Let the 'Sunshine' In
Suicide attempts. Dead bodies. Beauty pageants featuring hundreds of little Jon-Benets. Teens taking vows of silence out of deference to Friedrich Nietzsche.
These ingredients don't exactly sound like the recipe for a typical, riotous summer comedy. But then few things about "Little Miss Sunshine" are typical.
If you want men behaving like boys, stick with "You, Me and Dupree" or "The Break-Up." But if you want a movie that wrings its laughs -- and yes, possibly a couple of tears -- from the daily struggles of real people, "Sunshine" is the summer flick you've been waiting for. Obviously, the misfits who make up the movie's dysfunctional family are not real. But the fantastic cast -- including Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Steve Carell, the sublime Alan Arkin and adorable Abigail Breslin -- makes them seem genuine, complicated and empathetic despite their obvious flaws.
I hesitate to say much else because I don't want to deprive moviegoers of discovering "Sunshine" surprises for themselves. So just trust me on this one and go. Soon, the phrase "He's in the trunk of our car" will set off seizures of laughter among your in-the-know friends.
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