#75: Little Miss Sunshine

Timmie is joined by Ryan for a special Thanksgiving week episode!  Listen in as they talk about one of their favorite independent family comedies.  They’re so in sync on this, they may even finish each other’s…sandwiches.

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I. Intro 

A. The Prodigal Co-host Returns… For this Ep

B. Story with Robert McKee

C. So Hard to Do Thanksgiving Eps

D. Nothing Brings Us Together Like Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

II. Basics & Backstory [00:6:15]

A.  Written by Michael Arndt

B.  Directed by Jonathan Dayton & Valerie Faris

C.  Starring: Toni Collette, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Abigail Breslin, & Alan Arkin

D.  Budget: 8 Million

E.  Synopsis

F.  Critical Reception – 91% on Rotten Tomatoes

III. Why We Love It [00:16:40]

A.  Writing

B. Cast/Characters

C. Music

D. Cinematography

E.  The Exact Type of Movie That Can Only Be Indie Now

F.  Attention to Detail/The World

IV. Tidbits & Trivia [00:36:45]

A. Bill Murray Was Supposed To Play Frank

B. Producers Were Worried About Steve Carell

C.  Writers Incorporated Actor Ideas About Plot & Character

D.  Breaking…Into Indie Films

  • Bryan Cranston
  • Dean Norris

V. Why It Will Stand the Test of Time [00:43:50]

A.  Timeless Story

B.  Relatable

C.  Character Relationships

VI. Extras [00:51:40]

A.  Favorite Scene

B.  Favorite Character

VII.  Mini Segments [00:59:30]

A.  NJAM Sees It: Mockingjay Part I (2014)/Arndt Connection, The Wolfpack (2015), People, Places, Things (2015), Spotlight (2015)

VI. Conclusions 

A. Related Links

Original Music

The music found in this episode was written and performed by the talented Jesse James.

Audio Editing

This show was edited by Ryan Jacobi.

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