Little Miss Sunshine

Synopsis: In Albuquerque, Sheryl Hoover brings her suicidal brother Frank to the breast of her dysfunctional and emotionally bankrupted family. Frank is homosexual, an expert in Proust. He tried to commit suicide when he was rejected by his boyfriend and his great competitor became renowned and recognized as number one in the field of Proust. Sheryl's husband Richard is unsuccessfully trying to sell his self-help and self-improvement technique using nine steps to reach success, but he is actually a complete loser. Her son Dwayne has taken a vow of silence as a follower of Nietzsche and aims to be a jet pilot. Dwayne's grandfather Edwin was sent away from the institution for elders (Sunset Manor) and is addicted in heroin. When her seven-year-old daughter Olive has a chance to dispute the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California, the whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) in a funny journey of hope of winning the talent contest and to make a dream co
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Production: Fox Searchlight
  Won 2 Oscars. Another 68 wins & 107 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Is that Nietzsche?

You don't speak

because of Friedrich Nietzsche.

Far out.

[ Sheryl Sighs ]

Frank, you can sit here next to Dwayne.

Here's the salad, and I'm gonna run

and get Sprite for everyone.

Olive, come on!


[ Olive ]


So who do you hang out with?

No one?

What about your family?

Frank! Hey!

- Richard.

- Good to... see you.

[ Groans ]

[ Dishes Clattering ]

Let me get Olive.

- Olive? Dad?

- [ Sheryl ] You guys, go on and start.

- Let's go!

- [ Olive ] We're coming.

- Frank, some Sprite?

- Yes.

And I want everyone to have

at least a little salad.

Thanks, Sheryl.


So, Sheryl, I couldn't help noticing

Dwayne has stopped speaking.

Oh, yeah, he's taken a vow of silence.

You've taken a vow of silence?

Yeah. He's gonna join the Air Force Academy,

become a test pilot...

and he's taken a vow of silence

until he reaches that goal.

- You're kidding?

- Hi, Uncle Frank.

Oh, hey, Olive.

Wow, you're gettin' big.

Almost like a real person.

- [ Chuckles ]

- [ Olive Gasps ]

- What happened to your arms?

- Olive.

That's all right.

I had a little accident. I'm okay.

- How's the, uh, routine coming, honey?

- It's good.

Yeah? When are you

gonna show it to us?

I don't know.

It's up to Grandpa.

A couple of days.

It still needs work.

What's that? Chicken?

Every night it's the fuckin' chicken!

- Holy God Almighty! It is possible just once-

- Dad!

We could get something to eat around here

that's not the goddamn fucking chicken?

- Hey, Dad! Dad!

- I'm just sayin'-

- Christ.

- When you want to start cooking

your own food, you're welcome.

- At Sunset Manor, you know-

- If you like Sunset Manor,

you shouldn't have got kicked out.

For God's sakes.

So when did you start

with the vow?

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Michael Arndt

Michael Arndt is an American screenwriter. He is best known as the writer of the films Little Miss Sunshine (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Star Wars: The Force Awakens (2015). Arndt won the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for Little Miss Sunshine and was nominated for Best Adapted Screenplay for Toy Story 3. This made Arndt the first screenwriter ever to be nominated for both the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay and Best Adapted Screenplay for his first two screenplays. He has also been credited under the pseudonyms Michael deBruyn and Rick Kerb, which are mainly used for script revisions. more…

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