Went out for dinner last night with Pat and Edwina. Went to the cinema with Edwina afterwards. Saw Little Miss Sunshine. Was one of the most enjoyable films I have seen in a long time. All of the actors were absolutely spot on. Steve Carell rises in my estimation every time I see him. He is a good actor as well as a good comedian. Abigail Breslin justifiably stole the show as Olive, the seven year old contestant in the beauty contest of the title. It is Olive who holds the film together and gives a reason to all the other characters being there as they journey 1000 miles across the U.S from Albequerque to California in an old VW bus. Like a small capsule of life, the film deals with depression, death and disappointment yet avoids any morbidity or sentimentality and is refreshingly funny. The characters are all likeable (even Greg Kinnear's character becomes likeable by the end) and it avoids a lot of the cliches that doom similar fare.
I would definitely recommend this film
On a totally unrelated note, isn't chocolatier a wonderful word? I expect to see men with long curly hair, wearing velvet pantaloons and brandishing chocolate swords.