"Little Miss Sunshine" fulfills all the traditions of the indie film (Eccentrice characters, check. Road trip, check. Pervasive streak of dark humor, check), and has a terrific cast (Alan Arkin is always worth seeing, Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, and utility player Steve Carell), there is some terrifically off-hand writing which is the only reason the various outcomes of the story aren't immediately telegraphed once each character is introduced. But it's a fine diversion, but one has to ask--"Best Picture nominee? Really? Really?"