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Drop Dead Gorgous is a fairly average comedy which stars Kirsten Dunst in the lead role as Amber Atkins who enters the Mount Rose Teen Beauty Pageant as she hopes to follow in the foot steps of her idol Diane Sawyer. Of course being a teen pageant it is the perfect setting for lots of bitchy behaviour and deviou back stabbing.
The organiser of the pageant goes by the name of Gladys Leeman and is played byKirstie Alley who appeared in the comedy Look whos Talking and to be honest that is probably the last thing I remember seeing her in as she also appeared in Cheers which was a good American comedy show. Her character is a total control freak and has a vested interest in her own daughter winning the pageant played by Denise Richards in the role of Becky.
What I did like was the documentary style of filming that was used, it allowed the supposed off camera moments to be done quite cleverly and it adds an additional menace to some of the bitching that went on in the pageant.
The film is all about excess and the way, in particular Americans, seem to attract such importance to appearance and things that really do not matter that much i the real world.
I must say I enjoyed the film however it did suffer a bit in places here it sort of used the same sort of humour too much, relying on the rather eccentric character of Kirstie Alley character to provide the laughs. It is worth seeing though, Dunst is good in the comedy lead in a sort of understated way and the film is interestingly shot with a good storyline.
I'd seen this film on the DVD shelves many a time and passed it by, as it looked a bit trashy. I expected teen flick, lots of blonde hair, white teeth and cheesy dialogue. I wasn't surprised then when on of my best friends, a gay guy who's favourite actress is Lindsay Lohan and favourite band is Girls Aloud, recommended this. However I was surprised when my cousin who's more into country music, long difficult books and crossword puzzles also recommended it, referring to it as 'black comedy.'
After these two baffling conversations I saw 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' in Tesco priced at just £2. For that price, I thought, it didn't matter if I didn't enjoy it, it would cost me more to rent it.
Drop Dead gorgeous is set in Mount Rose, Minnesota, where the girls are competing to win the 'Mount Rose Teen Beauty Pageant.' The film follows the contestants in the battle to become the winner of the pageant, all are entering for different reasons, some for the attention, for something to do, for the money or because of pushy parents, but for our hero Amber Atkins (played my Kirsten Dunst) it's to be like her idol Diane Sawyer. Head of the pageant's committee is Gladys Leeman (played by Kirstie Alley), a control freak type character, who funnily enough is mother to one of the pageant's hot favourites, Becky (Denise Richards), pretty but not particularly talented. There is fierce rivalry between her and Amber's mother to make their daughter the winner. Cue lots of bitching back stabbing, and the mysterious deaths of some of the pageants contests along the way to find with winner of the 'Mount Rose Teen Beauty Pageant.'
So What did I think? Well I wasn't wrong at the hair and teeth bit, though I guess this is about a beauty contest after all. Apart from that, however it was not what I was expecting at all. The is film in documentary style, which is refreshing and adds a unique twist to the whole thing. This is a comedy, but it's not laugh out loud funny, though a few bits did make me smile at the witty visual jokes more than the spoken ones. As an audience we thoroughly sympathise with Amber who seems to be the only sane one among a town of crazy American women. Kirsten Dunst shines in this an I was surprised at her comic timing. Kirstie Alley makes a great slightly unhinged pushy mother and provides many of the films comic moments, though at times she can grate a little. There are a couple of brilliant supporting cast too, namely Brittany Murphy and Alison Janney.
Cast wise it was great, the plot was there, as good twist on the beauty contest movie, but it didn't make me laugh like I was expecting. I got the jokes and I understood what it was trying to do, it just missed the mark for me. I would watch it again, but I'd skip the 'seafood' scene. For those you have seen it you'll know what I mean, for those that haven't, I er.. won't spoil it!
This film is classified as a 15 and is available widely. £2 in the sale at Tesco!
I did not expect this film to be as funny as it was, but 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' has some hilarious moments and is a devilish satire of American small-town mentality and values.
