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Forever Fabulous (1999)

Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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Loreli Daly
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Corinne Daly
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Tiffany Dawl
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Adam
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Miss Vi Ambrose
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Liz Guild
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Lyle Devereaux Green
Jan Cobler ...
PTA Mother / Ned's Bartender
Bridgit Dengel ...
PTA Mother
Francesca Hilton ...
PTA Mother
Karen Moline ...
PTA Mother
Smith Wordes ...
PTA Mom
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Gene Mercer ...
Ned
Yardenna Hurvitz ...
Ned's Waitress
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Beauty queen road trip about mother and daughter pageant pros going back home to Texas for a shot a redemption.

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Beauty fades, but fabulous is forever! See more »

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7 October 1999 (USA)  »

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The script evolved from a planned but never-filmed short called "Feminist Warriors" (which was loosely based on the JonBenét Ramsey murder) and was slated to star Jean Smart, Cathy Moriarty and Suzanne Pleshette. The script underwent a massive rewrite and, in the end, only Smart stayed with the project. See more »

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Corinne's vodka bottle switches from her right hand to her left as she recaps it. See more »

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Corinne Daly: Don't get me wrong, Loreli wasn't a bad mother. She just felt that giving birth to me had ruined her chances of ever looking good in a swimsuit again.
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Lookin' for Love
Written by Hank Hunter and Stan Vincent
Performed by Jean Smart
Published by EMI Longitude Music
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"Forever" is Fabulous!
8 September 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

It's my understanding that the production of this film was nightmarish for a lot of reasons that I won't bother to go into. Unlike many other films with those types of problems, it certainly doesn't show on screen here. Jean Smart and Jennifer Elise Cox (who costarred together in the first "Brady Bunch" movie) play off each other well. Smart, the domineering Jacquelyn-Suzanne-obsessed mother, feels as if she could really be the mother of ditzy sequin-loving Cox. In fact, everyone in this film seem to click together as if they've known each other their whole lives, which make the slow-moving film far more interesting.

While I like all the performances, I have to brag about Jean Smart. It seems like she was born to play this character -- a culmination of nearly every character she's ever played -- she has Charlene Frasier's accent (from "Designing Women"), Chelsea Steven's obsessiveness (from "Style and Substance"), Ellie Walker's flamboyance (from "High Society"), and Aileen Wurnos's rage (from "Overkill"). When the film begins, it seems Smart's second banana to Cox, but as the film progresses, Smart blossoms and takes center stage.

The version that I saw (though it's probably been re-edited since then) was a bit uneven. While totally enjoyable, I left the film feeling like there was something missing -- though that probably stems from the behind-the-scenes problems. Smart is supposed to have this big mystery surrounding her departure from Texas, but once we learn why she left Texas, it feels like there should have been more to it. There were a few other scenes that felt incomplete, like either a scene was cut (or never shot), but that's a small gripe about a fabulous film that I would love to watch over and over again -- if it ever gets released on video or TV. And hopefully it will one of these years. . . reportedly Lifetime Movie Network is supposed to air it soon (if only they'd play it on a network that's actually on my cable system).


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