During a summer full of gigantic blockbusters, huge stars and massive special effects, Little Miss Sunshine swept its way into my life like a breath of fresh air. By far my favorite film of the year so far, Sunshine delivers in every way possible. From its near-perfect script to the outstanding performances from its cast, this little ray of light will travel real far ... if people actually go see it. And, trust me, they should.
After finding out she's been accepted as a contestant in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant, young Olive's entire dysfunctional family decides to band together and go on a cross-country trek, via an old-school VW bus, with only a couple days left before the show. Oh, but that's just the set up. The film's about so much more.
This past Monday, I had the pleasure of attending the press junket for Little Miss Sunshine, hosted by those friendly folks over at Fox Searchlight. For those of you who don't know much about how these things work, the junket was divided into three separate conference rooms, each with a table that can fit roughly ten people. Though the film's big stars were absent (Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell and Toni Collette), Sunshine's directors (Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris) and the remainder of its cast (Alan Arkin, Paul Dano and Abigail Breslin) were on hand to answer whatever questions were thrown their way.
We'll have our review of Little Miss Sunshine later this month, as well as my one on one interview with actor Paul Dano. For now, I'll just give you a little recap of the morning's festivities and, hopefully, a sneak peak at what to expect from what, in my opinion, is this summer's sleeper hit.