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Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Comedy, Drama |.

Little Miss Sunshine is a American comedy-drama road film and the directorial debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt. The film stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin, and was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of US$8 million. Filming began on June 6, 2005, and took place over 30 days in Arizona and Southern California.

The film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival on January 20, 2006, and its distribution rights were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures for one of the biggest deals made in the history of the festival. The film had a limited release in the United States on July 26, 2006, and later expanded to a wider release starting on August 18.

Sheryl Hoover is an overworked mother of two living in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her gay brother, Frank, an unemployed scholar of Proust, is temporarily living with the family after having attempted suicide. Sheryl’s husband Richard is a Type A personality striving to build a career as a motivational speaker and life coach. Dwayne, Sheryl’s son from a previous marriage, is a Nietzsche-reading teenager who has taken a vow of silence until he can accomplish his dream of becoming a fighter pilot. Richard’s foul-mouthed father, Edwin, recently evicted from a retirement home for snorting heroin, lives with the family. Olive, the daughter of Richard and Sheryl and the youngest of the Hoover family, is an aspiring beauty queen who is coached by Grandpa.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

Writer: Michael Arndt

Stars: Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, Alan Arkin

Cast:

Abigail BreslinOlive Hoover
Greg KinnearRichard Hoover
Paul DanoDwayne
Alan ArkinGrandpa Edwin Hoover
Toni ColletteSheryl Hoover
Steve CarellFrank Ginsberg
Marc TurtletaubDoctor #1
Jill TalleyCindy
Brenda CanelaDiner Waitress
Julio Oscar MechosoMechanic
Chuck LoringConvenience Store Proprietor
Justin ShiltonJosh
Gordon ThomsonLarry Sugarman
Steven Christopher ParkerTeen Boy #1
Bryan CranstonStan Grossman
John WalcuttDoctor #2
Paula NewsomeLinda
Dean NorrisState Trooper McCleary
Beth GrantPageant Official Jenkins
Wallace LanghamKirby
Lauren ShiohamaMiss California
Mary Lynn RajskubPageant Assistant Pam
Jerry GilesFuneral Home Worker
Geoff MeedBiker Dad
Matt WinstonPageant MC
Joan ScheckelJudge
Casandra AsheGirl in Hallway
Mel RodriguezOfficer Martinez
Alexandria AlamanPageant Contestant
Alissa AndereggPageant Contestant
Brittany BairdPageant Contestant
Cambria BairdPageant Contestant
Brenae BandyPageant Contestant
Kristen HolaasPageant Contestant
Maliah HudsonPageant Contestant
Destry JacobsPageant Contestant
Lindsey JordanPageant Contestant
Shane MurphyPageant Contestant
Annabelle RobertsPageant Contestant
Sydni Stevenson-LovePageant Contestant
Nicole StoehrPageant Contestant
Lauren YeePageant Contestant
Erik David BarberPhotographer (uncredited)
Terry BoloPageant Worker (uncredited)
Marc De’AntoneSeminar Class (uncredited)
Tara Dawn HollandSelf (archive footage) (uncredited)
Ksenia JarovaPretty Girl (uncredited)
Alva LoomisHotel Security (uncredited)
Robert O’ConnorPageant Judge #1 (uncredited)
Regis PhilbinSelf (voice) (uncredited)
Melissa RobertsPageant Mom (uncredited)
Matthew W. TateFuneral Worker #2 (uncredited)

Sources: imdb & wikipedia

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