Little Miss Sunshine

“Little Miss Sunshine” is a dark comedy that demonstrates how depression can be a family affair. With the exception of Olive, the titular character and youngest daughter, all of the members of the Faris family struggle with some form of depression. Their mental health burdens often cause them to lash out at one another, which then exacerbates their depression.

Because of her family’s ordeals and outbursts, Olive forms an idea of what clinical depression is and how it is affecting her family. She realizes that her family sees her as a ray of light that helps them cope with their pain.