. Do you think you can win Little Miss Sunshine?’ (Richard)