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Little Miss Porn
The Nav Log ^ | 9/3/06 | ltn72

Posted on 09/03/2006 8:38:11 AM PDT by pabianice

Hollywood is all abuzz about “Little Miss Sunshine,” a deftly presented piece of porn pretending to be a “heart-warming Oscar contender.” The bubbly adjectives simply swirl about this recent release: “brilliant, deftly drawn, heartwarming, raucous, superb, human, engrossing, fun, ingenious, brilliantly hysterical, warm, moving, endearing,” and more. The truth is far less sunny. “Little Miss Sunshine” is a $10 million kiddie porn movie that displays just how rotten Hollywood has become and just how far its powerbrokers have moved from America. That it was the hit of the Sundance Festival was pre-ordained.

It’s hard to know where to begin in talking about this movie and what it tells us about the current business of making movies. The cast is, to be fair, very good, the direction competent, the scene dressing excellent. But the movie itself is tasteless and basically disgraceful, an updated version of “All in the Family,” in which evil, stupid Red America is brought up short by savvy, hip Blue America. Alan Arkin plays grandpa, an aging bum who snorts heroin (yuk, yuk) and was expelled from his nursing home because he is a dangerous, in-your-face loser who counsels others to live irresponsibly. One of his character’s two sons has just tried to kill himself because he was jilted by his gay lover (audience eyes tear up because it’s so, you know, sensitive and, you know, PC). The other son is a financially failed, unsuccessful huckster of a step program for self-improvement who is taken advantage of by Evil Big Business. The teenage grandson is apparently a lunatic who is determined to get into the Air Force Academy and who has taken a vow of silence until he is accepted (that there is a huge poster of an F-18 – a Navy airplane – on his bedroom wall clearly escaped the schmucks who produced this film). We never learn how he plans to do well in high school while refusing to speak. In one violent sequence we learn what potential US military officers are really like when this clueless, friendless loner goes berserk. Nice touch, Hollywood.

And then there is the grand daughter, Olive, a perky seven-year-old who becomes the winner of a local talent contest when the winner is disqualified for what sounds like doping (although we aren’t sure). Olive has a routine of which we remain uninformed until the final sequence. During the 800-mile cross-country drive in a rolling deathtrap of a VW minibus (so, so, 60s! you know), grandpa dies of a heroin overdose while baby-sitting Olive (Manson family values are on display everywhere in this film), so the family steals his body from the hospital, wraps him in a sheet, and stuffs him in the back of the bus. This sequence simply sparkles with the kind of wit for which Hollywood has become so justifiably famous and was getting old when it was done in “National Lampoon’s Vacation” thirty years ago. Of course, the bus is stopped by a cop on the road, but no problem. The cop is, as are all cops, you know, a leering, loathsome policeman who, upon finding a stash of porn magazines, trades some comments with dad that are so uncomfortable for the audience as to make grandpa’s death look like an episode of “Teletubbies.”

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1 posted on 09/03/2006 8:38:11 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

Sounds charming.


2 posted on 09/03/2006 8:39:50 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Where did I leave my matches?)
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To: pabianice

WHat makes it REALLY reprehensible is that ther eis a Bill Maher love scene in it.


3 posted on 09/03/2006 8:42:09 AM PDT by Benrand (MEATLOAF)
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To: pabianice

Thanks for the warning. It's now on my must miss list.


4 posted on 09/03/2006 8:42:53 AM PDT by null and void (Islamic communities belong in Islamic countries.- Eric in the Ozarks)
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To: pabianice

Two people told me to see this saying it wasn't what I thought it would be. This article uncannily touches on every single thing I was afraid of. PC Hollywood is so predictable.


5 posted on 09/03/2006 8:43:27 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: pabianice

"Little Miss Sunshine" is a very funny movie and this review is the thing that is horrible here... Something must have crawled up Navlog's badside before he saw it...

Go see the movie... it's funny and farcical...


6 posted on 09/03/2006 8:43:49 AM PDT by ARA
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To: pabianice

Uh, I saw this movie. Your "review" bears little resemblance to the picture I sat through.

Granted, I did not like the language or the crude sexual remarks made by the grandfather, but alot of the movie was not far removed from real life. And at times very funny.


7 posted on 09/03/2006 8:45:24 AM PDT by txzman (Jer 23:29)
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To: pabianice

Well, I saw this movie and thought it was very funny! So funny, that I'm taking the family to see it again. It is very twisted, the characters don't have any redeeming qualities, yet they all pull together in the end.

