In 2010, Miley Cyrus starred in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ novel The Last Song. In the film, she plays Ronnie Miller, an anxious teenager who doesn’t want anything to do with anyone and has become something of a troublemaker. Ronnie and her younger brother (Bobby Coleman) move to the Georgia coast for the summer to reconnect with their father Steve (Greg Kinnear). Although she and Steve have two minds, they find one thing in common: a love of music. Meanwhile, Ronnie meets the cute resident, the hugely popular Will (Liam Hemsworth). After a night spent hanging out with sea turtles, the couple embarks on a whirlwind summer romance.
“The Last Song” is classic Sparks, with a somewhat melodramatic plot unfolding over the course of an hour and a half, peppers with very light-hearted moments, plenty of aesthetic shots of beach backdrops and romantic sunsets to get you in the mood for a vacation. It’s a coming-of-age drama that might not be loved by critics on Rotten Tomatoes, whose overall ratings give it a 20% approval rating, but audiences loved it, giving it a 65% score.
“The Last Song” might not have been the greatest movie of all time, but it did well at the box office, grossing $90 million worldwide (via Box Office Mojo). Cyrus’ star power as a child actor-turned-A-list celebrity probably helped draw people to the theater. It’s an interesting movie to watch Cyrus transition from Hannah Montana to a more serious, slightly adult role. Watching the film is even more interesting knowing that this is where Cyrus and Hemsworth began their whirlwind romance, falling in love on set and enduring a long relationship and later short-lived marriage (via Cosmopolitan).