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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
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


$9,000,000 (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?


Bridgette Wilson-Sampras who plays Miss Texas was actually once Miss Teen USA. See more »


There are references to there being 50 representatives in the pageant, however "Miss District of Columbia" is seen numerous times during the early stages of the pageant. See more »


Lorna Larkin: I'm Lorna Larkin, Miss Texas. I'm a magna cum laude graduate from the University of Texas with a double degree in genetic engineering and cosmetology.
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Referenced in The Zack Files: Photo Double (2001) See more »


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Written by Ernst Meinrath
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I would not recommend this movie...not even to rent
30 September 2000 | by (California) – See all my reviews

I was very disappointed in this did have small scenes that were okay...the last 1/3 of the movie improved. The best scene was when Minnie Driver sang in the pageant and of course when she finally bonded with her daughter..couldn't believe it took her seven years. Considering the way she was raised by her think she would have known better than to treat her daughter the way she was treated. Oh's not a perfect world!! Take lots of tissue for the ending..the napkins were a little hard on my face.

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