Every now and then the entertainment industry manages to do something right. Last night I saw Little Miss Sunshine at The Westwood Crest Theater, my favorite place to watch a movie. Aside from a few trailers I’ve seen on TV, I had no idea what to expect from this film, so I was pleasantly surprised when it was wonderful. At one point I was laughing so much that I was crying. (I think that hasn’t happened since the last time I saw Steve Carell on the big screen, when Jim Carrey was making him talk nonsense in Bruce Almighty.)
How about this? When’s the last time you saw a flick featuring two actors with whom you’ve shared many a beer? I had no idea that Justin Shilton and Wallace Langham were in this movie. Justin is — follow me here — the ex-boyfriend of my girlfriend’s parent’s good friend’s daughter. I haven’t seen him in about two years, but I used to hang out with him all the time; we went snowboarding together in Big Bear and I actually ran justinshilton.com for a year or two. And Wally is my girlfriend’s ex-best friend’s ex-boyfriend’s good friend. (I haven’t seen him since 4th of July ’05 when we watched the fireworks with him and his son at Lakeside Country Club.) Both of them are good guys and I was very proud to see them on the big screen.