DIRECTOR(S): Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris
I have to admit that I never thought that I would see the day that I would like Indie films, but that day has come. In this era of Todd Philips and Judd Apatow comedies, there’s something to said for the more gentle humour of films like this.
The plot is simple, with a road trip framework and collection of flawed but amusing characters on their way to the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, in which “Professional Winner”, Greg Kinnear and his wife, Toni Collette’s daughter has won a place.
The world of child pageantry REPULSES me more than I could ever express. I hate it but this film, which is certainly not advocating them, plays its hand very well, never preaching, instead just taking us through the story and the growth of the characters, all of which are likeable, particularly Alan Arkin’s coke snorting grandfather, in spite of some pretty negative personality issues.
There’s a good mix of films in this genre, with the likes of Wes Anderson taking the comedy to far in to existentialism and with others like this, which though are set in a real world with real and developed characters, have an almost fairy tale feel, or that of a fable.
This is one of the best Indie Comedies that I’ve seen in a long time.