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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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Critic Consensus: A warm, thoughtful dramedy about male insecurity, Beautiful Girls is buoyed by an excellent cast - particularly Natalie Portman in a stunning early role.

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A high-school reunion in a snowy New England town brings together a band of former classmates who go from tavern to tavern discussing sex and relationships. The classmates include NYC pianist Willie who has found some success playing night clubs. While in town, Willie finds himself unnaturally attracted to a seductive 13-year-old girl. Then there's Tommy, the aging jock who though seriously involved with Sharon, cannot resist the occasional walk down memory lane by sleeping with the former prom-queen Darian, who is also married. Immature Paul is so obsessed by the swimsuit-clad supermodels plastered all over his walls that Jan, his waitress girlfriend, dumps him. Paul then begins going out with gorgeous Andera, who tries to explain that she is more than beautiful. Finally there is Stinky, who is just visiting, and Gina, who fancies herself a feminist counselor.
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R
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Comedy , Drama
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Cast

Matt Dillon
as Tommy Rowland
Lauren Holly
as Darian Smalls
Timothy Hutton
as Willie Conway
Uma Thurman
as Andrea
Michael Rapaport
as Paul Kirkwood
Mira Sorvino
as Sharon
Annabeth Gish
as Tracy Stover
Noah Emmerich
as Michael Morris
Sam Robards
as Steve Rossmore
Anne Bobby
as Sarah Morris
Richard Bright
as Dick Conway
Adam LeFevre
as Victor
John Carroll Lynch
as Frank Womack
Sarah Katz
as Kristen Rossmore
Camille D'Ambrose
as Sharon's Mother
Tom Gibis
as Peter the Eater
Allison Levine
as Waitress at Moonlight Mile
Earl R. Burt
as Bartender
Gregory Dulli
as Lead Singer, Afghan Wigs
Trent Nicholas Thompson
as Michael Morris Jr.
Nicole Ranallo
as Cheryl Morris
Joyce Lacey
as Reunion Classmate No. 1
Matthew Nathan Castens
as Reunion Classmate No. 2
Anne W. Erickson
as Coffee Shop Waitress
Ollie Osterberg
as Drinker No. 1
Sterling Robson
as Drinker No. 2
Edward Kaspszak
as Drinker No. 3
John Scurti
as Ticket Agent
Herbie Ade
as Bar Owner
Ben Gooding
as Customer
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Critic Reviews for Beautiful Girls

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (15)

Beautiful Girls is always in touch with reality but never drowned in it.

Full Review… | November 27, 2009
TIME Magazine
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This startlingly uneventful compendium of thick-headed boy-talk and female tolerance squanders a fine cast on incredibly ordinary characters and situations.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Women may be unimpressed, but men will squirm with recognition.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
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It's the women who break the monotony of this dudes-in-flux saga...

Full Review… | June 18, 2002
San Francisco Chronicle
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In a relationship that skirts bad taste, Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic, giving this big-screen spin on Friends its only moments of true romantic yearning.

May 12, 2001
Rolling Stone
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The dialogue isn't the only problem with Beautiful Girls. The characters are bad, too.

Full Review… | February 14, 2001
Los Angeles Times
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Audience Reviews for Beautiful Girls

½

"Beautiful Girls is my kind of movie. It has a great cast, a smart script, and it's funny. I love Rosie O'Donnell. I think she's really funny in this. Her rambling about the perfect woman compared to a real woman was something to be watched. I thought it was really honest and funny. Many guys have these pictures on their walls and under their beds thinking that they may one day be able to have it. The thing is, women too have a picture of a perfect chisled man in mind. But this is how we differ, we know the difference between a fantasy and reallity. Michael Rapaport's character, Paul, is a perfect example of the men I described. Rosie O'Donnell says it best in her rant. The best performances for me was from O'Donnell, Hutton, and Portman. Although Huttons' character creeped me out a bit. If you've seen the movie or plan to, you will understand why. Not an amazing movie, but it was good enough for my tastes. I would watch it again. "

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½

The first time I saw this movie, I LOVED IT. The second time, I thought it was just okay, maybe even a little below okay. Perhaps, due to the lack of subtitles on this particular disc I now own, I couldn't READ the movie while viewing it, so I noticed that a few performances didn't capture the gravitas of the screenplay. I remember loving Paul's slam poetry ode to supermodels (how "they're bottled promise...hope dancing in stiletto heels" and how that's as good as love), but something in Michael Rapaport's faux-gangsta posture and gait seems stilted, as if he wasn't completely sold on his character's near sociopathic rant of genius. I also remember loving Willie's meditation on thirteen-year-old Marty (how she will blossom into awesomeness in ten years and that he'd wait for her), but the cinematography is too staid and the effect of the moving monologue whispers pedophilia before it whispers, say...imprinting (ala Twilight werewolves). I also also remember loving Mo's raving, nonsensical battle cry, "YOU FUCK WITH ME, YOU FUCK WITH YOU! YOU GO TO THE FOUNTAIN, YOU DRINK? YOU DON'T DRINK!" but the loud audio makes it difficult to hear actual words. All in all, a damn shame cuz the coming-of-middle-age story is quite beautiful, and the young Natalie Portman as Marty is indeed precocious and magnetic.

Alice Shen
Alice Shen

Super Reviewer

½

This would qualify for my teen angst movies, except it is 20's angst. Six small-town guys are in town for a school reunion, and all are in various crossroads. Do I get married? Do I continue my affair? What about my job? The only thing wrong with the movie is that in one short weekend, they mostly figure out what they want to do with their lives. If only life was so easy.

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Red Lats

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