Saturday, November 22, 2014

CWE: "Little Miss Sunshine" (2006)

Summary: A family takes a road trip so that their 7-year-old daughter can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

OK, it's been a while! I've been busy and I know that the "Lord of the Rings" trilogy is next after this one, so I think that's been slowing me down. Also, my cat died. That's the last post before this one and now I'm sad. Sigh.

  • I try to write the summaries from memory, but sometimes I have to cheat a little.
  • Also, I think I've been spending my Saturdays trying to keep up with Mark's videos, which ate up a lot of my time. Now that "Farscape" is done and "In the Flesh" is only 9 episodes, I'll have more time. Not doing the videos for "The Sarah Connor Chronicles," since the videos aren't anywhere that's easily available. I watched the show back in the day, so hopefully I'll remember at least the big stuff when I read the reviews.
  • Was this Steve Carell's first serious-ish role? OK, he did a Woody Allen film the year before, and, of course, "The 40-Year Old Virgin." I guess it was a part of that sudden proliferation of Carell movies. Playing a suicidal gay man was a little bit of a different track, though.
  • OK, now I want chicken.
  • I do like all of the actors in this movie. Steve Carell is very, very good. But I'm always a sucker for the conflicted gay character.
  • I also like that Frank really doesn't like Richard. Because Richard is kind of an ass.
  • And Grandpa, Frank and Dwayne are kinda awesome.
  • Frank and Sheryl have nice sibling chemistry.
  • Josh is a little ... obvious. Frank can do better.
  • Also, it makes me deeply uncomfortable that no one in that van is wearing a seat belt.
  • Reading the costuming recaps for "Mad Men" has made me notice everything. The bedspread, curtains, and Sheryl and Richard's shirts are all busy patterns that are in conflict with each other, visually representing the conflict within their relationship. Also, I really want to go back and re-read all those articles.
  • Bryan Cranston!
  • Richard in shorts on a tiny scooter.
  • ... and goodnight, Grandpa.
  • Frank just kinda goes along with it all, from pushing the van to stealing a body. I can't help but think all the pushing outside the limits of what's acceptable or "normal" is revitalizing for a man who feels lost and completely disconnected from his life.
  • The porn distracts the cop from the dead body in the trunk.
  • Is the cop Hank? OMG. It is. It's like a "Breaking Bad" reunion in (in tiny roles) this movie.
  • I remember doing tests for color blindness when I was a kid. Would it really take until someone was 15 before it was discovered?
  • I love Beth Grant. She always plays the most horrible people.
  • "Is there anything else?" "Yeah, is there a funeral home around here?"
  • Oh, pageant kids. Scary.
  • It's really sad that Grandpa spends 1/2 the movie wrapped in a sheet in the back of the van, but getting Olive to the pageant basically became everyone's top goal.
  • So. Interesting. These girls are *obviously* pageant girls. They have the hair and the fake smiles and the ridiculous makeup. Do they know that this is, in a lot of ways, a complete condemnation of their lives? I'm gonna say not.
  • OK, it's half a strip show, but I giggle through Olive's talent demonstration.
  • And all the guys dancing with her.
  • Still like it.

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