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Three Break Into Song Moments That Made Our Teenage Hearts Sing
Break Into Song Movie Moments That Made Our Hearts Sing
Thursday Movie Picks (TMP) is a weekly feature hosted by Wandering Through the Shelves
[dropcap]I[/dropcap] know my picks for this week are insufferably predictable but I know – for a fact – that you can’t possibly hate them. Unless you hate them like Kat hates Patrick, which actually means you love them so much you’d write poems about them. Two sentences in and I’m already fangirling.

The following three break into song movie moments made our hearts sing, swoon, smile, dance, ache, break. Watch the videos to relieve what were undoubtedly the best moments of your teenage life.

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Three Break Into Song MomentsThat Made Our Teenage Hearts Sing

in order of film release
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10 Things I Hate About You, 1999

Heath Ledger singing and dancing Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You

I’m pretty sure this scene defined the lives of many teenage girls. From this point on, if your boyfriend didn’t sing and dance in front of all your friends, effectively making sure everyone knew how much he loved you, he wasn’t that great a boyfriend. The best part of this scene, besides the adorable playfulness, is the fact that Heath Ledger holds nothing back whilst singing his heart out to this classic love song.

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(500) Days of Summer, 2009

Joseph Gordon-Levitt dancing to You Make My Dreams

I mean, OBVIOUSLY. Although he doesn’t actually sing, the surprise of this moment was such a delight it demands a place in this list. What starts out as a normal, joyful skip in his step, soon turns into a big happy flash mob, and we can’t help but smile along.

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Blue Valentine, 2010

Ryan Gosling singing You Always Hurt The Ones You Love

Even when he’s singing stupid, this damned Ryan Gosling makes us swoon. Knowing how this romance turns out doesn’t diminish the sweetness of this moment, which is made even cuter by Michelle Williams’ tap dancing.

I may or may not have listened to this song obsessively on my old mp3 player.

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Which break into song movie moments make your heart sing?
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  • 500 Days was okay but JGL was much better than it was overall. I liked 10 Things much more and Ledger’s song was such a terrific touch. Just one more with him and it would have been a Joseph Gordon Levitt theme within theme! I don’t remember that scene in Blue Valentine but then the film wasn’t one I was very fond of.

    It’s been interesting to see what everyone has come up with for this week, I thought this was a theme with a much narrower range of choices than its turned out to be. Here’s what I came up with.

    Adventures in Babysitting (1987)-When Chris Parker (a phenomenal Elisabeth Shue) agrees to babysit the Anderson kids after her date cancels at the last minute she has no idea that she is embarking on the rollercoaster ride of her life thanks to her friend Brenda (a hilarious Penelope Ann Miller) being stuck at the bus station in the city. Going to help against her better judgement she and the kids have one harrowing madcap adventure after another including an unexpected but spirited impromptu performance in a jazz club. Disarming and just plain fun.

    The First Wives Club (1996)- At the funeral of one of their college roommates who committed suicide when her ex-husband married a younger woman three women (Bette Midler, Goldie Hawn, and Diane Keaton) reunite for the first time in nearly 30 years. When they realize the reason for their friend’s suicide, they discover a common bond-all of their ex-husbands have taken them for granted as well-they decide it’s time for revenge and unite to get back at their exes. Scheming and chicanery topped by a musical number follow.

    My Best Friend’s Wedding (1997)-Julianne Potter (Julia Roberts) panics when her best friend Michael (Dermot Mulroney) calls out of the blue and tells her he is getting married the next weekend to pert, ultra-wealthy Kimmy (Cameron Diaz). Once upon a time Julianne and Michael had made a pact to marry each other if they hadn’t found someone by their 28th birthday, with this news she decides Michael is the man for her and sets out to stop the wedding against the advice of her other best friend George (a scene stealing Rupert Everett). Hilarity and an unexpected musical number ensue. Disarming romantic comedy with Roberts’s superstar charisma totally responsible for making her rather contemptible character someone you almost root for.

    • I haven’t seen your first two picks but yes to My Best Friend’s Wedding. I didn’t quite remember that scene, but after seeing it around on TMP I decided to check it out.

      Also, I can’t find a link to your blog, so if you’re not blogging I really think you should, Joel! You seem to know a great deal about film and have a passion for movies, I’d love to read more from you and you’d probably have fun. Give that a thought. ?

  • I *knew* 10 Things I Hate About You was going to make your list 😉 I’ve been meaning to rewatch that film for a while now – maybe I’ll watch it this weekend! Another scene in a movie that makes me want to get up and dance is in The Breakfast Club when they’re all dancing together in the library. I freaking LOVE that scene (despite how short it is).

  • Now…if Heath Ledger could have done La-La Land, it would have been better because Heath can really sing and he seems to be blue to dance. I miss this actor. Your first film was sweet and i always liked that scene. I haven’t seen the other 2 but 500 Days seems to be popular. I just never felt like seeing BLue Valentine

    • No no no Birgit, don’t hate on Gosling on my blog. ?

      I miss him, too. He was a such a light on screen, and this scene shows that so well.

      Blue Valentine is good, in my opinion, but it’s not an easy watch. When it shows the happy bits it’s sweet, but it gets really ugly and painful, too.

    • You might like 10 Things I Hate About You, I hope you decide to see it. I mean okay, target audience is probably 14 year old girls, but it’s actually a really nice film. ?

      The way they work the timeline in Blue Valentine, showing their best moments right next to their worst and vice versa, is what truly kills me. I think it gives the story a sense of complexity and messiness that feels real.

  • All great scenes. I just adore that moment in Blue Valentine. You’re right, even when Gosling isn’t singing well, he’s still so damn charming.

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