5.3/10
1,514
12 user 20 critic

Beautiful (2009)

After another teenager disappears from the idyllic suburb of Sunshine Hills, Suzy, the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel, a fourteen-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the truth.

Director:

Writer:

Reviews

On Disc

at Amazon

1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Dutch Kills (2015)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.9/10 X  

A desperate ex-con is forced to gather his old crew for one last job to pay off his sister's debt to a dangerous local criminal.

Director: Joseph Mazzella
Stars: R.L. Mann, Tama Filianga, Mikaal Bates
Naked Jane (1995)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Apathy and depression keep a young, would-be writer from bringing her relationship and her life into focus.

Director: Linda Kandel
Stars: Michelle Bronson, Laura Burnett, Catherine Chambaret
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Comprised of fifteen vignettes of varying lengths, The Sadness of Sex (1998) is about love, but more specifically about the phases of courtship that lead to the inevitable break-up.

Director: Rupert Wainwright
Stars: Barry Yourgrau, Peta Wilson, Barbara Baumann
Loser (1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

23 year old Jame Dean Ray is a small time drug dealer bent on self destruction. The product of a broken home, Jimmy refuses help from those around him and spends his final hours hanging out... See full summary »

Director: Kirk Harris
Stars: Kirk Harris, Jonathon Chaus, Norman Saleet
Beautiful (2000)
Drama | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

Mona sacrifices everything, including family, in pursuit of a beauty pageant victory. Her friend Ruby helps her to an amazing degree.

Director: Sally Field
Stars: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams
False Pretenses (TV Movie 2004)
Thriller | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Randal 'Randy' Ackers looses his family savings and the company's reserve funds in an 'easy profit scheme' and commits suicide. His widow Dianne hopes to build a new life in California but ... See full summary »

Director: Jason Hreno
Stars: Peta Wilson, Stewart Bick, Melanie Nicholls-King
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Michael Ironside headlines the cast as Jack, a Denver cop investigating the case of a murdered army sergeant. Things heat up when we learn that the death may be linked to a massive weapons ... See full summary »

Director: David Winning
Stars: Michael Ironside, Currie Graham, Frederic Forrest
La Femme Nikita (1997–2001)
Action | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Section One, a clandestine anti-terrorist organization, fakes the death of a jailed, convicted murderer and, believing her twin assets of beauty and ability to kill will make her a valuable... See full summary »

Stars: Peta Wilson, Don Francks, Eugene Robert Glazer
Momentum I (2015)
Action | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Alex, a mysterious thief, is pulled in by her former partner for one last heist. She quickly finds it was never just about the diamonds. A brutal murder sparks a cat and mouse chase between... See full summary »

Director: Stephen S. Campanelli
Stars: Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy, Morgan Freeman
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
Mrs. Thomson
...
Sherrie
...
Alan
...
Jennifer
...
Frank
...
Danny
...
Suzy (as Tahyna Tozzi)
...
Max
Laura Trevor ...
Amanda Howatt
Joe Meldrum ...
Boy Playing Cricket
Corey Boutwell ...
Boy Playing Cricket
Nat Nilson ...
Boy Playing Cricket
Ben Cosh ...
Boy Playing Cricket
Harris Goudas ...
Boy Playing Cricket
Jess Bosisto ...
Girl on Roller Skates

Comic-Con 2017: All Aboard the IMDboat

 | 

July 20 to 23, 2017

Get entertainment news, trailer drops, and photos with IMDb's coverage of 2017 San Diego Comic-Con featuring host and IMDboat captain Kevin Smith. Watch our exclusive celebrity interviews, and tune in to our LIVE show from 3:30 to 5 p.m. PDT on Saturday, July 22.

Browse Our Guide to Comic-Con

Edit

Storyline

After another teenager disappears from the idyllic suburb of Sunshine Hills, Suzy, the girl-next-door of every boy's dreams, persuades Daniel, a fourteen-year-old with an obsessive crush, to help her uncover the truth.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Get me some secrets

Genres:

Drama | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for disturbing violent content, sexual material, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

5 March 2009 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Belleza asesina  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The film's main poster is a homage to the Stanley Kubrick film Lolita (1962). See more »

Goofs

There is a scene with Danny loading film into his camera. Although we never see what speed the film is, when he takes the picture of Max (at night, under a streetlamp), the picture has fine-grain detail, in spite of Danny shooting with no flash, no tripod, and low light conditions. To get that clear a photo, he would have needed to use a low-speed film, which would require a tripod in low-light conditions. A high-speed film would have produced a photo with far more noticeable grain. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Suzy: When people visit Sunshine Hills, they comment on the beauty, and the serenity. What they don't talk about, is the real theater resides in our minds. I recall the exact moment that our fear was born. It started when the teenage girls in our neighborhood were being abducted. And number 46 - the *bad* house, with an equally dubious history of rape, and murder - very few tenants.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Beautiful Vision (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Engaging, atmospheric twisted tale
17 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Just want to write a quick note to combat the other comments on here a bit. First, this movie isn't TRYING to be "American Beauty" or "Donnie Darko" -- and it certainly isn't trying to be David Lynch. To compare this to any David Lynch film shows you don't understand Lynch at all.

This is an atmospheric thriller. No, the plot isn't ridiculously tangled and doesn't have countless twists, like many Hollywood thrillers that seem to feel obligated to throw dozens of red herrings at the audience so that they feel sufficiently fishy when they leave the theater.

But neither is this movie trying to be an over-the-top freakfest like a Lynch film. I love David Lynch's style and the effect his films have on me, but this is quite different.

This movie was slow and calculated, with plenty of scenes to build atmosphere -- and thereby deepen the sense of character and environment. No, every scene does not advance the plot. Yes, you can tell most of what's going to happen in advance.

But for a strange story about a demented youth for whom everything goes terribly wrong, I thought this was wonderful. All the actors are top-notch, and the cinematography is delightful.

A more accurate frame of reference than the above-mentioned movies would be "Heavenly Creatures," Peter Jackson's tale of the disturbed fantasy life of two girls that explodes into violence. I felt shades of that story throughout "Beautiful." If you want a fast-moving, keep-you-guessing thriller, don't look here. You'll be disappointed. But if you want to see a nicely shot, atmospheric tale that slowly spins out of control, this is well worth your time.


33 of 45 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?