I received this DVD this Christmas as a gift from my husband and children. It was one of those movies I REALLY wanted to see in the theater, but either Jim would not go or Brighid could not go, and the timing never worked out. Anyway, I’m so glad it got picked up as one of my gifts – it was an AWESOME movie.
The basic plot is a family of losers takes a road trip out to California, where their young daughter, at the tender age of 7, has been chosen by default to represent their state (New Mexico) in the Little Miss Sunshine pagaent. The road trip with this VW bus load of dysfunction is one horrible turn after another, culminating with their 5 minute late arrival to the pagaent.
I wish I could share more specifics with you, but I don’t want to give away anything. The family experiences one bad turn after another, but each one just a wee bit funnier than the one before. But through it all, this is a family you love, you want them to stay true to themselves and each other, and you are rooting for them not only to make it to California, but for the little girl to win the contest.
There is no incredibly plot twist, scary scene, or huge explosions. But there will be laughter and tears as you watch this film. It’s just so good.