Weekend Single Mama Movie: Once

by mssinglemama on March 29, 2008

When I popped Once in, I couldn’t even remember what it was about. I ordered it from Netflix ages ago. The description says it’s a love story and a musical in Dublin. Oh boy. I usually hate musicals and couldn’t remember why I ordered it … but god am I glad I did.

This might be a bit of a spoiler…but I want you to read it anyway, especially if you aren’t going to watch it.

So girl meets guy. Lovely music, beautiful songs. But she’s acting elusive and talking about “responsibilities.”And then she asks him to dinner. He walks into her apartment and there she is … a sweet little toddler! She’s a single mom!

Guy’s face warps from a beaming smile to shock as he puts two and two together. What a way to tell a guy, huh? Then after dinner guy leaves and this is the scene that almost made me cry … the mom just starts cleaning and cleaning. Doing the dishes, sweeping up and then she collapses on the couch into a ball of pure exhaustion.

I don’t want to spoil the end. I couldn’t find the scene when he walks into the apartment … but you get a glimpse of it in this trailer.

P.S. Watched the last 20 minutes with Benjamin and he LOVED it.

Have you seen any good movies lately? Please tell me … time to order some more from Netflix. And here are some more movies I love.

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{ 6 comments… read them below or add one }

sometimesispill March 29, 2008 at 3:39 am

Wonderful film…I also saw it recently via Netflix and fell in love with the story and soundtrack. (And it’s extra sweet that Marketa Irglova & Glen Hansard are now a couple off-screen.) I recommend adding Juno to your queue, if you haven’t seen it.


Cara Hurley March 29, 2008 at 11:18 am

It looks good. I hope I get to see it one day.

Have a great weekend.




mssinglemama March 29, 2008 at 1:37 pm

I haven’t seen Juno!!! Is it on DVD yet? I will totally get that one next. Tks Sometimes

And you too Cara…have a great weekend.


liz March 29, 2008 at 5:27 pm

I will be adding Once to my Netflix queue immediately. Thanks for the great film tip!!

In the genre of single parent films, I really liked The Pursuit of Happyness. I watched it on DVD not long into my single parent-ness and cried.

And of course, Juno is a winner. Cried in that one, too.


Kim April 10, 2008 at 10:27 pm

I’m chiming in a bit late here (trying to catch up with my blog reading). Must-see movie: “Pay it Forward” with Kevin Spacey and Helen Hunt. Great single mama movie, great message overall, and a real feel-good movie…although you’ll need to have tissues for the ending. I’d seen it before and forgot the ending…boohooed the second time as much as (or more) than the first. Still loved it though!


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