I can't say too much without giving it away, but it does shine a kleig light on the ridiculousness of beauty pagents for children.


8 posted on 09/03/2006 8:46:29 AM PDT by Rabid Dog
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To: pabianice
It's one movie. It's not the end of the world. Jeez!

If you don't like it don't watch it. I just watched "Pride and Prejudice" made in England in 2005. Sensational! And "Pushing Tin". Wonderful cast and an adult theme. Could have been great but it descended into melodrama and silly philosphy and the redemptive powers of backwash.

There have always been terrible movies, terrible stories, terrible people. But you have the power of free will. Use it.

9 posted on 09/03/2006 8:47:31 AM PDT by liberallarry
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To: pabianice

But Time magazine says, "American dysfunction! Is there anything more comically inspiring than a hard, hilarious look at the reality behind this ruling cliché? For all the exaggerations in Michael Arndt's script...it comes closer to the truth about the way people really live--on the edge of fantasy-driven desperation--than our sanctimonies permit us to think."

How can it be bad?


10 posted on 09/03/2006 8:48:14 AM PDT by Mr Rogers (I'm agnostic on evolution, but sit ups are from Hell!)
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To: pabianice

Much more frightening than the making and touting of this 'film' is the truth that so many American young will pay to see it and think it's funny and spot on! God how I hate liberalism and the degeneracy it has accomplished already to my nation. I've seen first hand, with two stepkids, what dgeenrate thinking it can accomplish. Thankfully, I no longer have to endure the blind stupidity of that too close liberalism and leftist ideology. But my nation is dying from the infection.


11 posted on 09/03/2006 8:48:18 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: pabianice

Hollywood (and its emulators) are now operating under the proposition that all idiots are created equal and the entertainment of the idiots, by the idiots and for the idiots shall not perish from this earth.


12 posted on 09/03/2006 8:50:48 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: MHGinTN

Okay.


13 posted on 09/03/2006 8:51:55 AM PDT by ARA
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To: pabianice
look for Best Script or Best Production, the Academy’s way of rewarding a dirty little film that won’t get much public acclaim but needs to be recognized

For someone who points out that the movie gets an airplane detail wrong, this writer needs to learn a little about the Academy and Hollywood he criticizes. There is no "Best Production" Oscar, hasn't been in ages.

14 posted on 09/03/2006 8:52:32 AM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: pabianice

Sounds like an update of "American Beauty".


15 posted on 09/03/2006 8:53:53 AM PDT by neodad (USS Vincennes (CG-49) Freedom's Fortress)
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To: pabianice

After the last 2 movies rented I have decided life would be better without the crap hollywood is producing.

1 or 2 movies a year are good imo and I will wait for them.


16 posted on 09/03/2006 8:55:34 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: samtheman

It is a film, a funny film. that is all. It is meant to entertain not to spark a cultural revolution or turn unwitting people into malcontents or killers. I wish the people here at FR would stop being so frigging judgemental about something they have not seen or plan to see. In fact, they should hold any comment. Those that do comment with out seeing it are perpetuating their own angst.

It is a Movie that's all... albeit a funny one...


17 posted on 09/03/2006 8:58:07 AM PDT by ARA
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To: Rabid Dog
It is very twisted, the characters don't have any redeeming qualities, yet they all pull together in the end.

And isn't that what you want in entertainment, to see people with no redeeming qualities pull together? Not moi. I see that too darn much of that in real life. I ain't gonna pay nine bucks to watch it.

18 posted on 09/03/2006 8:58:47 AM PDT by L.N. Smithee (Hey, Genius! If YOU aren't a Muslim fascist, Bush wasn't talking to you! So why are you offended?)
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To: No Blue States

Rent 'Secondhand Lions' ... or buy it and watch it occasionally. 'Dragonfly' is also a great work out of Hollyweird.


19 posted on 09/03/2006 8:59:10 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: neodad

No. it doesn't. Go to moviephone and see the trailer on line.. That is the least that people can do who haven't seen the movie...


20 posted on 09/03/2006 9:03:01 AM PDT by ARA
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To: L.N. Smithee

"don't have any redeeming qualities, yet they all pull together in the end."

Sounds like almost everyone important in the Bible (with notable exceptions).


21 posted on 09/03/2006 9:03:55 AM PDT by MeanWestTexan (Kol Hakavod Lezahal)
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To: ARA

I'll comment on anything I feel like commenting on anytime I feel like commenting. Thank you for your comment.


