Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Stardate 61828.57 - Little Miss Sunshine

Over Saturday and Sunday evenings we watched Little Miss Sunshine. Essentially, a dysfunctional family is brought together while working towards a common and worthwhile goal. And, it should be added, overcoming significant obstacles along the way. I laughed out loud a few times throughout the movie, but the ending was pretty amazing (in terms of humor). Cheryl and I were both rolling on the floor, laughing for the final 15 minutes of the film. At the conclusion of the movie Cheryl said, "I can see why audiences loved it and critics didn't."

Two thumbs up.

NYC

4 comments:

JamesF said...

Weird, I liked everything but the ending. I thought the whole dance at the end was so telegraphed that you only wouldn't see it coming if you had been asleep most of the movie. So the ending lost any humor they were trying for since it seemed obvious that's what was going to happen from the first time the grandfather and the girl mention it being a secret. I really liked the rest of the movie though.

I don't recall critics not liking it. If anything I thought it was just the opposite. That all the critics liked it, but since it was an indy type film it wasn't getting a lot of traction with movie goers.

SMY said...

I thought the ending was hilarious too!

CAPT_Sawyer said...

...you only wouldn't see it coming if you had been asleep most of the movie...

Soooo, you're saying that only idiots would think the ending was funny because all the smart people figured it out?

JamesF said...

Capt Sawyer: you're saying that only idiots would think the ending was funny because all the smart people figured it out?

Well, you left out the "I thought" that started the sentence fragment you quote, so other than taking it completely out of context as to why I didn't think it was funny and generalizing it by throwing some intelligence assumptions that I didn't make into your interpretation, yea, I suppose you could say that. I shouldn't have switched pronoun references from the "I" to "you", but I've never claimed to that great at grammar.

That said I find it hard to believe anyone watching the movie didn't foresee what was going to happen on the stage at the end. If you didn't then I suppose it's a testimony as to how you can actually lose yourself within a movie (for me, I always have a hard time forgetting that I'm watching a movie and end up examining it from an analytical perspective as to why certain pieces of information are included).

That said, the ending relies on shock value. I was explaining why I didn't find it particularly funny. Now even though I knew what going to be coming it was still amusing, just not anywhere near laugh out loud funny (whereas some other parts of the movie were in my opinion). And I don't make the assertion that it's impossible to know what's coming and still find it amusing (which is what you imply that I said in your paraphrasing).