This film was my sunshine, my only sunshine. It made me happy when skies were ... whatever they were yesterday. Black, at night, leastways. The movie was so great and everyone in it was so great. Well-acted and hilarious and nuanced and touching. Steven Anthony Michael Carell's best role since Slimmin' Down With Steve; maybe even Oscar-worthy. Actually, I will single out everyone by name: Kinnear, Collette, Double A, son, little girl -- my god, little girl! -- and the scene-stealing pageant emcee. Ahhh, Stan Grossman was Halcolm in the Middle aka Tim Whatley, thanks IMDB. What else to say. Not much when you're talking about something this good; it was just such a delight. It made me want to love my family. Haha j/k, guys, I already do. :)
Just caught it tonight. An absolutely wonderful film. Genuinely funny - like "Sideways", this is the rare "good" movie that will generate actual honest-to-goodness laughs - and with the strongest cast you'll find this summer. The best movie of 2006 so far, hands down. It's opening wide this weekend - you really oughta check it out.
"That's my problem - I'm too frank. That's why my mother shoved me down the stairs. But then she is fat."
One of the funniest things I've witnessed in a long time was realizing that she was not dancing to "Can't Touch This", but rather...
There was no chance of Grandpa living through that movie.
I'll be damned if seeing them push start the bus wasn't funny every single time (bonus points for the getaway from the hospital).
Those contestants were CREEPY looking. It made me feel a little icky, since of course the pageants are exploitative and the movie made fun of that, but they also cast those girls and dressed & made them up like that, so they're a big exploitative too.
I keep telling myself that I dislike Greg Kinnear, and then I see this, or The Matador, and I can't remember why. There are other actors that I like more than him, but he's very good at what he does.
At Mohegan Sun, apparently Conan's show was in the venue later in the evening after a women's basketball game. Very cool time lapse movie of the game, the load-in, the show, & the load-out in this blog entry (teamcoco.com).