This movie deserves to become a cult or a classic. Although the story was not so new – a family that is going completely off rails finds redemption while trying to travel to an unlikely beauty contest- the quality of the script and of the game of the actors was good enough to let you forget about the cliche of the situation. A special prize goes to the kid who plays the reluctant teenager- I hope we will see him again in many movies. His acting was incredibly convincing. The story itself is generous and unforgiving. I watched it with my boys and my husband – and this was a winner. I recommend it, it is funny, bittersweet, incredible and highly enjoyable.