Presented from the point of view of a fly-on-the-wall camera crew, 'Drop Dead Gorgeous' follows group of teenage girls endeavouring to win their local beauty pageant, while a series of top contenders are mysteriously killed. The humour is decidedly black and at times deliciously vicious, particularly in its' conclusion. Each scene is peppered with subtle visual gags, making the whole film consistently funny - never serious, never descending into pointless romantic kitsch. This is just funny.
The whole thing is pitched somewhere between the divine comedy of 'The Simpsons' and the outrageous, borderline offensive send-ups of 'South Park'. Don't let its' teenage angle put you off - this is not simply a 'teen comedy', it is rewarding for all viewers.
Though it could be described as basically moralistic, the message is not pushed home as central to the film, it's just there, take it or leave it. There are no pretentions of artistic genius or cinematographic skill (the whole thing as a vague 'done on a budget' feel occasionally), which makes a refreshing change from some more recent American cinema.
It's available to rent on video and I believe it's on Sky Multiplay right now. It's thoroughly worth watching and extremely entertaining - nothing that's going to change your life or open your mind, just a quality film.
With constant sacreligious comments and various other un-P.C. scenarios, this has got be one of those movies that is either going to offend or be loved . I fall into the latter category as Drop Dead Gorgeous is one of my favourite films of all time.
Set in Mount Rose, Minnesota, this 'Mock-umentary' follows 8 local teenagers as they compete to win first place in the 'American Teen Pageant'. The contestants range from a frumpy teen loner obsessed with her German Shepherd to a fun-loving girl (played by Brittany Murphy) who strives to compete with her drag queen brother. The two main competitors are played by Denise Richards and Kirsten Dunst. Richards is the daughter of the pageant's organiser (Kirstie Alley) and is seen by most of the locals as a shoe-in for the title. Kirsten Dunst is the stereo-typical trailer trash teen with big dreams of escaping from her alcoholic mother (played brilliantly by Ellen Barkin) and making it big as a newreader like her idol, Diane Sawyer.
Needless to say, as this film is purely about making fun of how seriously some people take the pageants, things soon start to go awry with 'accidents' taking place and the contestants dropping like flies.
There are just too many good things about this movie and if I went into much more detail it would spoil the film for future viewers. The comedy comes from the actual delivery of the scripted lines - the comic timing and spot-on accents really add to the hilarious situations.
Allison Janney (The West Wing) shines in her small role as Loretta, Dunst's mother's friend and delivers some of the best lines in the film.
Look out for the cigarette-wielding, overweight 'choreographer'; the brothers who own the hardware store; the pregnant teen in the bathroom who can't go to the parade because she thinks she's 'due or something' and the slutty/ditsy cheerleader. They are just a few of the characters who never fail to bring a smile to my face.
I managed to pick up the VHS for £5.99 a few months ago however DVD's are available on Amazon.co.uk for less than £13.00 - I'd highly recommend purchasing this film - you won't regret it. Be warned though, if you are easily offended this won't be the right choice for you.
