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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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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Comedy | Drama | Romance

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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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Brincando de Seduzir  »

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$20,837,000 (USA)
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Uma Thurman and Natalie Portman would go on to star in comic book/superhero movies. Thurman in Batman & Robin and Portman in Thor (2011) and Thor: The Dark World (2013). See more »

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As Willie, Tommy, and Gina are exiting the drugstore (after her rant about guys unrealistic physical expectations of women) the signage of the store clearly reflects Valentine's Day season, while several times the movie shows it's Christmas season. See more »

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Sharon: Why is it when a relationship doesn't work, we say its because he can't commit? Don't I bear some of the blame here?
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References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

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I Got You
Written by Neil Finn
Performed by Split Enz
Courtesy of A&M Records, Inc./Mushroom Records Pty. Ltd.
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Beautifully crafted coming-of-age, slice-of-life drama
13 July 2006 | by (DeKalb, Illinois, United States) – See all my reviews

I found this one of those films that just has you saying, "yes! yes! yes!" throughout. All the requisite elements work together so well here, it views almost as a documentary. Art direction, costuming, sets, photography, direction, script, acting, editing - everyone deserved an award. It's as nearly flawless a film as i've seen. Young adults will resonate deeply to its themes, but all adults will find much to savor.

Demme deserves credit for infusing the potentially ho-hum tale of young grads gathering for their small-town high school reunion with a palpable tension that gives every development dramatic interest. Will violence erupt? Will some go to prison? Will lives be ruined? Will lovers truly find each other? How rich with dramatic possibility are the everyday moments of our lives! And how satisfying can be the rewards of just accepting the everyday prizes that come our way.


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