So I watched a movie Sunday night that was SO great, I have to blog about it. It was Little Miss Sunshine. The movie follows the road trip of the Hoover family from New Mexico to California when their youngest child, Olive, gets a surprise shot at winning the Little Miss Sunshine pageant.
The family members consist of:
Richard, the dad, who is trying desperately to make a success out of "The Nine Steps," his motivational program for going from loser to winner. The irony is that he can't make a success out of it.
Sheryl, the mom, who is trying to hold the family together under the strain of Richard's nearly bankrupt business, and her brother Frank, who is staying with the family after his recent suicide attempt.
Dwayne, the oldest child, who cannot stand his family at all and has taken a vow of silence until he is able to get into the Air Force Academy.
Grandpa, the foul-mouthed codger, who is staying with the family after he was thrown out of his retirement community and finally:
Olive, the youngest daughter, who seems to be the only family member who knows what it means to be happy.
This motley crew climbs into their old VW Bus and heads to California to support Olive in her shot at being named Little Miss Sunshine. Along the way, they experience some close moments and some close calls.
Anyone who has ever dealt with a dysfunctional family (and who hasn't?) will LOVE this movie. I literally laughed out loud several times and it takes a lot for me to do that with a movie. If you haven't already seen this, it's on DVD. Get it today. It will make you feel better about your life and finding your destiny in this crazy world.