If life coexisted with the philosophy of character Richard's 9 step program to success, this film would be considered a winner. Because as Richard tells his daughter, little miss sunshine contender Olive, you're either a winner or a loser. This toxic disillusion plagues everyone around Richard. A rather unique group of individuals, who all get stuffed into a yellow bus on a road trip to California. Steve Carell and Alan Arkin play my two favorite characters. One is recognized as a top scholar but is also clinically depressed, while the other is a rock n roll grandpa who snorts heroine. This is comedy gold that also touches the heart. Paul Dano is emotionally significant! As far as family road trip movies go, this one is perfect.