Owen Gleiberman
August 04, 2006 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Little Miss Sunshine

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
99 minutes
Limited Release Date
07/26/06
performer
Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell
director
Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
distributor
Fox Searchlight Pictures
author
Michael Arndt
genre
Comedy

We gave it a C

An ”indie” road comedy in which the characters are walking, talking catalogs of screenwriter index-card data. The terrific actors (Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Toni Collette) do what they can to alchemize schlock into gold, but the film is too hermetically cute — and, in the beauty-pageant finale, too smarmy — to be funny.

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