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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

Director:

Ted Demme

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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1 win & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Tommy 'Birdman' Rowland
Noah Emmerich ... Michael 'Mo' Morris
Annabeth Gish ... Tracy Stover
Lauren Holly ... Darian Smalls
Timothy Hutton ... Willie Conway
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gina Barrisano
Max Perlich ... Kev
Martha Plimpton ... Jan
Natalie Portman ... Marty
Michael Rapaport ... Paul Kirkwood
Mira Sorvino ... Sharon Cassidy
Uma Thurman ... Andera
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
Anne Bobby ... Sarah Morris
Richard Bright ... Dick Conway
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Storyline

New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

good times never seemed so good

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brincando de Seduzir See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,597,759
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Company Credits

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Miramax,Woods Entertainment See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Fans of the cult band Ween will not hear the song "I'll Miss You" as it's only on the soundtrack album. See more »

Goofs

As Willie, Tommy, and Gina are exiting the drugstore (after her rant about guys unrealistic physical expectations of women) the signage of the store clearly reflects Valentine's Day season, while several times the movie shows it's Christmas season. See more »

Quotes

Paul: Supermodels are beautiful girls, Will. A beautiful girl can make you dizzy, like you've been drinking Jack and Coke all morning. She can make you feel high full of the single greatest commodity known to man - promise. Promise of a better day. Promise of a greater hope. Promise of a new tomorrow. This particular aura can be found in the gait of a beautiful girl. In her smile, in her soul, the way she makes every rotten little thing about life seem like it's going to be okay. The supermodels, ...
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Connections

Featured in The 74th Annual Academy Awards (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

I Ran
Written by Michael Score (as Mike Score), Frank Maudsley (as Francis Maudsley),
Paul Reynolds & Ali Score
Performed by A Flock of Seagulls
Courtesy of Jive Records
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Truly a classic
10 November 2004 | by eludeuSee all my reviews

This movie, made up of a dozen or so rising young stars (at the time anyway) is truly a classic. Lots of witty comedy, little bit of love, some twisted moments, everything you'd want out of a movie. It's neither a guy or a chick flick...kind of a mixture of both. Timothy Hutton was absolutely brilliant. Rosie O'Donell, though I despise her at times, has a brilliant feminist scene in which she puts Hutton and Dillon in their place. Uma Thurman, though a fairly limited role in the movie, is a stunning character, and her role ties the movie completely together, bridging the gap between the feminists and the vulgar men in the movie. A young Natalie Portman gets her career off to a great start as a very cute, very sophisticated 13 year old, who's witty charm is the icing on the cake. This movie is clearly in my top 10 all time...and is a must see!


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