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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Cast: Kirsten Dunst, Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, more...
Director: Michael Patrick Jann, Michael Patrick Jann
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Studio: New Line Home Video
Genre: Comedies, Teen Comedy, Mockumentary, Mockumentaries
Running Time: 98 min.
Languages: English
Subtitles: English
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So how far would you go to win a beauty pageant? That's the burning question of Drop Dead Gorgeous, in which the citizens of Mount Rose, Minnesota gear up for the year's biggest event, the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess America Pageant, in which Becky Leeman (Denise Richards) and Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst) are the contestants to beat. Becky's mother Gladys (Kirstie Alley), a former beauty queen herself, has instilled in her daughter a drive to succeed at any cost. And Gladys will do anything to help Becky's chances of success. Amber's mother Annette (Ellen Barkin) is devoted to her daughter but drinks, smokes, and swears like a sailor. And while Amber is ambitious and a skilled beautician (a talent that she uses in her part-time job at the local mortuary), her view of the pageant is pragmatic: while boys can get sports scholarships, this pageant may be her only ticket out of town. However, Amber and the other contestants may have underestimated just how badly Becky wants to win -- or just how good she is with a gun. Drop Dead Gorgeous was directed by Michael Patrick Jann, a founding member of the sketch comedy group The State (who had their own series on MTV), and written by Lorna Williams, a veteran of the beauty pageant circuit who claims that nearly everything in the film is based on an actual incident. ~ Mark Deming, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

Mostly well-acted and somewhat funny by wes2666 September 28, 2004 - 10:54 PM PDT
2 out of 2 members found this review helpful
Takes a long time to get moving, and isn't as funny as I had hoped, but Drop Dead Georgeous has its moments. Beauty pageants are an easy target for satire, and many of the best jokes were taken, so the screenwriters added a fictional documentary crew and a serial killer. Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards have great comic timing and are fun to watch (the same can NOT be said of Kirstie Alley). If you enjoy this film, you should rent all the usual suspects (Election, Jawbreaker, Heathers, etc), but you also might want to check out Man Bites Dog.

GreenCine Member Rating

(Average 6.07)
116 Votes
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Over The Top & Out Of This World !!!
Just when you thought you've seen it all, here is something completly different. Movies that are off beat, over the top, or just plain "campy". Recomended for a Friday or Saturday night.
It Came from Bottomica!
These movies were watched non stop at my old drug den of an apartment. Those were the days!

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