The only untainted Hoover is 7 year-old Olive, the daughter in the family and unlikely beauty pageant contestant (not that she' ugly or fat exactly, but, you know, it wouldn't hurt her to take an interest in her appearance). So her late acceptance into the Little Miss Sunshine competition in Redondo Beach, Calif. comes as a huge surprise. Even more so for Uncle Frank, Grandpa and the rest, who unexpectedly have to travel there from Albuquerque, NM.
Surprisingly enough, much of the comedy doesn't come from Carell, who offers up a full-bodied character with more neuroses than punch lines. The pussy-chasing, drug-sniffing Grandpa, rather, provides most of the laugh out loud moments. In the van, he urges the teenage Dwayne to fuck as many girls as possible and argues that when you're old and have nothing else to live for, you have no reason not to be perpetually stoned. Other humorous scenes are book ended with truly disturbing or sad ones, giving the film a
Before directing Sunshine, the team of Valerie Faris and Jonathon Dayton made a splash with music videos and rock docs, as well as that haunting VW commercial set to Nick Drake' "Pink Moon." For this project, the duo' aims seem to straddle the high-minded indie and blockbuster comedy worlds. And that' not a bad thing. The often-inconsistent tone furnishes