Day 24: What is your favorite movie and why?

“I’m getting pulled over. Everyone just…pretend to be normal.”

-Richard Hoover, Little Miss Sunshine

I lurve this movie so much that I must use a made up word to express how much love I have for it. When I was in college, my roommate and I went to the movie in the theater. Neither of us realized what it was rated until after we finished the movie–watching anything above PG-13 was verboten  for students at my college–but I’m glad because otherwise, I would have missed out on a cinematic gem.

“But, Ellayne, you’re a Christian! Why would you watch such a movie? Why is it your favorite?!”

What I find so refreshing about this film is that it is so incredibly realistic. None of the characters are made to look like Hollywood starlets. The soundtrack is exactly the kind of music you would want to listen to on a long road trip. The featured family is dysfunctional–like all families–and there is no pretense about their true natures. They are quirky, but not in a Manic Pixie Dream Girl sort of way. The movie pokes fun at child pageants without dumping on the little girl’s dream. In short, this is the sort of heartwarming film that I wish made it to the big screen more often.

Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine.

Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, and Steve Carrell in Little Miss Sunshine.

Runner up for favorite movie: Big Fish

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