Saw this fab film a few days ago and now my friends and I call each other up claiming to be "the #1 Proust Scholar in the country", here is a recent article about it - enjoy!
The Sunshine Band
By Josh Rottenberg
Why everyone's buzzing about ''Little Miss Sunshine.'' With its unique brand of pageantry, the 2006 Sundance sensation is poised to cut through the August doldrums like a yellow VW bus through the desert
IT'S A 'SUNSHINE' DAY
Kinnear, Breslin, and Carell take their Sundance act nationwide
http://www.ew.com/ew/report/0,6115,1222576_1_0_,00.htmlLittle Miss Sunshine — a bittersweet comedy about an oddball family's road trip to a beauty pageant in a banged-up VW bus — received a rapturous standing ovation (at the Sundance Film festival in January), a blaze of buzz was sparked, the kind that makes industry dealmakers start hyperventilating and frantically punching at the keypads of their Blackberries. Something about the odyssey of the disaster-prone Hoover clan won the audience's affection beyond all expectations.
By the next morning, following a bidding war that raged until the wee hours, the distribution rights to the film had been snapped up by Fox Searchlight for $10.5 million, the highest price ever fetched at Sundance. Little Miss Sunshine quickly became the banner-headline story of the festival, heralded as a fresh, acerbically funny take on the dysfunctional-family road movie, sort of a National Lampoon's Vacation for the National Public Radio crowd. ''In 40 years of doing film and theater, I'd never experienced anything like the reaction we got,'' says Alan Arkin. ''Just wild enthusiasm.''
Now, eight months later, this $8 million little-indie-that-could is preparing to expand from a limited release in New York and Los Angeles to a wide national run. Previous summers have seen the occasional tiny underdog film rise out from the shadows of the big-budget blockbusters to become a surprise hit, and the makers of Sunshine are hoping that their cinematic microbus, fueled by overwhelmingly positive word of mouth, can hold its own on a freeway crowded with shiny Hummers.
The month of August, when many moviegoers start to feel wrung out from all the big, splashy sequels, remakes, and special-effects extravaganzas, has historically been a welcoming time for smaller, quirkier films. And, with an impressive $499,000 in box office in its first five days in just seven theaters, Sunshine is shaping up to be this summer's It Smaller, Quirkier Film.