...is an excellent comedy that is both smart, entertaining and funny. Jess and I laughed out loud when we saw it; I knew what kind of gags were coming, but that made me feel comfortable.
The film is stocked with good actors: Alan Arkin, the bespectacled child star, Greg Kinnear, Steve Carell, the tall thin kid that doesn't talk because of Nietzsche. Good ensemble, a good mix of the dining scene with typically hilarious road trip tropes: bad car, food, etc. Then -- and this is how it differs from so many other films of this kind -- the denoument segment, the little girl beauty pageant, will keep your eye, not turn it away. See this article for why we all stand in judgment of the parents of JonBenet Ramsey, but keep looking at pictures of the little girl dead since 1996.
Now, see Little Miss Sunshine. It's fun, rollicking, edifying.