I shall start this review with a word of warning, or rather several. Do not buy, rent, burn, or whatever you kids are doing nowadays, this movie if you are easily offended. Do not let the cast or theme fool you, this is an hilarious film. One might be inclined to see the names "Kirsten Dunst" and "Denise Richards" together in the same bill and think, "Bugger that for a game of darts, I'm not sitting through another romantic 'comedy'", with all that which entails in such romps. If you were to think such thoughts, as I so often have done in the past, you would be so wrong your buttocks would implode. This screenplay has something to offend everybody, and i mean everybody. From the mentally handicapped to the Chinese, everyone gets a turn. The great thing is, however, that it all seems slightly less than serious, and so no real offence should be taken. For the rest of us though, its an opportunity to have a laugh! (please don't bombard me with hateful comments!) Right, that was a bit of ramble (or a preamble!), whoops. Anyway, on to the film itself. The action centres around a local beauty pageant, in the quiet suburban town of (Beautiful) Mount Rose, Minnesota. Smart money, it seems, is on it going down to 2 contestants: Amber Atkins, played by the lovely Kirsten Dunst, and Rebecca-Anne Leeman, whose mother happens to be adjudicating. The people are supposedly God-Fearing, but when it comes to the pageant, someone's out to make sure there will only ever be one winner, using whatever means possible. Is it just me or did that sound like the blurb from the back of a DVD? The viewpoint of a documentary crew to make a film has been used little in cinematography, but when it has, it has more often than not been put to great effect (see Spinal Tap and Best in Show). One possible quibble is the lack of interaction between crew and subject, as the few moments of this are genuinely funny
. The camerawork and hasty scene changes add to that amateur-ish feel, which gives the film an even funnier edge, as if all this nonsensical behaviour seems to be really happening in suburban backyard America. The Casting for Drop Dead Gorgeous really is spot on, and I can give no higher praise than that. Dunst is perfect as the white-trash, yet lovable Atkins, deserving winner of the pageant, whereas Richards plays her role with aplomb, as the upper class snobbish entrant, Leeman, with no talent whatsoever. On a side note, Kirsty Alley seems to have been born to play the role of mother and judge of the contest, but to say any more would spoil an excellent film. Moving on to the screenplay: it actually made me laugh out loud, which may not be rare for me, but what is rare that is does so consistently on repeat viewings. Every other line is a side swipe at small town life in America, be it at the local hicks, or the corruption lying within everyday harmless (maybe) society. Gutbusting moments come thick and fast, and, unlike most recent comedies, this has a very low number of failing gags. Okay, so its a tad offensive. We're not talking Bernard Manning here, just a few light gags sprinkled here and there: and they work. Anyone who refuses to laugh at a joke simply because they feel themselves 'above' it, in my opinion, should just go out and make a film to cater for their own needs. Fair enough, a good few writers and directors have made careers out of this. Unfortunately the DVD is a vanilla release, containing no special features. Unless you count 'scene access' and 'cast and crew' as extras. I do not. The sound and image quality are both superb, which is particularly excellent as this is now a permanent budget title in HMV, for around £7.99. Overall, this film combines comedy with excellent film-making, and I am proud to have it in my DVD collection. Just someone tell Warner B
ros to stop making those friggin' crap cardboard boxes to sell them in!
Drop Dead Gorgeous is set in the stlye of a mock documentary following a small Minnesota town's beauty pagent. We meet some of the contestants, but the three main competators are Tammy Curry(Brooke Bushman), who wins everything, Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst)and Becky Leeman (Denise Richards), a member of the rich Leeman family. However, it seems this contest isn't as straight foward as it seems. Tammy is blown upwhile riding on her tractor, then Amber gets a threatening letter. However the show must go on and the happless contestants continue preparing. However someone doesn't want Amber to win and someone tries to make a light fall on her head and they also blow up her camper, with her mum inside. We also get to meet the judges of the contests John(Matt Malloy), who seems to like young girls and films them while rehersing, Harold(Michael McShane), who has to bring his retarded son with him to the contest and shy Jean(Lona Williams), who doesn't say a word in the whole film. Who will win? This film is a hilarious black comedy that often gets mixed reactions, due to its sense of humour. However this films main source of laughs is the characters themself. They are all bizarre and outlandish and are convincingly acted by the people who play them. Also because they are so eccentric what they say and do is funny. For example, Becky Leeman, who is driving by her mother to win, in her birthday card she wrote, Jesus Loves Winners and because she is religious for her talent she dances with a big jesus doll stuck to a cross, or John who films the contestants while dancing saying he has the camera incase there is a road accident. This film looks like a stupid teen chick flick but It isn't just that, I hate teen films like She's all That but I loved this because it suits my dark sense of humour. Everyone in the town has a weird accent a bit like in Fargo, how they always say Yeah in a funny way. Ellen Barkin who plays Amber'
s mother who gets a beer can melted to her hand in an explosion is funny. Especially when she has to open a can with her hook that replaced her hand. I recommmend you watch this film but be warned if you don't have the right sense of humour you may find it offensive.
