My son has been bothering me to stop renting eduational dvd's and get some good movies instead. With only the minimum of prompting, (I think I said, Why? I like educational things.) he put on a whole catalogue of entries on my NetFlix que.
One that just came in was "Little Miss Sunshine," may-be one of the weirdest movies I have ever seen. If you are planning to rent it, stop reading now. I am giving you a spoiler warning.
The first thing that comes to mind is, if you think a subject is taboo for a family movie, this movie will have it. Put the DVD in, only after you are sure any family member under 18 is out of the room and suitably occupied.
The cast of characters includes, a gay uncle who attempts suicide after his love dumps him, a grandfather that is hooked on heroin and curses worse than any sailor I have ever met, and a child beauty contest entrant who's talent is a stripping routine her grandpa taught her (no nudity, just to a short set) and the transportation of a dead body in the back of the family VW bus for a part of the movie.
The movie doesn't end happily, or even satisfactorily, but it does end with the family pulling together as a cohesive unit. You wont understand this unless you see "Little Miss Sunshine," so strange as it sounds, you'll have to trust me.
Even now, three weeks after watching the movie, I can't tell you if I liked the movie. I can't even tell you if I would recommend the movie.
Talk about strange!