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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)

Company Credits

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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 »


Ruby at 12: I don't have any lemonade, but do you want my orange?
Mona at 12: Nah, I'm on a diet.
Ruby at 12: Well, whatever I've got, it's yours.
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Referenced in The Zack Files: Photo Double (2001) See more »


I'm Every Woman
Written by Nick Ashford (as Nickolas Ashford) and Valerie Simpson
Performed by cast
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Dull moments, but overall an inspiring movie
14 April 2003 | by (Cambridge, UK) – See all my reviews

For a great deal of the film my eyes did wander around as it is not the most riveting of film experiences; however, the ending was worthy of a standing ovation and tears.

Throughout the story, I found myself wondering whether I should sympathise with Mona, a woman with such a desire to win that she selfishly sabotages fellow contestants and locks her own daughter out of her life. On the other hand, I was able to relate to the story of a woman who strove to be the best only to falter and be dragged down by peers. In a sense, Mona is to be applauded for her determination to shine through a life of failure and loneliness - a true testament to the feats that can be achieved though hard work. Naturally, giving up her child to selfishly pursue a vain dream is almost despicable but it makes the triumphant ending ever so much more inspiring, that this confused human being triumphs not only over adversity to be crowned Miss American Miss, but more importantly, that she conquers her own self-centred frailties to realise the joy to be found in loving the beautiful gift of life she already possesses.

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