Friday, December 29, 2006

The Mainstreaming of "Little Miss Sunshine"

Plenty of oddball readers have seen or heard about the Dayton/Faris independent small-budget film, Little Miss Sunshine, which Fox Searchlight decided to distribute. Alan Arkin's role as the foul-mouthed drug-poppin' grandpa took it far from family fare, but DeVotchKa's musical score gave it a special boost for Colorado natives.

I had heard it was doing better than might be expected in DVD release, but it still took me by surprise to see Wal-Mart and Sam's Club offering a Special Sunshine Package, pairing the movie DVD with a DeVotchKa soundtrack. Every so often, the popular culture latches on to something from the wasteland that almost makes us believe in brains among the masses again.

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