Little Miss Sunshine, a 2006 American comedy road film, was the directorial film debut of the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris. The screenplay was written by first-time writer Michael Arndt. The movie stars Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Alan Arkin, and was produced by Big Beach Films on a budget of US$8 million.Filming began on June 6, 2005 and took place over 30 days in Arizona and Southern California. (Wikipedia)
Sheryl is the housewife of a bankrupted family and her husband Richard is trying to promote his own positive thinking plan unsuccessfully. Their son has taken a wow of silence till he becomes a pilot but later breaks the silence as, to his disappointment, finds he is colorblind. Sheryl’s brother, a homosexual, who lives with them, tries to commit suicide as he has been snubbed by his boyfriend. Sheryl’s father, Edwin is a heroin addict and lives with the family.
Story unfolds when Sheryl’s seven-year-old daughter Olive becomes eligible to enter the Little Miss Sunshine pageant in Redondo Beach, California. The whole family travels together in their old Volkswagen Type 2 (Kombi) and face many a trouble on the way.