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Beautiful (2000)

Cast: Minnie Driver, Minnie Driver, Joey Lauren Adams, more...
Director: Sally Field, Sally Field
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Studio: Columbia TriStar
Genre: Comedies, Black Comedy, Farce
Running Time: 112 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
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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. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Just bad by pelikan March 31, 2002 - 9:09 PM PST
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
I'm guessingthat this movie tried to be a dark comedy with a human twist. What I do know is that this movie fails. Driver plays a self-absorbed Beauty Queen who will do anything to win, including make the 'Pepsi Girl' miserable.

While watching this movie, I had a thought of an alternative way this movie could of been made. If 'Miss Congeniality' was such a major hit that a sequel was made, which was more or less the same movie, but still grossed a lot of $. Then, without regard somebody with power decided to make a 3rd one, where all previous movies were ignored which resulted in a terrible flop. If somehow, somebody decided to make a 4th movie, but change it enough to appeal to the masses again, by say 'adding in a kid' and more or less changing the basis of the plot, you'd probably get a similar movie.

The subliminal Pepsi tie with the Pepsi girl, is accidentally hilarious....

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