22 posted on 09/03/2006 9:04:23 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: pabianice

'Bout time! I've been waiting for a good kid's show to hit the theatres.


23 posted on 09/03/2006 9:04:47 AM PDT by gotribe (It's not a religion.)
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To: samtheman

Whatever... Just thought you might want open your closed minded noggin and relax a bit... the pressure must be intense...


24 posted on 09/03/2006 9:06:15 AM PDT by ARA
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To: MHGinTN
Good morning.
"Rent 'Secondhand Lions' ..."

Just buy it. If 'Secondhand Lions' doesn't make you feel good about life, you are hopeless.

Michael Frazier
25 posted on 09/03/2006 9:07:58 AM PDT by brazzaville (no surrender no retreat, well, maybe retreat's ok)
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To: ARA

You see. You're calling me names and insulting me and know nothing about me.

Did I call you a name?

Did I call this film a name?

Did you notice that my original comment, the one that now has you calling me names, was a general statement about Hollywood?

Do you read comments, or only attack them?

Thank you for attacking me.


26 posted on 09/03/2006 9:08:56 AM PDT by samtheman
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To: ARA
Go see the movie... it's funny and farcical...

It is not a movie for little kids, the language is rough, but there is not one boobie to be seen.

The movie it self had some funny scenes and was entertaining.

27 posted on 09/03/2006 9:09:06 AM PDT by Mark was here (How can they be called "Homeless" if their home is a field?.)
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To: MHGinTN

Thanks, Ill check those out next time.

Even most of the good movies are littered with curse words
and Im just really fed up with it.


28 posted on 09/03/2006 9:10:43 AM PDT by No Blue States
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To: ARA
Michael Medved recommended it, so it's hard to believe it's as bad as this other reviewer says.
29 posted on 09/03/2006 9:11:14 AM PDT by BigBobber
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Little Miss Sunshine

Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

Little Miss Sunshine Directed by
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Plot Outline: A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus. (more) (view trailer)

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30 posted on 09/03/2006 9:14:07 AM PDT by raybbr (You think it's bad now - wait till the anchor babies start to vote.)
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To: pabianice

I have a rule of thumb for abysmally bad movies. It is the late-middle-aged Jewish comedian-who-was-never-funny rule.

Alan Arkin and Albert Brooks are at the head of the list. Men who continually look like they are in pain with intestinal problems and whine, nag, or complain with every line of dialogue.

For the most part, Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon were that way, too. And while you might laugh at their torments in the movies, you are left with the feeling of "what a miserable person, living a miserable life."


31 posted on 09/03/2006 9:15:50 AM PDT by Popocatapetl
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To: ARA

Yup, just a funny film ... human degeneracy is such a funny topic.


32 posted on 09/03/2006 9:16:46 AM PDT by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: samtheman

Sam:

Your comment was a broadbased hit derived from a discussion about a film that you haven't seen but still, like a sheep, follow a few people and condemn those who are part of hollywood. It's always the same with a few people here... Open your noggin and don't lop everyone into one stereotype.

I never called you a name. And I do know something about you... you are closed minded. Which is what I am responding to.

You can make an comment and I sir can respond.

No name calling and not attacking. Just pointing out facts.

ARA
Hollywood, CA


33 posted on 09/03/2006 9:17:48 AM PDT by ARA
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To: pabianice

It's funny,I was just checking out James Bowman's site (his movie reviews). He's famously difficult, and to get a 'worth seeing' two stars is about impossible (5-10 films a year.)
www.jamesbowman.net .
All his old annual lists did not dissapoint, but recently I've found he's totally swayed by sexual content: Intolerable Cruelty (CZJones) etc. and also this 'little miss' one.
I'm so happy you posted this, I actually was going to make this one of my (bi-annual?) film treats.
Did you see: 'Va, Vie, Devinir'? If it's translated into English it's a MUST.


34 posted on 09/03/2006 9:20:35 AM PDT by Sarah
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To: MHGinTN

Have you seen it? or are you just basing your comments on the words of others?


35 posted on 09/03/2006 9:21:39 AM PDT by ARA
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To: Rabid Dog
the characters don't have any redeeming qualities, yet they all pull together in the end.

This movie could have been excellent, but goes way downhill when the grandfather dies.

