Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)



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

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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.
PG-13 (irreverent and crude humor, sex related material and language)
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Kirsten Dunst
as Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin
as Annette Atkins
Kirstie Alley
as Gladys Leeman
Allison Janney
as Loretta
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
Sara Stewart
as Jenelle Betz
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
Mo Gaffney
as Terry
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
Dale Dunham
as Mayor
Amanda Detmer
as Miss Minneapolis
Eric D. Howell
as Sound Recordist
Matthew G. Park
as Crew Guy
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
Richard Ooms
as Pastor
Robert-Bruce Brake
as Mr. Melchoir
Tiffany Engen
as Tap Dancer
Jennifer Baldwin Peden
as Opera Singer
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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All Critics (66) | Top Critics (21)

Allison Janney is tacky incarnate as Barkin's good-time gal pal.

December 31, 1999
USA Today
Top Critic

Although the satire is biting and the tone is irreverent, Drop Dead Gorgeous lacks the killer script and top notch performances necessary to make this a wholly successful production.

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Gorgeous is one of the year's funniest acts of malice!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

Fitfully amusing!

Full Review… | December 31, 1999
Top Critic

Viciously funny!

December 31, 1999
San Jose Mercury News
Top Critic

Beneath its mean-spiritedness is a sharp-clawed wit.

December 31, 1999
Dallas Morning News
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Drop Dead Gorgeous

It was pretty funny. And Brittany Murphy was just great

Martin Sahlin
Martin Sahlin

Super Reviewer


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 Worley
Jameson Worley

Super Reviewer

This is a great comedy with great actresses including Kirsten Dunst, Amy Adams, and Sally Field.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

Super Reviewer

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