I watched this film last night, I missed the first ten minutes too, so sorry if I miss anything, however the plot is quite straight forward so I hope I mention everything! This film was released in 1999 and I've never really heard anyone talk about it, so I thought I'd catch a glimpse of it and see what I thought, I've also now read some opinions on both dooyoo and ciao and I have to say that unlike some people on these sites, I didn't really like this film, it was ok at times and sometimes hilariously funny but the plot itself was pretty boring, I'm glad I missed 10 minutes of it! The film is directed by Michael Patrick Jann, I only know one other film that he has directed which was Aisle Six ~ In which I have never watched! (sorry!) The film lasts for just over an hour and a half. The film is set in mount Rose, Minnesota. Here the local beauty pageant is going to take place. Gladys Leeman, former Mount Rose American Teen Princess, is leading the pageant this year and is desperate for her daughter, Becky to follow in her footsteps by winning. Gladys Leeman is quite full of herself and is married to the richest man in town. Then a rather unexpected tradgedy strikes when the fave to win the pageant, Tammy Curry dies ~ She dies in a rather unexplained tractor accident, strange!? Then comes the main star of the performance, Amber Atkins, the perfect contestant to win. She has a great personalitly and is very pretty. She is witty and courageous and is trying to raise herself beyond her trailer trash, but loving and caring mother who also won the pageant. Then comes all the other unexpected accidents, after Amber swaps numbers with a friend so she can perform first, this girl performs and gets hit on the head and sent to hospital, Amber realises that it was no accident and that the heavy object was meant to hit herself in the head! Then Ambers trailor/caravan house burns down. (Suspected arson) Her
mother is injured and rushed to hospital. Here is where Amber decides to quit before anything else happens, having already recieved many death threats in her locker. This part of the movie is quite freaky but by far the most interesting part, if your actually awake when it gets to this part that is!!! Her mother who seems alright, just a bit burnt with a can bear fused into her hand, convinces her daughter to go through with the pageant because she skows that she can win. The show isn't all about Amber thuogh, after Tammy died, Gladys' daughter, Becky took her role as the fave to win. She makes a strong appearance throughout the whole movie, the practising and rehearsing. There are also many other pageant beauty queen entries too though. One is a young girl that can work with deaf children, she uses this talent for her performance. Another is a dog lover who will show in her performance how much she loves German Shepherds! Another is a cheerleader, imagine her performance!! There is also an Asian-American entry, she doesen't have a clue! Lastly there is the true actor who beleives this is her first step in the right direction. We also meet last year's beauty pageant winner who is now in hospital suffering from bad annorexia, she makes the film a little funnier at this point, especially when her hair starts falling out, although this shouldn't really be funny! Thats all the main contestants and people that we get to meet, there are also the judges though, all have never judged anything or anyone in there lives though! One is a young but BIG man who is easily attracted to young women, another is an older man without a clue and who is always smoking, there is also another BIG man and last but not least a young and tiny, mousey like female who I don't think said anything at all! The story carries on with the annoying countdown to the show and the big, who will win question. Parts of
the movie before the pageant are funny, the scary threats were surely the best part but otherwise there is nothing special, quite a bore to watch really. Then comes the day of the pageant, you see what goes well and what goes wrong, some parts are hilarious and others are pathetic. I'm not spilling the beans to who wins and what happens but in the space of about half an hour the whole pageant is over and done with and then we're onto the state finals and then the national finals in this short space of time. Everything goes really quickly, the whole film has been building up to the pageant climax and it goes so quickly it's pretty stupid. Apart from thinking this was a pretty abismal film, I thought