Though not as amazing as Little Miss Sunshine, this film from the same producers features similar themes as well as results. Family problems and harrowing drama like suicide and death coupled with plenty of dark humor yield a winning film about making the world—and yourself—just a little bit better than it was before. (Spoilers ahead.)
Amy Adams plays Rose Lorkowski, a single mom in her thirties taking care of a troubled but bright child. Rose, a former high school cheerleading squad captain, is having an affair with a married man (Zahn) and cleaning houses to support herself and her son. When Oscar, her son, is singled out to be placed in a special education classroom, Rose decides that she needs to make more money in order to put him in a private school, telling him that they’ll never come back to that school again.