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  • The climactic scene and ending falls between a CMoA and a Heartwarming Moment. First watching Olive bust the moves her unconventional grandpa taught her at the pageant (to the song "Superfreak"), followed by her entire crazy family joining her on stage despite the disapproval of the crowd. It brings a whole new meaning to "family bonding."
    Pageant official: What is your daughter doing?
    Richard: She's kickin' ass... that's what she's doing!
    • It's quite brief, but the 'I dare you to try and stop us' stare that Frank gives the official when he gets up to dance.
    • In one of the alternative endings they stole the winning trophy whilst fleeing the hotel (the rest being the same as the finished result).
    • Especially Richard yelling at the creepy announcer to get away from Olive when he tries to get her off the stage.
    • Frank joins this moment, too—as soon as people start booing Olive, he demonstrates that uncles can be Papa Wolves, too: "Where are those little fuckers? I'll kill them!"
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    • What? No mention of Olive's hero Miss California being one of the only people in the room to like the performance?
  • Followed by Frank being the first person to stand and begin to clap for Olive
  • If Dwayne didn't earn Awesome status with his "do what you love" speech, then he did when he went backstage to talk Olive out of going on. Especially with this:
    Official: Are you authorized to be backstage?
    Dwayne: (without breaking stride) No.
  • Right before Olive is to go onstage, both Dwayne and Richard realize that her non-traditional act and looks are going to make her not only lose the pageant, but be teased and laughed at. They both storm backstage in an effort to keep her from going on—and that's when Sheryl tells them to back off. She admits that Olive may not be like all the other girls, but she has always been her own independent self, and to discourage that would be cruel.
  • Perhaps more subtly, Olive appears to overhear and is visibly upset about what Dwayne and Richard are saying about her, and when Sheryl offers her the chance to bow out, we can see her hesitating. But in the end, she decides to go onstage and perform anyway. Even being presumably aware of the possibility that she'll be laughed at and will lose the contest, she's still going to take the chance.
    • Doubles as a CMOH when we remember that earlier in the film she was shown to be insecure about her looks and afraid of losing, and Grandpa was the one to encourage her to take a chance even with the possibility of not winning. Apparently she took his words to heart.
  • Richard's extremely unconventional driving to get to the Redondo Suites Hotel. Traffic laws be damned, no one is going to keep his little girl from competing.

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