A Cinema and Spirit Event
1. What did you enjoy about Little Miss Sunshine? Do you think you would have enjoyed it more or less without the
features that make it darker thana typical family comedy? 2. 'I absolutely loved the script and also really loved this dysfunctional family who are just learning to get along for the first time. Their frustrations and theiryearnings felt very real to me...I found myself laughing and crying at the same time.' (Toni Collette) How did you respond to the family? To what extent do you think their frustrations and yearnings areuniversal? Which members of the family did you particularly connect with? 3. 'Now there's no sense in entering a contest if you don't think you're going to win. Do you think you can win Little MissSunshine?’ (Richard) ‘A real loser isn't someone who doesn't win. A real loser is someone so afraid of not winning they don't even try.’ (Grandpa) How do the various members of the family see success? Towhat extent do you think they are an accurate reflection of western society? What does success mean for you?
4. Dwayne: I wish I could just sleep until I was eighteen and skip all this crap – highschool and everything – just skip
it. Frank: You know Marcel Proust? Dwayne: He's the guy you teach. Frank: ...he gets down to the end of his life, and he looks back and decides that all those years hesuffered, those were the best years of his life, because they made him who he was. All those years he was happy? You know, total waste. Didn't learn a thing. So, if you sleep until you're eighteen . .. Ah, think of the suffering you're going to miss. I mean high school? Those are your prime suffering years. You don't get better suffering than that. What truth is there in what Frank says? How dothe members of the family react when their dreams lie in ruins? Little Miss Sunshine is full of dysfunction. Richard is an unsuccessful motivational speaker, Dwayne stops speaking, Grandpa's a coke...