This film deals with major problems within our society of damaging judgement, self hatred, and harmful standards. The concept of beauty pageants as a general concept is horrible, even before children are involved. From the first shot of the film the audience sees the effect that such toxic images of beauty and competition have on Olive. The Little Miss Sunshine Pageant as realistically shown in the film is in one word “disgusting” and, if pressed for another, I would use “horrifying.” Such treatment of children warps their self worth, and needlessly sexualizes children for a contest of beauty judged by adults. As Dwayne cleverly states “Life is just one fucking beauty contest after another,” and clearly this is an establishment that needs to be shut down. However, it is the point of Frank, referencing the ideas of Marcel Proust, that it is the suffering we go through that creates our best selves. We learn when we suffer. We will go through unnecessary, disgusting, and evil beauty contests in life but at least we can stick to our loved ones and learn from these experiences.
Directors: Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton
Available: Amazon Prime