Little Miss Sunshine

PUBLISHED: 13:15 03 January 2007 | UPDATED: 10:24 24 May 2010

No-one among the Hoover family quite has it together, but it's not for lack of trying. Father Richard (Greg Kinnear), a hopelessly optimistic motivational speaker, is desperately attempting to sell his nine-step programme for success. Without much success

No-one among the Hoover family quite has it together, but it's not for lack of trying. Father Richard (Greg Kinnear), a hopelessly optimistic motivational speaker, is desperately attempting to sell his nine-step programme for success. Without much success. Mum Sheryl (Toni Collette) is constantly harried by her family's eccentric secrets, especially those of her brother (Steve Carrell), a suicidal scholar fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his gay lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers, including the four-eyed, slightly plump, seven year-old would-be beauty queen Olive.They might not be the picture of perfect mental health, but when a fluke gets Olive invited to compete in the fiercely competitive Little Miss Sunshine competition in California, the whole Hoover family rallies behind her. They pile into their rusty VW bus and head west on a three-day journey filled with madcap surprises and leading up to Olive's big debut - which will change the entire misfit family in ways they could never imagine.

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