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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

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New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by Huggo

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good times never seemed so good

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Rated R for strong language and nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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9 February 1996 (USA)  »

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$20,837,000 (USA)
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The movie was inspired by the experiences of screenwriter Scott Rosenberg when returning home to Needham, Massachusetts. During what he claimed was the worst winter for his hometown, he was waiting to see if his script Con Air (1997) was going to be produced and was getting fed up with writing action movies. Rosenberg cited that there was more action happening with his friends not wanting to accept that they were turning 30 or had commitment issues, which became the basis for Beautiful Girls (1996). See more »

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Paul's tie when deciding whether or not to go to the reunion. See more »

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Paul: [holds out ring box after proposing] Jan...
Jan: Paul...
Paul: [taps her shoulder with ring box] Jan!
Jan: [pushes his shoulder back] Paul!
Paul: Take the fuckin' ring!
Jan: Oh, that's romantic.
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Beautiful Find
10 November 2004 | by (Washington, DC) – See all my reviews

Channel surfing on a snowy day last winter, stumbled on this movie with an intriguing name: 'Beautiful Girls.' Found a terrific movie I had somehow missed when it came out. An incredible cast, great characters, sweet, funny, engaging, and good music to boot. I recently saved it on Tivo, and one of its many charms is that like a book you love, you can pick it up at any spot in the story and be engaged for 5-10-30 minutes or an hour, put it down, and pick it up again.

I keep telling my friends to rent it, but I think they are put off by the title –they expect some movie with Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, Natalie Portman, Lauren Holly, and Annabeth Gish to be something this movie isn't – an exploitative movie about 'beautiful girls' – when it is in fact a charming movie about how people move through life yet retain a sense of who they are if they can remember where they came from.


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