Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Movie InfoThe local boosters of Mount Rose, Minnesota proudly invites you to watch as their annual celebration of civic pride, wholesome achievement, teenage innocence and spirited camaraderie all go up in hilarious flames over the course of one vicious, nasty, back-stabbing beauty contest. A wickedly colorful, twisted comedy, Drop Dead Gorgeous probes the heart of a small Minnesota town where a teen beauty pageant has unleashed a fury of very unladylike behavior. Here in the hallowed American heartland -- amidst the cow fields, pork sausage factories and Lutheran churches, going after the tiara is not just a fairy-tale dream: it's all-out war. Everyone involved in the contest - mothers, daughters, boyfriends, perverts - knows only one thing counts and it isn't talent, physical fitness, current events or sportsmanship. It's being Number One, "yah, you betcha!" Because in Mount Rose, you win any way you can . . . or you die trying. … More
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Critic Reviews for Drop Dead Gorgeous
Incompetent and silly!
Drop Dead Gorgeous hasn't enough structural savvy to make it a winner.
Williams, however, thinks we should be tickled just by the mere mention of cow-tipping, lutefisk and Melissa Manchester. ... Poor people living in trailer parks and wearing polyester -- pretty witty stuff, this.
If a movie billed as a comedy has not a single laugh, can it still be called a comedy?
Drop Dead Gorgeous is undeniably a refinement of the Farrelly Bros.' brand of audacity.
It all feels a bit like an uninspired take on Christopher Guest's genuinely hilarious Waiting for Guffman.
The film finally loses all effectiveness as satire and disintegrates into vomit jokes and clumsy anti-climaxes.
Some of this material is undeniably funny, but it will surely be painful to some viewers and reinforce negative prejudice in others.
In this movie you can literally spot the seam where it crosses the line from the really good section to the completely botched one.
Energetically acted but too in love with its own outrageousness, Drop Dead Gorgeous goes for the jugular of beauty pageant culture and ends up leaving only a hickey.
Audience Reviews for Drop Dead Gorgeous
I had very low expections for this film. In fact, the only reason I watched it was because this is Amy Adams' debut film. However, this film was quite enjoyable. It's hilarious and I love the mockumentary style of it. The humor is so great, too. I also loved seeing all the young stars in this film....Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Amy Adams. They all give strong, memorable, and funny performances. Amy Adams and Brittany Murphy are so awesome here. I love them!
Not one of the funniest comedies I've seen, but it is still a genuine laugh. Definitely one of my favorites that I have watched in the past weeks. I recommend it!
This is a great comedy with great actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and Sally Field.More
Ellen Barkin is the trailer trash mother of Amber (Kirsten Dunst), Kirstie Alley is the homicidally ambitious mother of Becky (Denise Richards) a spoilt rich bitch. They will stop at nothing to make sure their daughters win the Mount Rose beauty pageant, and i mean nothing.
The whole movie is made in incredibly bad taste and for that reason alone, a lot of people will hate it; but i found it was very refreshing to see a black comedy of this quality for a change. It's wonderfully scripted and directed, and the cast is simply perfect; everyone in it appears to be relishing the humour in the movie and it shows in their performances.
If you like this kind of humour, you will love this, if you don't warm to black comedy then it's best left alone.
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