the actors were brilliant, with many recognisable faces, I enjoyed their performances. Also look out for: Ambers mums permanent can of bear Ambers sort-of second mum The girls in the bogs How Amber travels Ambers DEAD job A group of drunk lads The Jesus show/dance (The funniest part of the movie for me!!!) The whole movie is recorded by a crew which is very different to other movies I have seen. They are a school crew that are making a film on the pageant, obviously this is a very clever and appealing way to make the film, this is 1 advantage of the film for me! ~ However this does also get annoying!!! The DVD extras include the usual, a trailor of the flik, interviews and behind the scene parts as well as the deleted scenes section. The quality is also SO much better than the film on VHS, I am led to believe. The extras features were great and although I skipped some of the interviews, most of the stuff was great, maybe even better than the film itself! ~ Or is that me just being harsh!!! The extras are avialable in English audio (5:1) alike most DVD's nowadays. Thanks for reading, I hope I've managed to put you off this movie, it's a bore but many people disag
ree with me so if you think it's for you, then go and watch it and tell me what you think. Thanks and cheers. ~M~
This is the story of the Mount Rose beauty pageant as filmed by the fly on the wall camera crew.. there's lots of casualties along the way though! The two leading contenders are the lovely Denise Richards, and the cute Kirsten Dunst. There are lots of really funny bits along the way, and all sorts of mad characters This is a black comedy and a half, but this is a DVD review, so I'll look at the actual Disc. (this is a review of the R2 DVD) Unfortunately the DVD is a pretty bare bones affair, with the extras listed as "Interactive menus and Scene Access". The sound mix is DD 5.1, and works pretty well. There isn't too much to test the speakers here, but it works well. The aspect ratio is 1.33:1, so that makes this a fullscreen presentation, as against widescreen.. I don't think the DVD requires a widescreen transfer as the full screen does the job pretty well. The film lasts 95 mins, with 22 chapter stops, which is an okay number.. more would be preferable, but the 22 is passable. There are no obvious artifacts in the transfer, so it gets a thumbs up there. We also have subtitles for English and English for the hearing impaired, but not for the major european countries. This DVD is published by Warner Bros. so it comes in a snapper case.. this isn't a problem for me, but I know some people hate snappers with a vengeance, so be warned! Overall a good film, with an adequate DVD, but very light on extras.. if you're a fan of either of the young actresses (especially Kirsten Dunst) you'll find this a worthwhile purchase.
I'm not a big fan of teen comedies, but that's probably just because I'm not a teenager any more. This one, however, made me laugh myself almost sick. It's a totally tongue-in-cheek, black comedy, mickey-take of American Beauty Pageants. It makes fun of itself at times too. American Beauty Pageants are a sore point in the United States. They are the kind of thing that you are either completely in favour of or totally against to the point of hatred. Geraldo and Oprah in their time have devoted shows to the very subject, especially where it concerns very young girls. Jon Benet Ramsey is a case in point. The mothers of girls (of all ages) entering these pageants will swear blind that their daughters WANT to enter them and that they are not forcing them into anything. Those against these pageants obviously say the opposite and liken these events to child slavery. The prizes amount to thousands of dollars, cars, holidays, savings certificates, toys and plenty of other advertising "gifts". See why mummy is so keen? Naturally to have made this film about the very young girls who enter these pageants would have created an enormous outcry and would have blocked the message that the film makers were trying to make - that pageants are false and meaningless, not to mention degrading. Pageant supporters in the US claim that these events are all happy happy things, all the girls are friends and that they all get along just fine - no bitching. Knowing women and especially teenage girls, we all guess at the truth of that. This film portrays very well and goes over the top to show the extreme competitive force of some of the contestants and some mothers. It's set in Minnesota. That in itself to most Americans is an in-joke, as Minnesotans are made fun of in the US as much as, say, southerners make fun of people from Birmingham - and vice versa? I think that this is an important point to kno
