Tuesday, August 08, 2006

a little sunshine + a dark theater = therapy

i want her boots.
Olive: Grandpa, am I pretty?
Grandpa: You are the most beautiful girl in the world.
Olive: You're just saying that.
Grandpa: No! I'm madly in love with you and it's not because of your brains or your personality.
run, skip, jete...whatever you have to do to get to the theater to see Little Miss Sunshine, a film about a little girl named Olive whose endearingly dysfunctional family drives 800 miles across country so she can compete in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant. (i always wanted to be in pageants as a little girl, but my mother would never allow me to be, thank god. i think for me, it was all about the outfits and the tiaras. mom must have known that i could buy those things for myself when i grew up without having to suffer the humiliation of duct-taping my breasts together and teetering about it clear plastic heels b/c they "lengthen the leg." i'm guessing the gross sexualization of her 8-year old probably didn't appeal much to her either. smart lady, my mum.)

Olive is no Jon Benet. she wears chunky glasses, she has a gap-toothed smile, and her costumes lack the requisite pastel poof, but you will love her, her porn-loving Grandpa and the rest of her seriously f-ed up family. i laughed so hard, so loudly; i blushed. you will love this movie. if not, you have no heart, no sense of humor and your house probably smells like tuna salad.

for another, far more insightful take on the film: http://everywomanhasaneatingdisorder.blogspot.com/

p.s. i don't know if you've heard or not, but yes...M & Ms now come in dark chocolate. discovered them in the vending machines this afternoon at work. oh, happy day.

1 comment:

Shane Vickers said...


I don't know why, but I think you will remember me. We went to school together in Valdosta and the last time I saw you was at thespian conference after the opening number in 1993! My name is Shane Vickers and I have often wondered if you pursued acting, which I found out you did through a friend that went to Ole Miss....oh blah de....Anyway, I just moved to NYC. And I believe in a network, and kismet, and making new or old connections. So, let me know what you think, if you do in fact remember me. Please feel free to e-mail me at ShaneVickers@gmail.com or call my cell if you feel bold. 404-246-3351. Or check out my myspace page http://www.myspace.com/gypsyshane

Regardless, it felt right to contact you.....so I did. Congrats on your one woman show, I would love to hear all about it. I hope you get this and I am glad that you are well. Cheers.