Inspired by Miss Universe pageant and the beautiful winner, I decided to come back this month to one of my favourite films- Little Miss Sunshine.
By the way, Miss France looked absolutely stunning in her “Moulin – Rouge” national costume:).
But now, let me introduce Hoover family:
- Richard and Sheryl: he’s got an aspiration to become the motivational speaker ( no success yet). She wants to be helpful for each family member.
- Uncle Frank – gay and underrated Proust expert. He just tried to commit a suicide.
- Dwayne- the teenager who is fascinated by Nietzscheanism.
- Granddad- a drug addict and very liberal-minded person.
- a candidate for a Beauty Queen in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant: Olive. Participation is her biggest dream.
The whole family decides to go with her to the pageant, which in fact turns out to be a big vanity fair. The long road is not easy to anyone – they all have to deal with personal issues.
Each character in the film is very interesting and well shown. For example, Olive’s brother tries to keep a vow of silence until his dream comes true- he wants to become a pilot. It’s important that Dwayne is intrigued by Nietzsche’s philosophy. In the book that he’ s currently reading, German philosopher proclaimed a death of the God. However, it was rather a destruction of positive values than a literal death of the Creator.
Dwayne observes the surrounding moral decline and rebels against it. He starts to practise tough discipline, that allows him to isolate himself from the “rotten” world. Routine of exercises and vow of silence make him stronger in both ways: physically and mentally.
I think that we all support Olive during the pageant, although she is so different to other contestants. She doesn’t really achieve “standards” of little beauty queens.
We are convinced that it is her charm, grace, naturalness should be rewarded. Unfortunately, in those little miss events, other criteria are appreciated.
I watched a few episodes of Toddlers and Tiaras on YT and I was terrified how big pressure is on these girls. Of course, some of them are spoiled brats (:P), but most of them just try to please everyone around, especially their mothers. It’s the first step to psychological problems in the future (here is my post about self-imposed PERFECTIONISM)
If I liked the film, I often watch it more than once. Someone may say that it is a waste of time, but for me, some scenes should be watched again to catch all the meanings.
Little Miss Sunshine is one of those films. I’ve seen it a few times so far and it is still funny but also full of the life wisdom.
It’s a great mixture of dramatic moments, good humour and it shows family relations in an interesting way. I’ll definitely watch it again:)