6.6/10
32,631
340 user 77 critic

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 23 July 1999 (USA)
Trailer
1:56 | Trailer
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Writer:

Lona Williams
Reviews
Popularity
3,409 ( 848)
2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kirsten Dunst ... Amber Atkins
Ellen Barkin ... Annette Atkins
Allison Janney ... Loretta
Denise Richards ... Rebecca 'Becky' Ann Leeman
Kirstie Alley ... Gladys Leeman
Sam McMurray ... Lester Leeman
Mindy Sterling ... Iris Clark
Brittany Murphy ... Lisa Swenson
Amy Adams ... Leslie Miller
Laurie A. Sinclair ... Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
Shannon Nelson ... Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning Tara Redepenning ... Molly Howard
Sarah Stewart ... Jenelle Betz
Alexandra Holden ... Mary Johanson
Brooke Elise Bushman ... Tammy Curry
Edit

Storyline

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle between the good and the bad is about to get ugly.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The giant cow statue is located at a creamery in Bongards, Minnesota. See more »

Goofs

During the opening number of the pageant, Michelle Johnson is wearing a "Hollywood" hat; near the end, she can be seen standing behind Amber Atkins with no hat at all. See more »

Quotes

Lars Larson: Amber!
Amber Atkins: [while working on Brett's corpse] If it's another stray bullet to the head, I'm gonna need more caps.
Lars Larson: You have to go home. There's some kind of emergency at the trailer park.
Amber Atkins: Relax, that's my ma's code for bring home milk and a carton of Lucky's.
Lars Larson: No, Loretta called; there's been a fire!
See more »

Crazy Credits

(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Everything's Coming Up Roses
Written by Jule Styne & Stephen Sondheim
Performed by Ethel Merman
Courtesy of Columbia Records
See more »

User Reviews

 
The best of the worst
2 October 2005 | by ggray-6See all my reviews

Quite bluntly, this film is stupid. However, it's a rare breed, one of those "good" "stupid movies". I've read some reviews criticizing this film for not accurately portraying Minnesota. Some viewers simply don't get it. This movie is supposed to be "stupid". It is not supposed to be some supremely accurate social depiction of small town Minnesota. It is a mockumentary and an intentionally absurd exaggeration. And it works like a charm. If you "get it", this will be one of the funniest movies you'll ever view. The actors are almost, top to bottom, perfect... especially the portrayals of Amber Atkins' mother and aunt, and the Vilmes father and son. I can see how certain viewers would absolutely abhor this seemingly inane, ridiculous film. But it is, truly, a phenomenally clever spoof on a competition many treat as life and death. In fact, it's almost frightening that there's a little more realism in this farce than most would like to admit. This film is simply a fabulous little spectacle.

Best line: "You are a good person. Good things happen to good people." "Really?" "No, it's pure bull____, sweetie. You're lucky as hell, so you might as well enjoy it."


75 of 88 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 340 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

Germany | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens See more »

Filming Locations:

Jordan, Minnesota, USA See more »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999

Gross USA:

$10,571,408

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$10,571,408
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page



Recently Viewed