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Beautiful (2000)



Critic Consensus: Sally Field's directing debut suffers from an inconsistent tone, implausible script, and a protagonist that critics say is one of the most loathsome to come around in a long time.

Movie Info

Academy Award-winning actress Sally Field makes her debut as a director of a theatrical feature with this gently satiric comedy. Mona Hibbard (Minnie Driver) is a woman from a small town in Illinois who never enjoyed much of a rapport with her parents. Looking for approval and validation, Mona began entering local beauty pageants in her early teens; now in her early 20's, Mona is still grimly determined to one day walk away a winner as she finds herself in the early innings of the Miss American Miss competition, organized by Verna Chickle (Kathleen Turner). Somewhere along the way, Mona became a single mother; determined not to let this stand in the way of a pageant victory, Mona has persuaded her best friend Ruby (Joey Lauren Adams) to raise her daughter Vanessa (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) as her own. However, Vanessa seems to have sensed that something is wrong; she feels a much greater bond with Mona than her "mother," and (like nearly everyone else), she's noticed that she looks a lot more like Mona than Ruby. Beautiful also features Kathleen Robertson, Bridgette Wilson, and Leslie Stefanson.more
Rating: PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Comedy
Directed By:
Written By: Jon Bernstein, Mabel Cheung, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Alex Law, Wu Nien-Jen
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 20, 2001
Box Office: $2.8M
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment - Official Site


Joey Lauren Adams
as Ruby Stillwell
Kathleen Turner
as Verna Chickle
Leslie Stefanson
as Joyce Parkins
Michael McKean
as Lance DeSalvo
Gary Collins
as Miss America Miss ho...
Colleen Rennison
as Mona at 12
Sylvia Short
as Alberta
Ali Landry
as Belindy Lindbrook
Robin Renee
as Miss Alabama
Chuti Tiu
as Miss Hawaii
Samantha Harris
as Miss Minnesota
Dawn Heusser
as Miss West Virginia
Julie Condra
as Miss Iowa
Jessica Collins
as Miss Lawrenceville
Deborah Kellner
as Reigning Miss Illino...
Brent Huff
as Miss Illinois Local ...
Shawn Christian
as Wink Hendricks
Margaret Emery
as Pageant P.A.
Irene Roseen
as Woman Official
Mark Christensen
as Production Assistant
William Forward
as Orthodontist
Liz Lang
as Dental Nurse
Alexander Folk
as Tom the Grocer
Lu Elrod
as Neighbor Woman
Adilah Barnes
as Home Economics Teach...
Cindy Montoya-Picker
as Dance Teacher
Lorna Scott
as Mother in Diner
Earl B. Shuman
as Elderly Man in Resta...
Mary E. Thompson
as Elderly Woman in Res...
Dale Raoul
as Shopper
Robert Daniel Phelps
as Mr. Willoughby
Jordan Lund
as Detective
Keli Daniels
as Fitness Club Lady
Susan Segal
as Fitness Club Lady
Annabella Price
as Mother at Slumber Pa...
Sydney Berry
as Little Girl at Slumb...
Ken Baldwin
as E.I. Crew Member
Spice Williams
as Female Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

All Critics (78) | Top Critics (27)

ally Field's direction is pedestrian, though she does manage to get shamelessly winning performances out of Driver and Eisenberg.

Full Review… | April 12, 2010
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.

Full Review… | September 12, 2006
Top Critic

It manages to find an almost pitch-perfect accumulation of ill-matched tones, sheer grotesquerie, near-heroic absurdity and self-canceling folly.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

A conceptual tug-of-war between pathos, cynicism, and satire that is perfunctorily resolved by a thoroughly undeserved (if unsurprising) change of heart.

January 1, 2000
Mr. Showbiz
Top Critic

As predictable as a beauty queen's tearful acceptance speech.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Awkward, alternately sour and sappy.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beautiful

One of my favorite movies of all time.

Leigh Ryan

Super Reviewer


Love this movie! A favorite.

Leo L

Super Reviewer

***Due to the recent RT changes that have basically ruined my past reviews, I am mostly only giving a rating rather than a full review.***

Steve Smith

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