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Beautiful (2000)

PG-13 | | Drama, Comedy | 29 September 2000 (USA)
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Mona sacrifices everything, including family, in pursuit of a beauty pageant victory. Her friend Ruby helps her to an amazing degree.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Joyce Parkins
Lorna Larkin (as Bridgette L. Wilson)
Wanda Love
Lance DeSalvo
Miss American Miss Host
Nedra Hibbard
Mona at 12
Jacqueline Steiger ...
Ruby at 12
Sylvia Short ...
Herta Ware ...


Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life... On her journey to become the next Miss American Miss, a young woman is forced to reevaluate her life's goal and, in the process, discovers what's really important and what it truly means to be... Beautiful. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life.


Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 September 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Mais Bela  »

Box Office


$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$1,409,433 (USA) (29 September 2000)


$3,060,963 (USA) (20 October 2000)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Film debut of Shawn Christian. See more »


There is no "Naperville County" in Illinois. Naperville is in DuPage and Will counties. See more »


Vanessa: Everybody's staring at us.
Mona Hibbard: Yeah, 'cause I'm pretty!
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Referenced in The Zack Files: Photo Double (2001) See more »


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Don't believe the reviews!
1 October 2000 | by (Philadelphia, PA) – See all my reviews

The contrast between the newspaper reviewers--who clobbered "Beautiful"--and its generally favorable bulletin board comments is extreme. The movie I saw is funny, entertaining, and has something thoughtful to add to discussion of gender politics, as well as to the various earlier films about beauty pageants.

"Beautiful" asks whether or not it is OK to continue having beauty pageants, and yet drop the requirement that the participants have refrained from motherhood, thereby straying from the pageants' vestal virgin ceremony origins. "Beautiful" answers in the affirmative, since that way pageants may yet have value in the personal development and empowerment of young women. If they are done with a little common sense, pageants need not be about objectifying or patronizing women

Apparently, that view was too politically incorrect for most big media critics. How would they have reviewed "Beautiful," had it been directed by Robert Altman instead of Sally Field?

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