Drop Dead Gorgeous


Drop Dead Gorgeous

Critics Consensus

It's dark humor sometimes hits, but mostly misses the target.



Total Count: 69


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User Ratings: 60,224
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The 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.


Kirsten Dunst
as Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin
as Annette Atkins
Kirstie Alley
as Gladys Leeman
Denise Richards
as Becky Leeman
Sam McMurray
as Lester Leeman
Amy Adams
as Leslie Miller
Tara Redepenning
as Molly Howard
Shannon Nelson
as Tess Weinhaus
Laurie A. Sinclair
as Michelle Johnson
Sarah Stewart
as Jenelle Betz
Brooke Bushman
as Tammy Curry
Mindy Sterling
as Iris Clark
Matt Malloy
as John Dough
Michael McShane
as Harold Vilmes
Brittany Murphy
as Lisa Swenson
Alexandra Holden
as Mary Johanson
Will Sasso
as Hank Vilmes
Lona Williams
as Jean Kangas
Jacy Dumermuth
as Pregnant Fry Girl
Nora Dunn
as Colleen
Adam West
as Himself
Mary Gillis
as Chloris Klinghagen
Richard Narita
as Mr. Howard
Patti Yasutake
as Mrs. Howard
Seiko Matsuda
as Tina/Seiko Howard
Allyson Kearns
as Candy Striper
Tom Gilshannon
as Lars Larson
Claudia Wilkens
as Iona Hildebrandt
Amanda Detmer
as Miss Minneapolis
Eric D. Howell
as Sound Recordist
Terry Hempleman
as Cop No. 1
James Cada
as Lisa Swenson's Father
Kristin Rudrud
as Pork Products Lady
Luke Ingles
as Rocker Kid No. 1
Nick Ingles
as Rocker Kid No. 2
Peter Aitchison
as Male News Anchor
Mary Rehbein
as Female Reporter No. 1
Jeany Park
as Female Reporter No. 2
Robert-Bruce Brake
as Mr. Melchoir
Tiffany Engen
as Tap Dancer
Annalise Nelson
as Violinist
Samantha Harris
as Miss Burnsville
Kari Ann Shiff
as Miss Delluth
Mark Dahlen
as Cops Crew Guy
Jeff Tatum
as Fireman
Pamela Remler
as Amber Dance Double
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Audience Reviews for Drop Dead Gorgeous

  • Mar 06, 2013
    With a wry sense of humor, Drop Dead Gorgeous delivers an edgy comedy about pageantry. In the film a documentary crew follows the contestants of the Sarah Rose Princess America Pageant in the small town of Mount Rose, but when a series of mysterious accidents start to eliminate the contestants foul play is suspected. The cast is pretty good and includes Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, and Kirstie Alley, who all give solid performances. However, the tone of the film is inconsistent, and there are a ton of plot holes. The satire's pretty clever, but it's often undercut by the broad comedy. Drop Dead Gorgeous is an entertaining romp, but its story is poorly told.
    Dann M Super Reviewer
  • Jul 09, 2011
    Hilarious black comedy featuring an excellent cast of female actresses
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • May 20, 2011
    Very enjoyable mockumentary & modestly black comedy detailing the behind-the-scenes preparations, rivalries, and fatalities at a small-town Minnesota teen beauty pageant. The main competitors are Denise Richards, fitting in a role she probably played in real life as Becky Leeman the perfect daughter of the richest family and who says all the correct bland Miss America cliches, and Kirsten Dunst, perky as Amber Atkins who idolizes Diane Sawyer, fixes the hair & makeup of the bodies at the mortuary for experience, lives in a trailer with her boozy mom Ellen Barkin, and sees a pageant victory as a chance for a future beyond Mount Rose. Many amusing characterizations, from the girls in the pageant to the judges to the parents, without overusing too many hayseed stereotypes (and the ones they have are pretty bang-on.) Not as shrewd as the post-<i>Spinal Tap</i> Christopher Guest mocku-improvs, but not as understated either which generates a number of good laughs, like Barkin getting a beer can fused to her hand following an explosion, her best friend Allison Janney constantly hitting on the film crew, and a mass vomiting outbreak among beauty queens who ate some tainted seafood. But what really sells this movie is Dunst who through her innocent ambitions and sweet demeanor make you want her to win SO BAD - she's just GOT to beat that phony Becky Leeman, god don't you just HATE HER!?!
    Doctor S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 30, 2011
    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!
    Jameson W Super Reviewer

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