3 Bikini

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Friday, August 04, 2006

Little Miss Sunshine

We went to BAM tonight to see Little Miss Sunshine, and came away with canary yellow t-shirts that read "Everybody Pretend to be Normal".

It takes place somewhere in Arizona (filmed in New Mexico), where a dysfunctional family is forced to endure each other on a road trip to California on their way to the Little Miss Sunshine Beauty Pageant. Abigail Breslin, steals the show as a pot bellied, waffles a la mode orderin', 1970's coke bottle glasses wearin' kid who dreams of winning a beauty pageant. The movie opens with Olive (Breslin) watching a tape of a Miss Universe contest mimicking the winner's face and arm movements. She rewinds and replays-three times.

Greg Kinnear plays her father, a vulnerable man turned 9 step self help guru in an effort to avoid being dubbed a loser. He is a WINNER, his family must be winners, but life keeps dealing him a crap hand.

Toni Collette does a nice enough job as the supportive, tough, mindful mother and sister who holds everything together even though she is wilted and pissed off at Kinnear's pipe dream to sell his 9 steps. I wanted more from Collette....

Paul Dano is another show stealer as the Nietzsche obsessed, pale, mute by design. He carries a pad and pen for emergency communication such as- "Don't Kill Yourself Tonight"- passed to the depressed, suicidal, gay Proust scholar Steve Carrell. The two are forced to sleep in a room together so Dwayne (Dano) can insure that Frank (Carrell) doesn't off himself in the night.

Alan Arkin is great as the sex obsessed crotchety old timer who feels its his duty to educate his grandchildren about the world: "Dwayne (Dano), this is the voice of experience talking. Sleep with many women, not one woman, many women. They're all jailbait now, once you turn 18 its all over."

Throw this bunch into a VW bus that must either be parked on a hill or pushed to reach 20mph shifting through to 4th gear- and the most heart warming quirk emerges from the mix. If you like your comedy dark, and your families honest and funky- this is a worthwhile $10 in Brooklyn.

The audience clapped.


Anonymous amy said...

did you go opening night? sounds like it. me too! i loved it.

8/22/2006 4:43 PM  
Blogger 3bikini said...

We went opening weekend and nabbed some t-shirts!

8/23/2006 8:56 PM  
Anonymous amy said...

yup, i got a tee too... :)

8/24/2006 1:30 AM  

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