13 March 2011
I just read a review of Little Miss Sunshine that hit the nail on the head. It was perfect. More importantly, it was honest. It read just how I felt watching the movie: Just another fake movie about fake people, marketed brilliantly by Hollywood. A link to the outstanding review, written by Andre Soares can be found here:
I had only heard good things about Little Miss Sunshine (IMDB rating of 8 / 91% on Rotten Tomatoes). I move around in the indie filmmaker circle also, meaning that I know a lot of people, like myself, pretending to write screenplays at Starbucks. All they could do was gush at how fantastic and heartwarming this little gem of a movie was. So recently, when I had the chance, I picked up a copy of the movie.
Needless to say, I was sorely disappointed. All I could think of was being duped once again by the Hollywood marketing genius into wasting my time and money watching this cliche ridden depiction of phony people. That’s the problem with most indie movies. The characters in those movies are fake. They’re usually driven by principle to an unrealistic extent. They talk like Juno and her parents. It’s ridiculous. It’s ridiculous because such people don’t exist. I’ve never seen or met any such people.
I was recently criticizing Juno and a filmmaker acquaintance of mine claimed that she knew people like Juno’s parents. Yeah, and I know people like Hannibal Lechter. The difference is that I know that the Hannibal Lechters I know are fictional. Indie Filmmakers believe that Juno’s parents are real. Maybe that’s why most of us indie filmmakers are able to live our fantasy lives, where one day our talent is discovered by Hollywood. I’ve got some bad news, unless you’re related to somebody related to somebody.
Read the review by Andre Soares. Don’t waste your time and money on Little Miss Sunshine.