With perfect casting, writing and performances, Little Miss Sunshine is a great independent look at a family in trying times as they travel to the “Little Miss Sunshine” contest. The quirky characters aren’t too quirky or over the top and there is a fearless quality to the film that I loved. It’s funny and also a bit touching without ever being too sickly sweet. Dark and warm and beautifully shot, it’s a lot of fun and gives the audience credit for being intelligent and also isn’t afraid to take things to their logical conclusion without second-guessing expectations. A smart comedy that I really enjoyed.