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.

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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.
PG-13 (adult situations/language)
Action & Adventure , Comedy , Drama
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Joey Lauren Adams
as Ruby Stillwell
Kathleen Turner
as Verna Chickle
Leslie Stefanson
as Joyce Parkins
Kathleen Robertson
as Wanda Love
Michael McKean
as Lance DeSalvo
Gary Collins
as Miss America Miss host
Linda Hart
as Nedra
Colleen Rennison
as Mona at 12
Jacqueline Steiger
as Ruby at 12
Sylvia Short
as Alberta
Herta Ware
as Clara
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 Illinois
Brent Huff
as Miss Illinois Local Pageant Host
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 Teacher
Cindy Montoya-Picker
as Dance Teacher
Lorna Scott
as Mother in Diner
Earl B. Shuman
as Elderly Man in Restaurant
Mary E. Thompson
as Elderly Woman in Restaurant
Claire Benedek
as Shopper
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 Party
Sydney Berry
as Little Girl at Slumber Party
Ken Baldwin
as E.I. Crew Member
Spice Williams
as Female Prisoner
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful

All Critics (64) | Top Critics (24)

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

No excerpt available.

March 20, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
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

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | November 6, 2002
Minneapolis Star Tribune
Top Critic

No excerpt available.

Full Review… | March 19, 2002
Globe and Mail
Top Critic

Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.

December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Beautiful

***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
Steve Smith

I was only awake for the second half of this, but that half was enough to deem it complete crap that had no business being made.

Liz Klingler
Liz Klingler

Love this movie! A favorite.

Leo L
Leo L

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