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48. Little Miss Sunshine

A dysfunctional family embark on a road trip together to make sure their youngest child can take part in the Little Miss Sunshine beauty pageant.

What Tierna thinks: “Loved this. It follows an unlikely beauty pageant candidate & her dysfunctional family on their quest to fulfil some dreams. The many hurdles & shortcomings along the road make for an hilarious yet sometimes emotional story that I’m happy to have watched. If you’re sceptical, just give it a go as at the very least, it should make you smile. I’ll give this a nine out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “I knew Tierna would like this film.  I saw it in the cinema on its release and its a good film.  It’s a feel good kinda film… which I usually don’t like as I’m such a miserable sod… but it works.  The strong cast is part of the reason for this (it’s good to see Steve Carrell giving an understated performance for once).  It’s not going to change your life or re-invent the genre, but it’s a good film and I’ll give it an eight out of ten.

Up next: My Summer of Love

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60. The Squid and the Whale

60. The Squid and the Whale

Offbeat indie drama following the divorce of a pretentious married couple and how their children deal with it.

What Tierna thinks: “I’ve seen a few things recently with Jesse Eisenberg and I’ve enjoyed them all. This film was no exception. It’s generally quite an amusing film with many witty scenes throughout. There’s a strong focus on sex in this film, from the initial stages of teenage crushes right through to the passion & breakdown of adult relationships. It’s a good film and I’ll give it an eight out of ten.”

What Tom thinks: “An odd film this but I enjoyed it.  It was part break-up drama and part rites-of-passage story about the kids.  It also had a good cast – good to see Jeff Daniels at the centre of the story.  Have to say I never thought I’d see a 12 year old kid smearing his ‘sticky white love potion’ over library books!  The only negative I’d have is that it has quite a sudden ending and doesn’t really resolve the stories.  Well worth a seven out of ten.”