Director: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris
Stars: Greg Kinnear, Toni Collette, Abigail Breslin, Steve Carell, Paul Dano, Alan Arkin
Vacation destination: "Little Miss Sunshine" beauty contest in Redondo Beach, CA

Imagining yourself in a mechanically unstable, blazing yellow Volkswagon with  a family as fabulously dysfunctional as the Hoovers is a terrifying prospect for the dead of winter, nevermind wasting a summer vacation carting your sister to a beauty contest she's destined to lose.

But somehow, after 800 miles of blazing heat and comical catastrophe, the Hoovers, a family that includes a son on a vow of silence, a gay uncle on the verge of suicide, and a profanity-inclined, heroin riddled grandfather, become the most endearing, relatable family we've ever met on screen. But you still couldn't pay us to take a road trip with them.