Sunday, December 9, 2007

Little Miss Sunshine, Take 2

I saw this again (on cable) and I have to say I was both right and wrong in my first post.

Right: going into the movie with expectations that its some kind of masterpiece is a recipe to be disappointed.

Wrong: I think within its modest scope, it's pretty damn beautiful. Maybe it was having read this line from David Edelstein:

The key to Little Miss Sunshine is that every single one of these people is going to come up against a major obstacle and, in the great American tradition . . . lose. Lose crushingly. Lose enough to make a person want to pack it in. But when life hands them a lemon, they don’t just make lemonade. They learn to spike it with whiskey and dance their friggin’ heads off.

Or as Smokey Robinson told us: You gotta dance to keep from crying.

My favorite bit this time around: the desperation-inspired, Clark Griswold-like insanity that overcomes Greg Kinnear as he makes the decision to steal his father's body from the hospital.

1 comment:

james said...

Yes, on balance I agree with all of that.

It was a "Sundance-quirky" family goes on roadtrip, learns success isn't everything sorta movie, with some good performances and a bit more empathy than you'd expect.

There needs to be an American Loser Film Festival: Little Miss Sunshine, Rocky, Death of a Salesman, etc. - there's this whole vein of movies somehow both undercut and validate the "American Dream" rhetoric...