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Oh, man, I just gotta tell you guys--run, don't walk to see this movie! Terrible name of course, as this is a very adult comedy, but I haven't laughed so hard for a long, long time. Starts off a little slow, but by the time the family is forced to get-out and push their VW minibus the thing just takes off and soars, and the payoff at the finale is huge.

Here in So. Central Texas the weather has been 100 degrees for a couple months now (no lie!) so an afternoon matinee was in order. What a great escape and surprise this was! If a heart beats in your chest I guarantee you will have fun...
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I liked it, but it's a very dark picaresque comedy. I suspect that as it does not behave very much like other Hollywood product out there that most of the locals will be baffled or annoyed by it. And I certainly wouldn't expect much discussion about it until the DVD comes out.

Still, a fine film and very well acted, and it stars one of my top favorites, Toni Collette. Little Abigail Breslin (the little girl in Signs) makes a big impression as the "Miss Sunshine" as well, and Alan Arkin is totally over the top as her grandfather.

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I liked it, but it's a very dark picaresque comedy.

No question that the early minutes do not suggest a comedy (attempted suicide!? elderly drug addiction!? teenage alienation!? marital distress!?) but I'd say it's much more mainstream than perhaps the "Harold and Maude" that brings to mind.

We had just watched and enjoyed Kingpin (LMS is far more adult) and last night we looked again at As Good As It Gets (has the Kinnear connection) which just gets better with every viewing. I think LMS is likely to become a modern classic for the genre.
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It certainly has the makings of a big cult favorite.

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Saw it this weekend since I'm a big Greg Kinnear fan. (Had a Kinnear weekend with "Invincible" as well). Anyway, LMS was terrific! I generally don't like comedies so was a bit wary of all the "hilarious" ad blurbs. However, it has just the right blend of dysfunctional pathos and relatable situations to make it totally enjoyable.
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Loved this. Also as a former owner of an aircooled VW all of the moments with the Transport were done 100% realistically. Speaking of which, holy crap, most of the time those weren't stunt doubles. Talk about some tricky directing! Everyone did a hilarious and splendid job.
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...I'm a big Greg Kinnear fan. (Had a Kinnear weekend with "Invincible" as well)...

We watched "As Good As It Gets" this weekend which is one of those movies that gets better with every viewing.

Hoping LMS has a relatively short run (!) so we can own it on DVD!
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I want to thank you guys for this thread, because with the name of the movie and the shots i had seen with the kid in it, i thought this was a kiddie movie and did not intend to see it.

Well, my wife and i saw it today and loved it. What a great bizarre different comedy. I hope word spreads about this movie, maybe it is, our theater was pretty full for a matinee show which usually dont draw big.

This movie is totally different than most comedies and it really works. My wife and I were laughing so hard near the end, this was great!

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...my wife and i saw it today and loved it. What a great bizarre different comedy. I hope word spreads about this movie, maybe it is, our theater was pretty full for a matinee show which usually dont draw ...

Maybe someone here will read your post and give it a try this weekend while it's still up on the big screen.

Easily the most memorable film I've seen this year...
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We loved this movie, too. My mother-in-law said it was about a totally disfuntional family. I disgreed saying the family was highly functional, just strange. She cited the beginning where
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which is where I said that was functional behavior.

Everyone had their own personality, even the VW!

The end was great. If you have not seen the movie, don't peek at this next line...
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Who thinks grandpa made the dance routine because he was a pervert, and who thinks it was because he knew his grand daughter would love to mock the whole event.


I am of the latter theory...


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The DVD was supposed to have been released yesterday. Anyone got it yet?
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I watched it last night. Definitely one of the better comedies I've seen in quite a while. Great performances from everyone. BTW, the film didn't exaggerate what those pre-pubescent pageants are like one bit. I've witnessed a couple and they are atrocities.

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readers digest version review:

a demented road trip w/ a moral. i laughed out loud....a lot!

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I watched it last night. Definitely one of the better comedies I've seen in quite a while. Great performances from everyone. BTW, the film didn't exaggerate what those pre-pubescent pageants are like one bit. I've witnessed a couple and they are atrocities.

