Best Beloved is leaving on a jet plane at dawn's crack tomorrow for a week of business at the top end of Australia. (Lucky me has to drive him to the airport, thanks to Canberra's abysmal taxi service.) So tonight we went to the movies and saw Little Miss Sunshine.
I HIGHLY recommend this movie, especially if you are someone who finds child (and adult) beauty pageants distasteful, and also especially if you have been chewing the fat over the recent child sexualisation and corporate paedophilia issues. And even more so if you just like a good dark comedy.
There were moments in the film when I thought 'yeah, yeah', and it felt like a conventional road movie, but there were other moments when I was squirming and doubling up with mirth, and when I weighed it up at the end, the mirth well outweighed the cynicism. We walked out completely high, feeling righteous and jolly.
A review we read on the weekend said that the only decent acting was done by Toni Collett, but we thought different. Abigail Breslin was wonderful as Olive, with the right amount of plainness, inner beauty and innocence, and I have to admit to being quite fond of Grandpa. And Greg Kinnear is marvellous, as usual. In fact, dammit, I liked the whole family. But I'm not terribly discerning if I like something broadly.
See it! Do! And tell me how much you agree that the talent show ending* was spot on. Or maybe you don't. Your choice.
*SPOILER: where did they find such freaky kids? probably at a real quest.