Little Miss Sunshine
(2006, Dir. Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris)
It’s a completely contrived plot, and this year’s Napoleon Dynamite/out of step/ indie-flavor-of-the-month. However, it’s my type of movie. The film aims for the heart with its comedy and hits it repeatedly. It’s far from perfect, a bit wooden and overly simplistic, but I’d watch Little Miss Sunshine 25 times before watching Pirates of the Caribbean: Depp-a-palooza once. Mostly, because it gives you a genuinely warm feeling about your fellow humans, and partly because Alan Arkin is freakin’ genius in his role as Grandpa. I’ll pass on a second viewing of Superman Returns, but I’m guessing I’ll go out of my way to catch this one again on DVD.