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Little Miss Sunshine
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Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, and screenwriter Michael Arndt
Rating:7.8/10 (8 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on December 20th, 2006
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Michael Arndt says that he didnít want the film to be very funny right from the start and instead begin as low key as possible, gradually building the comedy. He says that the filmís humour derives from the charactersí distinctive worldviews clashing with one another. He gets into specifics about the characters, for example with Dwayne he wanted him to be an unhappy teen but not the stereotype that listens to loud, angry music. Not surprisingly, this track emphasizes character, dialogue and story with the engaging Arndt speaking eloquently about his work.
Reviewed by jbax114 on May 30th, 2008
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Writer Michael Arndt is extremely generous about sharing what makes the story work from a script perspective. (One that won the Oscar for best original screenplay). His insights on internal, external and philosophical stakes are priceless for screenwriters both professional and amateur. I also enjoyed his storytelling when it came to the script's genesis and progression into finally being released at Sundance. One of my all-time favorite reviews.
Reviewed by ipatrick on January 12th, 2014
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For whatever reason my region 2 DVD has a commentary by Dayton and Faris only. Arendt commentary is missing from this track. Their commentary is ok, they cover the movie on a scene-by-scene basis and are both angaging speakers as have a lot to say about the script, the changes from original draft to film and talk extensively about the casting process.
Directors Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris
Rating:3.0/10 (1 vote) [
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Reviewed by adduvall10 on September 24th, 2008
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This DVD commentary had me more often than not trying to hear past the directors and listen to the dialogue of the film. I'm not just saying that the film is wonderful, but that the commentary track is quite bland, and co-directors Faris and Dayton have little insight. Thumbs down for this commentary track.
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