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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy | 23 July 1999 (USA)
A small town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

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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>

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

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

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23 July 1999 (USA)  »

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$10,000,000 (estimated)

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$3,986,269 (USA) (23 July 1999)

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£1,260,142 (UK) (1 October 1999)
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Trivia

Melissa Joan Hart auditioned for the role of Amber Atkins. See more »

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During the opening number of the pageant, Michelle Johnson is wearing a "Hollywood" hat; near the end, she can be seen standing behind Amber Atkins with no hat at all. See more »

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Amber Atkins: Oh yeah. Guys get out of Mount Rose all the time on hockey scholarships... or prison.
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(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 »

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Spoofs America's Junior Miss Pageant (1994) See more »

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Voices Of Spring
Written by Johann Strauss
Performed by Wiener Philharmoniker (as Wiener Philharmonic)
Conducted by Willi Boskovsky
Courtesy of Decca Record Company Limited/London
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The best of the worst
2 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Quite bluntly, this film is stupid. However, it's a rare breed, one of those "good" "stupid movies". I've read some reviews criticizing this film for not accurately portraying Minnesota. Some viewers simply don't get it. This movie is supposed to be "stupid". It is not supposed to be some supremely accurate social depiction of small town Minnesota. It is a mockumentary and an intentionally absurd exaggeration. And it works like a charm. If you "get it", this will be one of the funniest movies you'll ever view. The actors are almost, top to bottom, perfect... especially the portrayals of Amber Atkins' mother and aunt, and the Vilmes father and son. I can see how certain viewers would absolutely abhor this seemingly inane, ridiculous film. But it is, truly, a phenomenally clever spoof on a competition many treat as life and death. In fact, it's almost frightening that there's a little more realism in this farce than most would like to admit. This film is simply a fabulous little spectacle.

Best line: "You are a good person. Good things happen to good people." "Really?" "No, it's pure bull____, sweetie. You're lucky as hell, so you might as well enjoy it."


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