The highly stressed Hoover clan are taken aback by seven year-old ugly duckling Olive’s (Breslin) determination to compete in a beauty pageant. Circumstances force them cross country in a beaten-up VW van to be united by absurdity, disappointment and loss in one weird bonding experience.
Sharp, very funny, surprisingly moving and rejoicing in great work from the entire cast, this sparkling little gem takes the family road movie to unhoped-for heights of hilarity and humanity.
Reviewed by Angie Errigo
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