Does Olive Hoover (Abigail Breslin) have a snowball's chance in you-know-where of winning the Little Miss Sunshine pageant, considering she only won the regional contest when the real winner dropped out? It doesn't look good, but the Hoovers (Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin and Steve Carell) are packing into the family caravan and heading to California anyway.

What follows are two great movies for the price of one. For most of its 100 minutes, Little Miss Sunshine is a dark family comedy that, while wryly funny, is much more dark than comedy. But just when you've had your fill of angst, the film changes gears and unleashes a vicious, hysterically funny shredding of pageant culture that brings with it perhaps the funniest line ever recited by a 10-year-old.

Perhaps funniest of all: The whole thing is shockingly sweet. Don't ask how that's possible – it just is.

Extras: Writer/directors commentary, four alternate endings (with commentary) and music video.

Grade: A