History Film / LittleMissSunshine

30th May '18 7:53:57 AM Gravidef
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* ChekhovsLecture: A surprisingly sweet subversion. When the family first heads out on the road, they stop at a diner for breakfast and Olive orders waffles a la mode (though she doesn't initially know that it means "with ice cream"). Richard then gives her a long lecture about how fattening ice cream is, and points out that most of the beauty pageant contestants Olive admires are skinny, so they must not eat it. Though the rest of the family is able to coax Olive into having the treat anyway, she's clearly upset by her father's words. Then, at the end of the movie, Olive gets to meet Miss California, one of the pageant judges. She then asks the beauty queen if ''she'' eats ice cream...and Miss California happily tells her that she loves it. The relief on Olive's face about one of her heroes liking her favorite food is palpable.
** As pointed out on the Heartwarming Moments page, it also counts as FridgeBrilliance: Miss California clearly knows why Olive is asking the question, and her kind, honest response is the best advice that she could give the little girl.
* ChildrenAreInnocent: Played straight with Olive throughout the movie, [[spoiler: and then hilariously subverted with her burlesque routine.]] The other pageant contestants are a subversion: they deliberately wear revealing outfits and perform sensual routines despite being no more than ten.



* ContrivedCoincidence: When the family stops at a gas station in California, Frank's former lover just so happens to be there, too. And he just so happens to be with his new lover (and Frank's rival) on their way to a private spa. And Frank just so happens to be buying heterosexual pornography for Grandpa. It's especially contrived because the two are supposed to be at a conference in New Haven, Connecticut, clear across the country.



* DirtyOldMan: The grandpa.

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* DirtyOldMan: The grandpa. His life advice to Dwayne? "Fuck a lot of women, kid. Not just one woman. A ''lot'' of women."
30th Apr '18 7:32:26 AM Kalmbach
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* AgeInappropriateArt: [[spoiler:Olive's performance at the pageant: a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song [[Creator/RickJames "Super Freak"]].]]

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* AgeInappropriateArt: [[spoiler:Olive's performance at the pageant: a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song [[Creator/RickJames [[MyGirlIsASlut "Super Freak"]].]]
30th Apr '18 7:31:31 AM Kalmbach
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* AgeInappropriateArt: [[spoiler:Olive's performance at the pageant: a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song "Super Freak".]]

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* AgeInappropriateArt: [[spoiler:Olive's performance at the pageant: a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song [[Creator/RickJames "Super Freak".Freak"]].]]



* BluffingTheAuthorities: The father, Richard, attempts this to prevent a highway patrolman from noticing that [[spoiler: the dead body of the grandfather, Edwin,]] is being stored in their van.

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* BluffingTheAuthorities: The father, Richard, attempts this to prevent a highway patrolman from noticing that [[spoiler: the dead body of the grandfather, Edwin,]] is being stored in their van. He succeeds when the cop finds [[PornStash Edwin's dirty magazines]], thinking that's what Richard is trying to hide, and laughs it off.
24th Feb '18 10:00:18 PM Mdumas43073
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A [[BlackComedy Dark, dysfunctional]] and wildly hilarious family {{Dramedy}} about a {{Road Trip|Plot}}, directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

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A [[BlackComedy Dark, dysfunctional]] and wildly hilarious 2006 family {{Dramedy}} about a {{Road Trip|Plot}}, directed by the husband-and-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
24th Feb '18 9:49:13 PM Mdumas43073
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-->"''A real loser is someone who's so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try.''"
-->--'''Grandpa'''

[[BlackComedy Dark, dysfunctional]] and wildly hilarious family comedy about a {{Road Trip|Plot}}, directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.

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-->"''A ->"''A real loser is someone who's so afraid of not winning he doesn't even try.''"
-->--'''Grandpa'''

-->-- '''Grandpa'''

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[[BlackComedy Dark, dysfunctional]] and wildly hilarious family comedy {{Dramedy}} about a {{Road Trip|Plot}}, directed by husband-and-wife team Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris.
9th Jan '18 2:06:22 PM Aquila89
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* AgeInappropriateArt: [[spoiler:Olive's performance at the pageant: a striptease at a beauty pageant to the song "Super Freak".]]
5th Nov '17 7:09:04 PM Levviathan6
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* TeensAreShort: Averted, Dwayne is at least as tall as his mother and uncle.
3rd Aug '17 5:37:15 AM SeptimusHeap
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* {{Lolicon}}: The pageant MC sure gives some creepy vibes...
10th Jun '17 5:05:51 AM jormis29
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** Richard's not the first guy to be screwed over by [[{{Fargo}} Stan Grossman.]]

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** Richard's not the first guy to be screwed over by [[{{Fargo}} [[Film/{{Fargo}} Stan Grossman.]]
1st Mar '17 1:38:08 PM YgothanEru
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* CheerfulChild: Olive, though breaks down at one time, is almost always jolly and endearing.

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* CheerfulChild: Olive, even though she breaks down at one time, once, is almost always jolly and endearing.
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