Plot Summary: The Hoovers are a model portrait of a dysfunctional family. Sheryl (Toni Collette), who may be the only sane one in the whole bunch, has just brought home her depressed brother Frank (Steve Carell) after a failed suicide attempt. For the duration of his stay, he will have to share a room with his nephew, Dwayne (Paul Dano), a Friedrich Nietzsche admirer who has decided to take up a vow of silence until he becomes an Air Force pilot. Grandpa (Alan Arkin), Sheryl’s father-in-law, has already been staying with the family for some time after he was thrown out from his retirement home for snorting heroin and advocating irresponsible 1960s behavior. Her husband Richard (Greg Kinnear), a desperately positive thinking man, bent on getting rich from a self-improvement scheme, constantly pushes on all of them. When Richard and Sheryl’s 7-year old daughter, Olive (Abigail Breslin), miraculously becomes a finalist in the Little Miss Sunshine Contest, the entire family decides to take a trip. Packed tightly in a Volkswagen Bus that needs a solid push before it can even start, the group travels from Albuquerque to Redondo Beach, California. Along the way and eventually at their final destination, all members will undergo personal transformations.
July 28th, 2006 (limited)
December 19th, 2006 (DVD)
Fox Searchlight Pictures
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Paul Dano
Total: 83 vote(s).
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Rated R for language, some sex and drug content.