The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.
This month’s Genre was chosen by Reut of Sweet Archive and she chose Dark Comedies as the Genre for July. If you want to still submit a movie,. Just send it to me at firstname.lastname@example.org asap
Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of dark comedies…
Number of Times Seen – 2 (27 Dec 2006 and 21 Jul 2015)
Brief Synopsis – A young girl and her family go on a road trip to California to compete in a beauty pageant.
My Take on it – This is a movie that is a bit quirky but still very endearing.
The characters are a real mix of perfect dysfunction and its a pleasure watching them interact because eventhough they aren’t trying to be funny, their conversations come across very comical.
Of the characters, Alan Arkin is by far the best because of his ability to play someone without a care as to what others will think and always speaks his mind. He went on to win the Best Supporting Actor Oscar for this role and it was a very deserving win IMHO.
This movie came out right around the time that Steve Carrell began to break out and becone famous as a comedic actor. This role was further proof of how good of a dramatic actor he can be.
This movie is a film heavily laden with messages, but the most poignant one is about dealing with success and failure in life and the eclectic members of this very dysfunctional family definately help present that message.
I noticed the use of a minor character name from Fargo (1996) and was baffled at the coincidence until I realized that the use of the name Stan Grossman was an homage to the Coen Brothers film. 😉
Bottom Line – Excellent road trip movie with very quirky and funny characters. Arkin is the best of the lot and was truly deserving of his Best Supporting Actor Oscar. Carrell does a great job showing that he can be a great dramatic actor. This family is really the epitome of dysfunctional families and the movie’s message about success and failure hinges on this fact . Highly recommended!
MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The production crew made sure Abigail Breslin really was listening to music in her headphones to keep her from hearing Alan Arkin’s profanity-laced scenes. (From IMDB)
Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Most definitely one of the best recent dark comedies and is now among my favorites in the genre mostly because of its quirkiness.
Rating – Oscar Worthy
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