影片对白 So who
do you hang out with? No one? What about your family?
Little Miss Sunshine is a 2006 Academy Award-winning dramatic comedy film
about a dysfunctional family's road trip to a child beauty pageant. The film,
which was directed by the husband-wife team of Jonathan Dayton and Valerie
Faris, was nominated for a Golden Globe and won the Best Feature - World Cinema
Audience Award at the 2006 Sydney Film Festival. Produced by IMPACTS
Entertainment on a budget of $8 million, distribution rights for the film were bought by Fox Searchlight Pictures
for $10 million, which is reported to have been one of the biggest deals ever
made in the festival's history. The movie was released in the United States on
July 26, 2006, and had its continental European premiere on August 12 at the
2006 Locarno International Film Festival.
The film was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture and won
two: Best Original Screenplay for Michael Arndt and Best Supporting Actor for
Alan Arkin. It also won the Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature.
Little Miss Sunshine is the story of the Hoovers, a fictional dysfunctional
family from Albuquerque, New Mexico. The characters are introduced in the
opening sequences: Sheryl Hoover (Toni Collette), a stressed and over-worked
mother of two, picks up her brother Frank (Steve Carell) at a hospital after the
depressed, gay Proust scholar has recovered from a failed suicide attempt.
Richard Hoover (Greg Kinnear) is a manic go-getter striving to sell his
motivational nine-step technique to becoming a winner. Dwayne (Paul Dano), is an
angst-ridden, avowedly mute, Nietzsche-reading teenager who has dedicated his
life to joining the Air Force Academy in order to become a test pilot. Richard's
father, Edwin (Alan Arkin), recently evicted from a retirement home for snorting
heroin, is shown to have a strong bond with his seven-year-old granddaughter
Olive (Abigail Breslin), and coaches her to perform in a child beauty pageant.
After an expository dinner sequence, Olive learns she has qualified for the
"Little Miss Sunshine" beauty pageant that is being held in Redondo Beach,
California in two days. Olive is asked to be in Little Miss Sunshine after
placing second in another beauty pageant. As soon as Olive hears the news she
gets up from the table and starts screaming with joy, hurrying down stairs to
keep practicing her routine that her grandpa has been teaching her. While Olive
is partying downstairs her parents are forced to plan how they are going to get
there. Since their relatives are out of town and the family cannot afford other
alternatives, the family realizes they must pack all six family members into
their yellow Volkswagen Type 2 mini-bus for a two-day road trip to California.
The family's tensions play out on the highway and at stops along the way,
amidst the aging VW van's mechanical problems. The characters suffer setbacks:
Richard's hopes for his motivational technique business sputter out; Frank
encounters his ex-boyfriend who is now dating Frank's scholarly rival; Grandpa
dies from a heroin overdose during the family's overnight stay at a motel;
Dwayne discovers that he is color-blind, which means he cannot become a pilot
(this causes him to speak his first line of the movie - 'fuck'); and Sheryl's
obsessive manner impels her to attempt to keep everyone, including herself, calm
and sane. Amidst all this, the family races to get to the pageant on time,
traveling in the VW van with a broken clutch (requiring them to push-start it
after every stop) and a faulty horn that won't stop honking on its own.
The finale takes place at the pageant, in which 6- to 7-year-old girls model
swimsuits and evening wear, as well as performing elaborate dance numbers. Olive
is out-classed by the other girls' emulation of Barbie dolls, but the family
reluctantly allows her to continue the competition and pursue her dream. In the
talent portion, Olive scandalizes and horrifies the audience and pageant judges
with a striptease-style burlesque performance (to the tune of Rick James' "Super
Freak"), taught to her by Grandpa, which she performs unaware of its risque
nature. When her family rises to defend her from the pageant organizers and
shield her from the humiliation of being removed from the stage, the ensuing
chaos brings the dysfunctional family together in a shining moment of triumph
over all of the many obstacles that littered their collective journey spanning
time and interstate highways. By dancing on stage together they find what is
really important in life; each other.
To placate the irate pageant organizers, the family gladly agrees to their
demand that Olive never ever participate in another beauty pageant in the state
of California. They return to their van, push-start it, jump one by one into the
side door, and head home smiling.
A Walk in the Clouds《云中漫步》（精讲之三） 考考你 参考答案
The whole matter boils down to the fact that
you two don't like each other.
I hope you'll stick around till the end.