Beautiful (2009)

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A 14 year old shutterbug is persuaded by his beautiful 17 year old neighbor to investigate a series of bizarre abductions when the gorgeous girl voices suspicions that a reclusive widow from their wealthy suburb is to blame for the unsolved crimes. Sunshine Hills was the kind of place where nothing bad ever happened - until the local teenage girls began to vanish without a trace. Now paranoia has taken hold, and everyone's a suspect. Meanwhile, adolescent photographer Daniel begins focusing his … More

Rating: R (for disturbing violent content, sexual material, language and some nudity)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Dean O'Flaherty
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On DVD: Jun 29, 2010
Runtime:
E1 Entertainment

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as Sherrie

as Mr. Thomson

as Mrs. Thomson

as Jennifer
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

All Critics (2)

Cryptic Australian thriller, the first film by Dean O'Flaherty, about some girls who disappear from an idyllic suburb ...

Full Review… | July 3, 2010
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

Clearer storytelling would bring into focus the various aspects of the film that are scattered throughout with nothing to glue them together.

Full Review… | March 13, 2009
Urban Cinefile

Audience Reviews for Beautiful

Quite an interesting, small Australian thriller. I remember seeing the poster in film-ink, and then never heard a thing about it again until it showed up on free to air TV recently.
Good cast and interesting premise. Asher Keddie is particularly effective in her small role.
A lot remains unanswered and the ending is odd, but interesting movie. Glad I finally had a chance to see it.

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Nicki Marie

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This one suprised me. A young beautiful girl gets an even younger boy to do her bidding, which has malice. She does this just for her own entertainment, and just because she can. The boy and the girl are both unknown actors whom do a good job facilitating the story. Some of the other actors are not as compelling, but all in all its worth a watch. While the story has been told before, it does manage to pull off an ending that you dont entirely see coming....even though a little confusing.

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Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

An intriguing, if somewhat incomplete, story of a shy young man who is manipulated by his attractive older neighbor into spying on the mysterious woman at #46. Their overactive imaginations are inflamed by the mysterious disappearance of three teenage girls from the neighborhood and the strange behavior of the reclusive woman in the house at the end of the street. Danny (Sebastian Gregory) has a crush on Suzy (Tahnya Tozzi) and is easily persuaded to do her dirty work. The fact that his mother is no longer in the picture has a bearing on the story, and Peta Wilson is marvelous as his stepmother. Her character exhibited just the right mix of tender and tough. The plot has some holes and stretches credibility, especially with an ending designed more to shock than to solve the mystery. It is entertaining, just don't ask too much from it.

Mark Abell
Mark Abell

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