Drop Dead Gorgeous

Drop Dead Gorgeous

DVD - 1999
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Told mockumentary style "Drop Dead Gorgeous" covers one small American town's preoccupation with its local beauty contest and the mom who will stop at nothing to see her little girl win.
Publisher: [United States] : New Line Video, 1999
Edition: Fullscreen or widescreen ed
ISBN: 9780780628304
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (97 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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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. ;)

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.)

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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