The 100 Best Movies of the 2000s: 60-51
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52. Little Miss Sunshine (Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Feris, 2006)
Following what has practically become an Indie Movie template, it would have been easy for Little Miss Sunshine to fall into the trap of being too adorably inappropriate for it’s own good, but thanks to a super smart script and on-the-ball performances by a cast full of outstanding actors, it became something more than the sum of its parts. With a voice all it’s own and a somehow simultaneously bitter and hopeful outlook on the world, Little Miss Sunshine builds to a climax so funny and heartwarming that you are glad to have gone along for the ride.
51. Humpday (Lynn Shelton, 2009)
Humpday is a movie that is tricky to recommend to people. The story of two straight best friends, one of whom is married, that agree to make a gay porn film together, it sounds like it will either be your standard gross-out comedy, or insufferably preachy. However, it’s neither.
One of the more accessible films in the so-called ‘Mumblecore’ movement, Humpday is a sweetly funny story of two friends, neither of whom wants to back down from something they are uncomfortable with. They genuinely believe in the artistic value of what they are going to do, and by the time the film reaches it’s twenty minute climax (pun intended), set in a motel room, we know both of these guys so well that we feel like we are there, sharing in this awkward culmination of their friendship.
Halfway done! Check back on Monday, July 9th when we count down the Top 50 movies of the 2000s!