Little Miss Sunshine Debuted Three Years Ago Tonight

Speaking of the Sundance Film Festival in Utah - which I did in my article a few days ago about interior design firm Barclay Butera's Airstream trailer - I finally got around to watching roadtrippin favourite, Little Miss Sunshine.

The movie premiered at the indie festival three years ago tonight, earning standing ovations from the crowd. It then went on to be nominated for four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.

The storyline follows a family of spare parts that road trips in a VW Bus from Albquerque, New Mexico to Redondo Beach, California so that the 7 year old daughter, Olive, can participate in the 24th annual Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

Enroute, the van's clutch dies, the grandpa dies, the horn dies and the teenage son's dreams die.

Many of the plot twists in Little Miss Sunshine's echo those in road trip classic, National Lampoon's Vacation, and like Vacation, Little Miss Sunshine is laugh out loud funny. Albeit in a more subtle, clever way.

Not surprisingly, Little Miss Sunshine (along with Vacation) appears on just about everybody's "Best Road Trip Movies" list.