Monday Movie Music Moment

I cite this as one of the most clever and heartwarming movies of the past decade. It perfectly details the struggles and hardships a typical family can face, as well as their ability to band together despite these obvious differences and focus on what matters. Little Miss Sunshine, a runaway hit from 2006 with a stacked cast, follows a happy-go-lucky young girl named Olive who aspires to win a beauty pageant despite her unconventional and quirky pageant style. Disregarding outsider’s judgment and shelving their countless family problems, the entire brood packs up to take Olive across the country so that she can fulfill her dream and audition to win “Little Miss Sunshine”. Of course, this cross-country journey in a Volkswagen bus inevitably leads to the family members making sense of their numerous complexities and troubles – which touch on topics like depression and suicide, financial woes, social and professional inadequacy and parenting.

This final scene completely sums up the family’s ability to overcome their deep-rooted problems with each other and turn to love and support, when they decide to join Olive on stage during her final performance – a “superfreaky” dance she was taught by her hilarious late grandfather, which appalls the other pageant parents but ultimately brings the family together. Enjoy!


Also, Russian instrumentalist band Devotchka does the majority of the film’s gorgeous score. Check out one of the most beautiful songs from the film, here.

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About Jess Huddleston

Jess (@JessHuddles) is the music mama and song savvy nut of in a nutshell. Since she was young, Jess has noticed new acts, harassed people to find out what tune is playing and asked everyone to repeat themselves because she's plugged in. After completing a journalism degree at Carleton University, Jess stepped into the world of communications, music publicity and magazine writing, while still making time each day to share sounds. Although this funny gal also has a strong passion for fashion and all things pop culture, you're most likely to hear her rave that a particular song or album will "change your life." * Bad Habit: Smart Food. * Favourite Food: Avocado everything. * Favourite Restaurant: La Carnita. * Wine of Choice: Merlot. * Favourite Band/Artist(s): The Boss, Ryan Adams, The Walkmen, Band of Horses. * Favourite Song: All Springsteen songs, "Sweet Thing" by Van Morrison, “Bennie and the Jets" by Elton John, "I Go To The Barn" by Band of Horses and "Try a Little Tenderness" by Otis Redding. * Fashion Icon: Emily Weiss. * Favourite Movie: Only You, Forrest Gump, The Departed. * TV series: Breaking Bad or Friends. * Sport: Basketball and Soccer. * Team: Duke... but, realistically, Florida. * Blackberry or Iphone: iPhone. * Favourite Books: The Great Gatsby, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius and all Kerouac.

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