w before you watch this film, otherwise you miss out on the joke. The LA based actors ham up the Minnesota accents a storm and make a great mockery of the fact that Minnesotans are "god-fearing folk" in public but as degenerate as the rest of us in private. A camera crew follows the actors around so that the film is a fakeumentary, with crews filming action as it happens as well as interviewing characters. There are scenes where camera crews for the documentary meet up with crews "filming" for "Cops". They all know each other and are on first name terms. This particular pageant takes place in a town called Mount Rose, where Kirsty Alley as Gladys Leaman is organising the do, helped by the woman who played the little german lady (Scott's mum!), Frau Farbissiner in Austin Powers. There are several entrants in the pageant, one of whom is Gladys' daughter Rebecca played by the lovely lovely lovely Denise Richards. Her main competition and therefore enemy is Amber Atkins, played by Kirsten Dunst (all grown up since "An Interview with a Vampire"). Gladys sees nothing wrong with cheating or committing murder to help her extra-bitchy daughter win and sabotages Amber at every available opportunity. Basically that's the story of the film - Dooyoo forbids me from telling you anymore! However, the humour in this film is obviously what makes it. The desperation of some of the girls to win or even just compete makes them easy targets for jokes. A few of the characters: Amber Atkins - daughter of a single parent whose father ran away with the circus, tap dances up a storm, lives in a trailer with an alcoholic mother who "would kill someone for the nicotine under their fingers nails", has the quirky sex-mad neighbour who thinks nothing of saying "I got some!" on national television, while Amber herself works in a funeral home doing the make up on
corpses and considers herself lucky that the tiled floors in the morgue mean that "she has a part-time job where she can practice her tapping". Rebecca Leaman - patronizing, arrogant, bitchy daughter of pageant organiser who cracks veiled jokes about "her father's many Mejican workers who he lifts from poverty" and that "they are letting the retard count the votes". Her mother also seems to give her guns for every birthday and she can quickly rattle off the calibre of each one, while firing. She receives birthday cards from her parents with the inscription: "Jesus loves a winner!". Her talent, a version of "You're just to good to be true", is the highspot of the film. She's singing about a special man in her life and actually brings a model of him on stage and dances around with him. If I tell you who it is, I will spoil it. Let me just say that you will be offended but will get stomach ache from laughing anyway. The girl who is so in love with dogs that her talent is demonstrating the many barks of dogs - "none can compare with the greatest of them all: The German Shepherd". The girl who is president of the gun club (of which Rebecca is second in command) whose idea of relaxing is to ride her combine harvester while smoking dope. The girl who is so obsessed with sign language and deaf people (no reason!!) that she's super-happy after a spotlight drops on her head and makes her deaf. And remember that huge fat American guy from "Whose line is it anyway"? Mike someone - well he's also in it, playing straight man to his retarded (their word) son. As this film is already politically incorrect, they make fun of the retard throughout the film. Before you get all upset, please note that the retard wins in the end! This is the sort of film where great attention has gone into the details. Keep an eye out on the background itself as
well as the background characters. Watch out for: Ellen Barkin's can of beer (Amber's mother); The girls in the school toilers, especially; the pregnant one Little aside comments; Street signs and advertising billboards; The loony model agency owners; The pageant judges; A certain boyfriend and his pals; Amber's usual method of travel; The Oriental family (and natural daughter) who adopt an American girl and go all patriotic. It's a dark film, it may offend (but I'm shallow and laughed anyway), it's detailed, it's funny even in it's mockingly-serious moments, and in the end it's Americans making fun of Americans. Can't be bad!
