Saturday, August 19, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

Last night, Middlebrow and I saw "Little Miss Sunshine." Besides being smartly written, it was both sad and hilarious. At one point, I won't say when, I was laughing so hard I was crying. In fact, I'll go out on a limb and say it was the best movie I've seen this year. Why? As I was saying to MB on the way home, it's not rocket science. The movie had
  • interesting characters
  • tense situations
  • conflict
  • an amazing cast

But here's the part, I guess, that is harder to achieve: the writing. The dialogue was great, sharp, but didn't draw attention to its own cleverness. It is difficult to get all the elements working together, moving in the same direction, but this film achieved that.

Here are my nominations: Steve Carrel, best supporting actor; Alan Arkin, best supporting actor; Michael Arndt, best original screenplay; Abigal Breslin, best actress.


susansinclair said...

I'm really excited to see this--plus, it's at the Mall Cineplex, which means extra-comfy seats with cupholders!

Heather said...

I'm also excited to see this movie, and plan on doing so this upcoming weekend.

How goes the course prep.? I miss teaching, seriously, all this secretarial work right now--blah--but I do not miss writing syllabi and all of that horribly boring work.

Lisa B. said...

_wasn't_ it wonderful?

I also love Greg Kinnear and find him more and more excellent in lots of every-guy parts. I loved when the cop was trying to bond over the porn mags in the back of the car when Greg K., trying to echo the cop, says "Sweet . . . sweetness." Oh, that was good.