My thoughts exactly. It's weird - I've been in hotels/convention centers twice in the last year where these pagents were going on, and yes, nothing was exaggerated. Actually, the scale of these things were downplayed if anything. Thousands and thousands of these little kids dressed up like little Barbie call girls with their overweight Jerry Springer-esque doting mothers chasing behind for a futile once in a lifetime shot of glory by association. Sordid on so many levels.

But the film itself was one of the most fun and satisfying flicks I've seen in a while.
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Delightful flick indeed; no comments tho about the DVD? Guess it doesn't matter--this is one of those "a must to own" unless they did something awful with it e.g. non-anamorphic, mono sound, or maybe they projected it onto a dirty bedsheet and shot it with a hand-held VHS-C...
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This movie could have been REALLY bad, imagine a family with the following members:
  • A suicidal gay man
  • A gimicky motivational speaker (husband)
  • His somewhat supportive wife
  • Their little girl beauty contestant
  • The off-colored grandpa
  • An entroverted teenager

This could have easily turned into a cheesy comedy, but instead these excellent actors PULL it off, and come up with a SMART drama/comedy.

The script is so well written that the dialog never calls attention to itself. The whole unbelievable affair actually comes off quite realistically ...
simply an amazing job by the writer(s), director and his cast... HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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Yeah, totally agree- the movie is full of elements that, on paper, could have been a cliched mess. The smart writing and great acting elevate it.

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I agree. I saw the film the other day and I really enjoyed it, despite the fact that I thought the characters where all terrible and ridiculous characitures. The acting was superb and it was very funny, so I really did end up enjoying the film. But the plot and characters of the film was really absurd and borderline ridiculous. But the acting was great and the dialogue was great and very funny, which rescued the film and made it quite enjoyable. But I was kind of surprised at how stupid all the characters were, and was kind of surprised how much word-of-mouth hype this film had in the theaters. But still definitely worth a rental, and again excellent acting all around which really was the high point of the film, along with the humor.
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it was a good movie, but I actually didn't laugh too much. The acting was superb, and it elevated it. But yes, well worth the rental


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Usually I agree with most of you folks, but I found this a one joke pony, mostly unfunny and unimaginative and it was too late for the telegraphed joke to save it.

I don't lurk as much as I used to and I NEVER listen. Comes from being old and cynical.

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IF you measure this by how many laughs, you will be disappointed. This is a drama, with an amusing bent

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The old guy telling the teenager the importance of having lots of women

the ice cream scene (watch how this scene is relevant later in the flick, twice), the magazine scene.

The teenager that goes the path of least talk and least resistance, i used that technique as a kid... it completely foiled my "Type A" dad.

Grandpa's death is quite touching, in many countries, its normal for the family to bring the remains with them...

The wife that is supportive but has limits...

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I didn't "GET IT" with this movie. Though I found the acting good across the board, I found
the story line weak, and the ending very predicable. I also found the white trash theme
boring and just not funny not offensive just not funny. Some of the disfunctionality was funny and I would give the movie a 3 star rating. I feel this movie was over hyped and definitely not
Oscar material as suggested.

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I liked it because it was not a run of the mill movie. The acting was good and the plot was believeable (I knew a family that was more disfunctional). I have not been following and reviews so I did not know what to expect, which sometimes makes it nice.

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Anyone care to discuss their opinions of the PQ of this DVD?
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Anyone care to discuss their opinions of the PQ of this DVD?

Going from memory, pq was good, not great. Like a 3.5 out of 5 or so.

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Going from memory, pq was good, not great. Like a 3.5 out of 5 or so.

Yeah, it wasn't so great. It was okay, but soft. It also was a double-sided DVD with fullscreen on one side. I haven't encountered one of those discs in ages! And no matter WHAT, 100% of the time, no matter how I read the spindle label to try to get the widescreen side, I always ALWAYS manage to put 'em in fullscreen-side down.
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Yea whats up with those ridiculously small spindle labels?!

its easier to try both sides, rather than read the label...
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I hated this movie and gave up after the first 15 minutes. Same with Junebug. If you don't like any of the characters and the movie substitutes strange, annoying, and rude behavior for comedy, then what is the point?

I liked The Black Dahlia!

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Rude behavior? I cant remember a single "rude" scene in this movie.
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The old man who snorts cocaine comes into the kitchen and uses foul language in front of a child. I could only stomach the first 15 minutes and fast forwarded the rest.

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