Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

DVD - 2016
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The Sarah Rose Princess America Pageant is a beauty contest to die for. And that's exactly what the contestants in Mount Rose, Minnesota are doing. Ever since the vivacious but vicious former beauty queen, Gladys, has been pushing her charm-challenged daughter, Rebecca, to win at all costs, the competition has been dropping like flies.
Publisher: [Burbank, California] : Warner Home Video, [2016]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (98 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
4 3/4 in.,burning
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anovitske
Jan 05, 2019

My whole family ABSOLUTELY LOVES this movie! It's a totally quotable mockumentary that we never tire of. I accidentally first saw it with friends at the Riverview Theater when it was in second-run phase (we thought we were going there to the first Austin Powers movie, but didn't realize the schedule changes every Friday) and we laughed all the way through it. It helped that the scene with the dog named Kenny totally tied to my friend Kenny who was at the movie with me and my own dog's breed - we laughed ourselves to tears! Looking back at the cast, it was a female-led film that might've been made a little before its time. I'll concede that it's not the greatest film ever made, but I consider it a B-movie classic.

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4536o
Jan 04, 2019

In a word: dreadful. If you are hoping for a clever, knowing satire like the Coens' Fargo, don't click on this pathetic flick. The only reason to watch is to see Amy Adams in her first (very brief) film role.

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Minnesinger
May 06, 2018

This is one of my faves, but then I grew up Lutheran in the Upper Midwest, and have a warped SOH. You can enjoy without being Lutheran as well!
Don't watch if you’re Fundamentalist though, or with anyone who is easily offended. There is one scene some will consider beyond the pale/in poor taste, but it isn’t mocking MN or Lutheranism or Christianity—it’s mocking the beauty pageant industry in America, especially the no-holds-barred ruthlessness of some mothers. (Kirsty Alley is perfect in this role!) Denise Richards is perfectly cast as her scheming daughter. Kirsten Dunst is the good girl from the wrong side of the tracks, her quintessential white/trailer trash mother played by Ellen Barkin. Amy Adams plays the floozy cheerleader—this is before she had achieved star status, because here she doesn't even get a mention in the credits, if I recall correctly. This is an older film, but still hysterically funny. (And for the record, there is no Lutheran girls’ gun club anywhere—as far as I know, anyway. ;)

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LauraSteinert
Nov 09, 2017

If you are one of the people who watch Miss America pageants to rag on their clothes, insult their figures, and wait in breathless anticipation for one of them to trip--this movie is for you. If you are not a troll, it probably isn't for you. (The point of setting it in a rural location is simply because if you aren't in Hollywood or New York, you must be a brainless hick.)

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MichelleinBallard
Jan 23, 2017

Hollywood's contempt for middle America is on full display in this film. DDG might be a good cultural entry point for any reckoning of why so many people in the American heartland states voted red in the last presidential election. That's not to say that red state culture is above criticism--it's not--but there's a big difference between respectful criticism (or, even, good-natured satire) and the venom served up in DDG.

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