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Aroview: The little film that could, this endearing, whole-hearted indie underdog shunts a screwball family on an eventful roadtrip across America, lead spiritedly by a podgy, diminutive 7-year-old (Breslin) who has her heart set on winning a grotesque beauty pageant for young girls.
Also along for the ride: the motivational-speaking father (Kinnear), his dissatisfied wife (Collette), her gay suicidal Proust-scholar for a brother (Carell), their sulky emo-son who’s taken a vow-of-silence (Dano), and the foul-mouthed junkie grandfather (Oscar winner Arkin). Surprisingly scathing as a commentary on America’s all-out obsession with beauty, winning and success, the film is otherwise delightfully poignant, handling its after-school sentiment of ‘being yourself’ without shame, never afraid to bathe in the afterglow of feel-good resolve. Though at the more ‘functional’ end of dysfunctional comedies, this is as silly as it's meant to be, yet rich enough to warm even the coldest soul.
Average rating (Very Good). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
4 stars (Very Good) An eccentric, eclectic, Hoover family come together when 7-year-old, Olive, is accepted to enter a beauty pageant. Travelling across America, to get there in time, in a beat up old van, family dynamics and tragedy play out culminating a hysterical finale. ~GenXGirl
4 stars (Very Good) A sweet and funny story that tackles many ordinary everyday life issues as it follows the roadtrip of the everyman Hoover family. A feel-good comedy to be enjoyed by the entire family. ~Tom H
3 stars (Good Enough) The screenplay is a bit uneven but the good bits are very good (Irish). Abigail Breslin scene steals from a very good cast. ~tubbs
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