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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.

Director:

Sally Field

Writer:

Jon Bernstein
2 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Minnie Driver ... Mona Hibbard
Joey Lauren Adams ... Ruby
Hallie Eisenberg ... Vanessa (as Hallie Kate Eisenberg)
Kathleen Turner ... Verna Chickle
Leslie Stefanson ... Joyce Parkins
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras ... Lorna Larkin (as Bridgette L. Wilson)
Kathleen Robertson ... Wanda Love
Michael McKean ... Lance DeSalvo
Gary Collins ... Miss American Miss Host
Linda Hart ... Nedra Hibbard
Brent Briscoe ... Lurdy
Colleen Rennison ... Mona at 12
Jacqueline Steiger ... Ruby at 12
Sylvia Short Sylvia Short ... Alberta
Herta Ware Herta Ware ... Clara
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Storyline

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

Taglines:

Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life.

Genres:

Drama | Comedy

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for language and thematic elements | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA | UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Mais Bela See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,409,433, 1 October 2000, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$3,060,963, 22 October 2000
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

There is no town named Schramsburg in Illinois. See more »

Quotes

Vanessa: Everybody's staring at us.
Mona Hibbard: Yeah, 'cause I'm pretty!
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Connections

References Little House on the Prairie (1974) See more »

Soundtracks

DJ Risk vs. Airlock
Written by Ernst Meinrath
Performed by Airlock
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Touching and memorable...despite what the critics said
15 January 2001 | by ML368See all my reviews

I will agree that this movie is not perfect. But it did not deserve to be slaughtered by the critics. There are some genuine, touching moments in this film as well as some big laughs. Minnie Driver plays Mona, a beauty contestant who will do anything to win, including denying the fact that she has a young daughter which would automatically exclude her from the contest. When a bitchy reporter, played to perfection by Leslie Stefanson, threatens to expose her, Mona is forced to make a few decisions about what is really important. Yes, the ending was a bit corny, but I gave into it anyway, and was cheering right along. The scene with Mona and the other beauty contestant finalist in the sound proof booth was just terrific. I hope more people watch this movie on video than saw it in a theater because there is definitely a lot to recommend in this film.


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