October 11, 2006

Kids Reel

Well, finally a film we can wholeheartedly recommend. Little Miss Sunshine with an ensemble cast of Toni Collete, Greg Kinnear, Alan Arkin, Steve Karell — the latter outstanding among all the fine performances — Abigail Breslin (the child competing for the Little Miss Sunshine title), and an older brother who is great as a smart, disaffected teenager who sees his dysfunctional family for what it is and learns to accept them. The movie is funny, light-hearted but serious, making each viewer realize that his or her own family is not the only one with oddities. In fact, I ask, what is a "functional" family? Isn't it easier to learn how to fit our own and others' quirks in with folks that may like us, let alone love us?

Anyhow, go see this movie. It is really fun. And we need fun with everything that is going on around us. For that reason, it gets an extra tennis ball to a four-tennis ball rating.

Grandma & Grandpa family film picks:

1. Parenthood

2. You Can't Take it With You

3. Hannah and Her Sisters (not for little kids)

My grandma wrote a new book and she's doing a reading at the East Hampton Library on Saturday at 5 p.m. It's a fun book, too. You're invited!

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