The charaters do not have redeemable qualities, and are not redeemed at the end of the film. They are, losers in the end as they were in the beginning, and you have to think they will kill each other on the slow trip back home.

Also when the grandfather dies, what happens till they get to the hotel is not very believable, and really less than funny, original, or believable.

The pageant and the little girl's recital are an interesting and hilarious commentary on such events (why are the attendees and judges outraged at her dance when it is really all the same thing), but it really does little in the end to redeem anyone in the film...except to show the highly probably fate of innocent, lovable Olive in such an environment.

My mother said the AARP had a review calling it "fun for the whole familiy" which I finf very difficult to digest. Alot of marketing dollors were spent on this film. Alan Arkin is superb, Greg Kenear is absolutely horrible as always. There is even a scen with Kenear on the phone talking to someone, only he puts the phone down before he says a line - I was surprised the director missed that.

36 posted on 09/03/2006 9:25:25 AM PDT by Jalapeno
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To: MHGinTN
But my nation is dying from the infection.

It is...and we conservatives are to blame. We achieved power, and then never dismanteled the Department of Education and the liberal educational power structure that would sow the seeds of our own demise.
37 posted on 09/03/2006 9:25:55 AM PDT by Old_Mil
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To: Tijeras_Slim

The reviewer completely misses the point of the movie. She also misses the satire. What's ironic is that many of the jokes the reviewer missed had points that the reviewer clearly agrees with.


38 posted on 09/03/2006 9:30:27 AM PDT by NYIslander
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To: liberallarry

Check out Bride and Prejudice. Loads of fun.


39 posted on 09/03/2006 9:31:12 AM PDT by xp38
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To: pabianice

I'll bet Madonna takes little Lourdes to this flick! Such wit and au courant culture!

Oh wait....Madonna doesn't allow her children to view flicks or television...too much trash..

Of course, the rest of the entertainers wouldn't allow their children to view trash. ~They just want yours to view trash...and pay for it.


40 posted on 09/03/2006 9:31:31 AM PDT by OpusatFR ( ALEA IACTA EST. We have just crossed the Rubicon.)
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To: NYIslander

I'd never heard of it before this post. But apparently Medved thought it was OK, which does make the reviewer in the article somewhat suspect IMO.


41 posted on 09/03/2006 9:33:17 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Where did I leave my matches?)
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To: pabianice
Michael Medved gives it a four-star rave review here, so how bad can it be?
42 posted on 09/03/2006 9:34:40 AM PDT by lesser_satan (EKTHELTHIOR!!!)
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To: NYIslander

It amazes me the people who simply take anything at face value. No one gets satire anymore it seems.


43 posted on 09/03/2006 9:36:09 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: pabianice

Not a Hollywood movie by the way. It was an independent film that has been picked up by Fox Searchlight for distribution. Completely different animal.


44 posted on 09/03/2006 9:37:18 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You know, Happy Time Harry, just being around you kinda makes me want to die.)
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To: pabianice

I saw the show...I'm a south park republican...but i thought the show was so tacky and could have been much better...i wished the damn van had blown up and killed everyone in it by the end of the show...granted, it was some good acting, won't deny that....but i didn't connect with a single character.


45 posted on 09/03/2006 9:37:46 AM PDT by chasio649
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To: Benrand
...there is a Bill Maher love scene in it.

Does it involve another cast member, or is it simply Bill and a mirror?
46 posted on 09/03/2006 9:41:48 AM PDT by itsamelman (“Announcing your plans is a good way to hear God laugh.” -- Al Swearengen)
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To: pabianice
Dedicated to the memory of Jean Benet, no doubt.

(EP-3)
47 posted on 09/03/2006 9:42:28 AM PDT by BIGLOOK (Keelhauling is a sensible solution to mutiny.)
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To: ARA

I saw the movie a few weeks ago and it sucked.It was mean spirited, crass, and disgusting. Rent Down and Out in Beverly Hills instead.


48 posted on 09/03/2006 9:42:55 AM PDT by ffusco (Maecilius Fuscus,Governor of Longovicium , Manchester, England. 238-244 AD)
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To: pabianice

I always figured Alan Arkin was what you would get if you crossed Dustin Hoffman with Donald Sutherland.


49 posted on 09/03/2006 9:43:09 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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To: Rabid Dog

Jon Benet Ramsey has done a pretty good job of that.


50 posted on 09/03/2006 9:44:57 AM PDT by Old Professer (The critic writes with rapier pen, dips it twice, and writes again.)
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