A little girl’s, Olive (Abigail Breslin), dream of making it big and be a winner in a beauty contest (Little Miss Sunshine), whether she wins or not. Mentored by her grandpa Edwin (Alan Arkin) she learns all her moves. Being a drug addict her grandpa almost ruins her chance of making it to the beauty contest. Her brother Dwayne (Paul Dano) is an eccentric character who does not talk for 9 months till he achieves his dream of becoming a jet pilot. He finally starts talking when he comes to know he cant becomes one. Her Uncle Frank (Steve Carell) tried to commit suicide since the boy her loved did not love him back. Her dad Richard (Greg Kinnear) is a trainer in soft skills. He tries to make everyone believe they are a winner. Though most times he goes overboard by trying to talk those within family. Her mom Sheryl (Toni Collette) has tough time doing the balancing act in the family with so many eccentric characters around.
Little Miss Sunshine contest happens in Redondo Beach, California and the entire family embarks on the journey from Albuquerque in the Volkswagon bus. What happens during the journey and the contest is completely filled with load of incidents and tough moments.
“There are two kinds of people in this world, the winners and losers. Every person in the core of their being has a winner which is waiting to be awakened.”