Father Richard is desperately trying to sell his motivational success program... with no success. Meanwhile, “pro-honesty” mom Sheryl lends support to her eccentric family, including her depressed brother, fresh out of the hospital after being jilted by his lover. Then there are the younger Hoovers - the seven-year-old, would-be beauty queen Olive and Dwayne, a Nietzsche-reading teen who has taken a vow of silence. Topping off the family is the foul-mouthed grandfather, whose outrageous behavior recently got him evicted from his retirement home. When Olive is invited to compete in the “Little Miss Sunshine” pageant in far-off California, the family piles into their rusted-out VW bus to rally behind her - with riotously funny results.
Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris made their feature film directorial debut with the critical and commercial hit, Little Miss Sunshine, which was nominated for four Academy Awards® including Best Picture. Their latest film Battle of the Sexes, starring Emma Stone and Steve Carell, centers around the infamous 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
The married team began their careers by directing the groundbreaking MTV music documentary show, The Cutting Edge. They’ve directed award-winning videos and documentaries for numerous artists, and have won two Grammy Awards, and nine MTV Music Video Awards.
In television, they directed and executive-produced a pilot for Amazon and also directed episodes of the legendary sketch comedy series Mr. Show with Bob and David for HBO.
They co-founded Bob Industries, a commercial production company where they have directed television ads for Apple, AT&T, VW, Sony Playstation, Gap, Target, Ikea, the NBA, and ESPN, among many others.