Little Miss Sunshine | 2006

Directed by: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris

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Main Plot

A family determined to get their young daughter into the finals of a beauty pageant take a cross-country trip in their VW bus.


  • Steve Carell plays the role of Frank, a depressed scholar who joins his dysfunctional family on a road trip. Steve Carell
  • Toni Collette's character, Sheryl Hoover, is the mother of Olive and plays a central role in the dysfunctional family's journey to the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant. Toni Collette
  • Greg Kinnear's character in Little Miss Sunshine is the father who supports his daughter's dream of winning a beauty pageant. Greg Kinnear

Ending Explained

In the ending of Little Miss Sunshine, Olive performs her quirky dance routine at the beauty pageant, while her family watches nervously. Despite the unconventional routine, the audience embraces her performance. Olive doesn't win the pageant, but her family joins her on stage, supporting and celebrating her. They all leave the stage hand in hand, reaffirming their bond as a loving and united family.

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Jonathan Dayton Valerie Faris Steve Carell Toni Collette Greg Kinnear