MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 2,317 this week

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

 -  Comedy  -  23 July 1999 (USA)
6.5
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 24,670 users   Metascore: 28/100
Reviews: 317 user | 78 critic | 28 from Metacritic.com

A small town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Writer:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb Picks: August

IMDb's editors share the movies and TV shows they recommend for August 2014.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 32 titles
created 06 May 2011
 
a list of 48 titles
created 16 May 2012
 
a list of 21 titles
created 16 Feb 2013
 
a list of 30 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 47 titles
created 6 months ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Drop Dead Gorgeous.

User Polls

1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dick (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Story of two girls who wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In the 1960s, a group of friends at an all girls school learn that their school is going to be combined with a nearby all boys school. They concoct a plan to save their school while dealing with everyday problems along the way.

Director: Sarah Kernochan
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Lynn Redgrave, Gaby Hoffmann
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two women get into a lot of trouble when they go to their high school reunion and lie about their lives after twelfth grade.

Director: David Mirkin
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo
Best in Show (2000)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

A colorful array of characters competes at a national dog show.

Director: Christopher Guest
Stars: Fred Willard, Eugene Levy, Catherine O'Hara
The Producers (1967)
Comedy | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Producers Max Bialystock and Leo Bloom make money by producing a sure-fire flop.

Director: Mel Brooks
Stars: Zero Mostel, Gene Wilder, Dick Shawn
Life of Brian (1979)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

Brian is born on the original Christmas, in the stable next door. He spends his life being mistaken for a messiah.

Director: Terry Jones
Stars: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Michael Palin
Documentary | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Monty Python troupe perform a combination of classic sketches and new material at the Hollywood Bowl.

Directors: Terry Hughes, Ian MacNaughton
Stars: John Cleese, Michael Palin, Eric Idle
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When a blonde sorority queen is dumped by her boyfriend, she decides to follow him to law school to get him back and, once there, learns she has more legal savvy than she ever imagined.

Director: Robert Luketic
Stars: Reese Witherspoon, Luke Wilson, Selma Blair
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

When two musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder
Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon
Bob Roberts (1992)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A right-wing folk singer becomes a corrupt politician and runs a crooked election campaign. Only one independent muck-raking reporter is trying to stop him.

Director: Tim Robbins
Stars: Tim Robbins, Giancarlo Esposito, Alan Rickman
Old School (2003)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Three friends attempt to recapture their glory days by opening up a fraternity near their alma mater.

Director: Todd Phillips
Stars: Luke Wilson, Vince Vaughn, Will Ferrell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Each week, Pierre and his friends organize what is called as "un dîner de cons". Everyone brings the dumbest guy he could find as a guest. Pierre thinks his champ -François Pignon- will ... See full summary »

Director: Francis Veber
Stars: Thierry Lhermitte, Jacques Villeret, Francis Huster
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
...
Tara Redepenning ...
...
...
Brooke Elise Bushman ...
Edit

Storyline

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle between the good and the bad is bound to get ugly.

Genres:

Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

|

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$10,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£465,730 (UK) (17 September 1999)

Gross:

£1,260,142 (UK) (1 October 1999)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The town of Mount Rose is fictional and is a anagram of Rosemount, where screenwriter Lona Williams graduated from high school. However, all the other Minnesota cities mentioned in the film (such as Burnsville, Forest Lake and Pine City) are real cities in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metropolitan area. See more »

Goofs

The opening claims that "1995 Marked (sic) the fiftieth anniversary of the nation's oldest beauty contest..." The "Miss America Pageant" has been ongoing since 1921. See more »

Quotes

Becky Ann Leeman: [holding up a pistol] My mom gave me this 9-mil for my 13th birthday. Yeah. I'll always remember what she put on the card, "Jesus Loves Winners". That's why no matter what I do, I aim to win.
See more »

Crazy Credits

(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Soylent Green (1973) See more »

Soundtracks

Number One
Written by William Tyler
Performed by Lifeboy
Courtesy of Sire Records Group
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
An outrageous, deliciously bad-taste classic.
27 December 2004 | by (Northern Ireland) – See all my reviews

From the moment front-runner Tammy Curry (Brooke Bushman) is blown to pieces on her sabotaged tractor, it's clear this beauty pageant will be fought tooth and nail. And it ain't gonna be pretty.

In the small Midwest community of Mount Rose, Minnesota, the Sarah Rose Miss Teen Princess contest is into the final furlong. But for all the sugar-coated spoutings of world peace and harmony hairspray, it's a question of victory by any means necessary - as a roving documentary film crew discovers.

In the Blue Ribbon rhubarb pie corner is Becky Leeman (Richards, rich kid daughter of former winner and rabidly proud officiating beauty pageant President Gladys (Alley). And in the red, trailer-trash corner is morgue make-up artist Amber Atkins (Dunst), championed by her boozy mother Annette (Barkin) and her mother's morally suspect best friend Loretta (Janney).

Casting wise it's spot on, as Alley launches with smiley, viper spitefulness into a beacon of single-minded hypocrisy, and is well matched by Richards, even if she looks the least convincing high school teenager since Stockard Channing's Rizzo enrolled in Rydell High. Dunst meanwhile blossoms into a very accomplished actress, and - together with Barkin and Janney - claims most of the prize lines.

If there's a weakness it's that the mockumentary approach doesn't always work, and the film drags on a little too long after a seemingly natural conclusion. Still, the dark laughs are consistent, and the parody of middle America's bizarre beauty contest fixation is spiked with some jolting shock tactics - from the nurse-assisted wheelchair dance by the reigning anorexic crown holder to Richards' hilarious (not to mention blasphemous) love song for Jesus - but such blackness never obstructs rooting for Dunst's likable teen. An outrageous, deliciously bad-taste classic.

8/10


47 of 49 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I can't believe Amy Adams is in this! shelly_belly_64
How did you discover this film? raulmorte
Allison Janney mygooger
Why was Amber considered soooo much better? Miss_Georgia
Allison Janney was my favorite! dancer_9293
The 'Minnesota' accents devlacey1225
Discuss Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page