In the small town of Mount Rose in Minnesota, the annual Sarah Rose teen beauty pageant is approaching, causing a major disruption in the lives of all teenage girls who want the opportunity to leave their boring town. As these activities sore quite high on the social calendar of their small town, a film crew is sent along to record every moment of these girls battles against finding their chosen talents, picking the perfect costumes and at least slightly maiming the competition! Rebecca Anne Leeman (Denise Richards-Wild things, starship troopers) belongs to the richest family in the town. Her priorities are a little different from those of other students. Her aim is to win and she’ll do ANYTHING to do so. Being the President of the Lutheran Sisterhood gun club insures nobody will stand in her way. With the help of her mum, (Kirstie Alley) who is the organiser of the pageant, it looks like she is set to win. Kirsten Dunst (Bring it on, Jumanji, Little women) stars as Amber, a lower class student who lives in the trailer park with her mum (Ellen Barkin). Her main dream is to follow in the footsteps of her idol Diane Soyer and become the beauty queen, just like her mother was a few years previously. She also wants the opportunity to leave the town and go on to do bigger and better things. The only thing standing in her way is Becky. The competition becomes close as Amber is persuaded to battle it out by her mums friend Loretta, after her mum is injured in a freak trailer explosion. Using any spare time at her job as doing the hair and make-up for the deceased, she improves her chosen talent - tap dancing. Other competition includes the school slut/cheerleader, a girl obsessed with dogs and an 100% white American favoured by her Chinese adopted parents, much to their biological daughter of the same age’s abhorrence. It also features Brittany Murphy (clueless, cherry falls) As the days draw nearer to the pag
eant, tension rises and strange murders start to occur leaving the shortage of rivals in the pageant, forming the slogan, ‘if looks could kill!’ This is a genuinely funny movie, depending on your sense of humour. It won’t have your sides splitting, but such characters as the perverted judge and the guy who just can’t keep his pants on, are sure to bring a smile to your face As it says, “You win anyway you can………………. Or die trying!”
This pitch black comedy holds no punches, sending up the beauty pageant culture in America quite wonderfully. The film is styled as a documentary and follows the contestants of 50th Annual Sarah Rose Cosmetics Teenage Beauty Pageant. Kirsten Dunst plays the lead as one of the constants that wants to win so that she can get out of her hometown of Mount Rose in Minnesota. Denise Richards is her main opponent who, along with her mother, will do anything to win. All manner of "accidents" occur to the contestants as the big day nears. All the while the documentary crew are given a free reign to film the mayhem as it unfolds. The film is interspersed with interviews of the main contestants and the pageant runners. Their true colours come through during these and makes the film much more entertaining. Although the film is funny throughout there are two hilarious scenes that steal the show. One involves Denise Richards doing a dance routine with a blow up doll of Jesus. The other involves all of the contestants of a beauty pageant being sick in a synchronised swimming manner after eating some bad shrimp (a bit gross but very funny). The extras on the DVD include the original trailer, interviews with the cast, script-to-screen screenplay access and a behind the scenes section. There are also some deleted scenes which when watched is understandable why they were cut out. The film can be viewed in full-screen and wide screen anamorphic formats. Nothing too special but interesting enough. This film is hugely entertaining and fans of films like Spinal Tap will love this. I do not know if it is worth forking out the extra money for the DVD edition but this film will certainly be a worthy addition to your film collection.
The ugly face of beauty pageants is revealed in this unusual black comedy that sees the Americans refreshingly poking fun at their own culture. Directed by Michael Patrick Jann, this 1999 film is shot in a documentary style. The action follows the annual American Teen Princess contest in a small town in Minnesota. Kirstie Alley ( in her best performance yet I think ) plays Gladys Lennman, a former beauty queen who is determined to see her spoilt brat of a daughter ( played by Denise Richards) follow in her footsteps by becoming a beauty queen. And she will stop at nothing to ensure her plan succeeds. The only fly in her face cream is Amber Atkins ( played by Kirsten Dunst), a prettier girl who hails from a trailer park but looks as though she will win none the less. Ellen Barkin plays her hilarious trailer trash mother. Not for the easily offended as some of the jokes are a touch un-PC, this is a hugely entertaining and a very funny flick. Definitely one that is worth watching.
