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LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE (2006) *** ½

This star filled low budget independent comedy feels like a black comic updating of National Lampoon’s Vacation (right down to a family member dying en route). Instead of the increasingly dysfunctional family heading toward a theme park, they’re off to put their daughter (Abigail Breslin) into the titular juvenile talent show and beauty pageant. The cast, including Greg Kinnear (low grade self righteous motivational speaker dad), Toni Collette (slow burning mother), Steve Carell (suicidal gay uncle) and Alan Arkin (coke sniffing loudmouth grandpa) is stellar and imbue their potentially one note characters with moments of genuine heart. The laughs are pretty evened out throughout the movie, but the ending where the family crashes the beauty pageant is a riot.
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