Sunday, August 06, 2006

Beat me to it

I was gonna write up some thoughts on Little Miss Sunshine, but Laurie Toby Edison of body impolitic said pretty much what I would've.

As she notes, to talk about the part I'd (also) wanted to talk about--some rather pointed irony about the grotesque kiddie beauty pageant--inevitably spoils the ending. So I'll just say: if you don't mind spoilers, or if you've already seen it, go check out what she has to say. I'll wait here. The rest of you: it's worth seeing.


Natalia said...

It's pedophilia. I mean the kiddie pageant industry.

The movie I really want to see.

belledame222 said...

Yeah. Afterwards I remembered some HBO special on them, well specifically one little girl, Swan something, and her stage mom; a documentary following them. I remembered being vaguely horrified but had forgotten details. some googling revealed:

-the mom had spent around $70,000 in pursuit of this dream (no, they weren't wealthy, not. at. all)

-there was a brother or something, istr he ran away sometime during the course of the filming

-as it turns out, the mom died of a heart attack a few years back; Swan and sibling went to live with dad and stepmom

-weirdly, just the other -week,- apparently, now the -father- died. i gather they're living with the stepmom now. something.

very VC Andrews, the whole thing.

belledame222 said...

and by the way, i may or may not have mentioned utter loathing for pretty much all stage parents.

but people who put their little kids through those beauty pageants: there is a special disembowelling rack in hell.

antiprincess said...

slight hijack - I had never been to Body Impolitic before - what a great blog she's got!


I haven't seen Little Miss Sunshine yet, but I've heard interesting things about it. (SIDENOTE: I saw Quinceañera this weekend. It's definitely worth the $10.50 and then some.)

belledame222 said...

oh, cool, yeah, i heard good things.

although i kept first seeing it spelled without the enyay (~) and thought "Quince? Something to do with quinces? huh."

i'm sort of mesmerized by the idea of "The Descent," now, even though i don't like gory, and this is supposed to be both super-scary -and- super-gory.

Sly Civilian said...

loved, loved, loved the movie...

Tuffy said...

Living Dolls is on YouTube here:

It rules. In an Angryfreude kind of way.