Yet again an American so-called comedy fails to deliver any significant laughs over the standard ninety-minute fare. It always happens though when they extract average actors from funny sitcoms with funny writers. And the case is true here as the beautiful Kirsty Allen of cheers fame plays a homicidally ambitious rich mom who promotes the annual Mount Rose beauty pageant. The equally stunning Denise Richards is her equally bitchy daughter and the two will do anything to bring home the big prize. Her main rival is the homely daughter of Ellen Barkin,a chain smoking hard drinking trailer park trash gal who wants nothing more than her pretty daughter to be happy.But in American mid west beauty contests its war and the winner is the last one standing. So what we have here is a straightforward good versus evil/rich versus poor flick that ambles along with no real impact or humor as the actors pretty much play themselves and pick up a nice check, fortunately not on the films merit. Anyhow the two evil ones plot to sabotage any girls chances of winning the show as the big day nears. Sadly the sabotage is all too obvious as dresses are cut and heavy spotlights fall from the sky. Tantrums are thrown as the show down after the first two rounds of the pageant leaves Amber (Kirsten Faust) and Becky (Richards) head to head for the final tiara. And that basically is the movie and you would be out of your mind to rent it. I was lucky enough as I saw it free with a beautiful young Dutch girl on a KLM flight to Amsterdam. When I was travelling across America in the 1990s,I happened to stumble on a small town a week after the infamous murder of six year old Mary Joan Bennett who was a star on the pageant circuit and subsequently murdered for her sins of dressing up like a doll because her mum told her. I have to admit that seeing tarted up six-year-olds is a very disturbing sight and is a great metaphor for America’s obsession
for money and looks. Sorry I’m digressing, I’m just trying to take your mind of this plain Jane of a movie.
A mockumentary about teen beauty pageants and it works very well. Following the story of the community of Mount Rose it leads us of a hilarious trip about how far somebody will go to get her daughter to win the pageant. Be warned though this is a black comedy and it could insult a few people but treat is as fun, which is what it is meant to be and you'll have a great time watching it. It has an anorexic ex teen beauty queen (her comeback miming of 'Don’t Cry Out Loud' is sick but hilarious). A retard son who is a bit 'active' and a pervert judge who cant help but carry a camcorder to tape the girls. The film is paced at the right speed, bringing in new characters along the way. Although the ending may seem unnecessary to some people because, essentially, it breaks into new ground. However it does have its moments. Ellen Barkin plays Amber's mother brilliantly and herself and her friend Loretta really add some great moments to the film. Dunst and Richard's, among the other girls competing are also well acted. Drop Dead Gorgeous was one of the missed hits at the cinema but buy it and you won’t regret it at all.
Kirstie Alley is the pageant director, who happens to have a daughter who would like to compete. This family is extremely wealthy and is the biggest family in our setting, Mount Rose. Alley finds that a way out of her small, uncommon town is through her daughter winning the "Mount Rose Beauty Pageant", leading her to a new life heading toward the "American Teen Princess Life". So, she will stop at nothing to see her daughter reign victorious.But, among the other competition is a special young girl, Kirsten Dunst, who also has a dream of leaving her home town. Her mother, a raging alcoholic, has had past experiences with pageants and urges her daughter to do the best she can. Along Dunst's side is her lovely friend Loretta who only wants her to be happy and is constantly looking for love. So far, this might sound like a drama, but you haven't heard the best of it.Among the contestants is a tom-boy farm girl who exceeds at anything and everything who is killed of in the first 20 minutes.Another is a young chearleader who wants her boyfriend to care more for her. And then a New York fanatic who has a brother who is gay. And then there are the judges: An obese, shy store owner with a retarded son. A pharmacist who is a perverted teen sex freak. A shy girl who works at Kirstie Alley's husband's store. Kirstie Alley, Ellen Barkin and Denise Richards are very well casted and, it must be repeated, are outstanding. So, if you want to have a good laugh AND something to think about, you definitively have to see DROP DEAD GORGEOUS
In a small Minnesota town, the local beuty pageant is about to become a real killer of an event. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, and Kirstie Alley.