Parent reviews for Little Miss Sunshine

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age 16+

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age 13+

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age 13+

Based on 94 reviews

age 12+

Beautifully important and touching, perfect for young teens

Little Miss Sunshine (2006) follows a dysfunctional family on a road trip. The film follows many mature themes and story points to craft a film about imperfection, failure and above all else, family. The mature content including some sexual content, drugs, swearing and homosexuality along with references to a suicide attempt are all presented in an important and serious manner. VIOLENCE: NONE It is often referenced that a main character attempted to kill himself. He is highly depressed and has bandages on his wrists. This isn’t explained in detail, and isn’t lingered on long although the story focuses in on it at times. An elderly man overdoses on heroin early in the film offscreen. His body is shown under a tarp on multiple occasions as his family takes his body from the hospital and puts it in the trunk of their car. The body isn’t shown and this isn’t disturbing or comical. Some reckless driving late in the film. LANGUAGE: MODERATE 27 uses of “f*ck” (some used sexually), use of “sh*t”, “b*tch”, “h*ll”, “godd*mn” and “ass” SEXUAL CONTENT: MODERATE In a car, a man tells a teenage boy to “f*ck a lot of women, not just one” several times and to “get that young stuff”, he also says he made the mistake of not doing that when he was younger, some other sexual things are said, but nothing more graphic than that. A man buys 3 pornographic magazines, on the front we see images of women in bikinis with large breasts, women covering their nipples with their hands, etc. and later on in the film we see the magazines again, this time we very briefly see an image of a man and a woman having sex, he is shown in-between her legs but the shot is not explicit and shows no nudity. We also see a picture of a man in a bathing suit in a gay magazine. We see young girls in clad outfits at a beauty pageant, in one scene a young girl strips down to her dance outfit and shakes her butt/does sexual dances however this is made to be funny, as her grandpa taught her this and it isn’t inherently sexual. Some other milder references, nothing too severe. DRUG CONTENT: MILD A man is shown snorting white powder in one scene, this is later revealed to be heroin which he overdoses on offscreen. We also see him preparing to snort it later on, but we don’t see it, instead we hear of his death. At the beginning, after the man snorts the powder, he is shown yelling and swearing implying he is high. Brief drug use that only appears in one scene at the start.

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age 12+

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age 15+

Great movie some inappropriate content

Sex 3/5 Language 5/5 Violence 2/5 Drugs alcohol and smoking 4/5 33 f words A character in the movie dies from drugs Porn magazines

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age 7+

Pleasant road trip

Showed the dysfunctional and hyper paced life in America realistically. Avoided seeing it earlier as it had kids pageant and of which I am not a fan. But this movie showcased the degenerate ways of media where kids are encouraged mimic adults for pageants juxtaposed with an innocent happy kid confused by The media messages and societal ( father's discouraging her from eating ice cream so as not to put on weight; ) expectations. A deftly made movie with funny elements .All the swears, cigarettes, adult magz, drug ( all around handful of scenes ) can be explained to kids if you can explain beauty pageants! ( explain kids: Not that cool and not for every one but adults who like can do ) Also the kid playing Olive is very adorable and doesn't over act trying to be cute. It is a vintage feel movie, the days before GPS.
age 18+

Miserable Nihilistic Wretch

Forget about how many times the F word is used or whether or not you can see bare breasts. That's not the problem with this movie. The real problem is the messaging. To view this movie is to follow a group of dysfunctional people and wallow in their misery while trying to work up the nerve to laugh at such knee slappers as heroin overdose and child abuse. It is one excruciating and entirely unfunny failure after another. Every character who shows an attempt to better themselves is portrayed as a grotesque caricature of naive conformity. This reaches its apex in the famous beauty pageant scene where it becomes apparent that the loser daughter in this loser family stands no chance at winning and, in what borders on a suicide allegory, the family invades the stage and ruins the entire show. Never mind that these people have been awful to each other for the entire movie. They got together briefly at the end for a good old Luddite pity party and family is what really counts. How sweet. I keep hearing about the positive messages that this movie has to offer. Nonsense. Here is the message that this movie has to offer: Life is abject misery. If you encounter a game you can't win (which is every game), you must not only dismiss it as vanity but destroy it. Hysterical! This is the worst message to a young person (or any person) that I can possibly imagine. Over my dead body would this movie be shown to anybody at any age who I'm responsible for.
age 14+

Great family road trip comedy

I think this movie is OK for teens 14 and up. Lots of use the F word otherwise it would be ok for 12 yes of age. Steve Carell is one of my favorite actors and he does a great job in this film.

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age 14+

the cutest thing ever

this movie is super fun! there’s good role models, the whole movie is about how the whole family works together to help their daughter, olive, get to her beauty pageant. there’s some talk of sex from the grandpa, telling the 15 year old to have lots of sex at his age and the grandpa asking the uncle to go buy him porn magazines. this is nothing that a 14 year old wouldn’t know. there’s also some language, mainly the f word being used infrequently. there’s some drug use by the grandpa and the uncle is with the family due to him trying to kill himself.

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age 16+

Quirky and cute feel good movie

I watched this movie just recently from a recommendation from my mom. This movie was sweet a funny, you can help but sympathize for some of the characters and hope they make to the end. In one scene the grandpa tells the teenage brother to "F*** a lot of women" One character dies from a drug overdose and the covers of pornography magazines are shown, there are also multiple uses of the F word.
age 12+

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age 14+

Great, original movie

I watched this with my 14-year-old, who loved it. It is funny and creative. Great, interesting characters. The grandfather (Alan Arkin) is a new heroin addict -- he doesn't talk about it in front of the young girl, but tells the 17-year-old boy that although he took it up as an old man, it would be stupid for a young person to do it (then the grandfather accidentally overdoses and dies mid-way through the movie). He also advises the 17-year-old boy to sleep with as many women as possible (he may have used the f- word, I can't remember), and asks another family member to buy him porn magazines. There is an uncle (Steve Carell) who is gay and just out of the hospital after attempting suicide. There is a depressed teenage boy. All that said, the characters are great, and all of the family support the dream of the little girl and come together in a way throughout the movie that leads to joy and connection. There is some swearing, but nothing teenagers haven't heard. Highly recommended.

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