There are two types of people in this world: winners and losers.
At least, that’s what the father in Little Miss Sunshine believes. He says so as the opening line of the movie, only to have it revealed immediately after that he himself is a loser. And so is every member of his family.
At least, they are by their own standards. They are by the standards of the world. They are when you look at them, hoping that they would be something they’re not. And that, right there, is the ironic twist in the movie: it is their fear of being losers that causes them to be loses. They care so much about what other people think of them, about conforming to outside expectations, that they fail to see the unique goodness in them all along.
Little Miss Sunshine isn’t the wise sage that it thinks it is, but it does offer at least a nudge in the right direction. While Br. Tito and I think that it takes its own advice to far, it’s advice, put simply, is true for us all: stop trying to be someone you’re not and love the person that you are.