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Beautiful Girls [Blu-ray] (Get Three Selected Blu-ray Titles for £17*)

Matt Dillon , Timothy Hutton , Ted Demme    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Holly
  • Directors: Ted Demme
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Studiocanal
  • DVD Release Date: 31 Oct 2011
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005K7V4HG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,280 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



This town drama from Ted Demme centres on former classmates coming together for their 10-year reunion. Scott Rosenberg's (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) script thoughtfully passes over the usual grumblings of young adults who can't believe they still live in the same snowbound town. They accept--even welcome--their blue-collar jobs, whether ploughing snow or cutting hair. Willie (Timothy Hutton), the lone wanderer, returns to his listless house in a state of flux, the piano-bar circuit wearing thin as is his relationship with Tracy, a well-off attorney (Annabeth Gish). He isn't the only one with problems. Tommy (Matt Dillon) occasionally sleeps with his now-married high school sweetheart Darian (Lauren Holly) while the earnest Sharon (Mira Sorvino) is left to wait. Paul (another thick-headed role for Michael Rapaport) refuses to commit to Jan (Martha Plimpton) until it's too late. Paul is enamoured with the idea of the supermodel (the title's "beautiful girls") that, he believes, can make life perfect. It's a very satisfying comedy, with some forced poignancy (Willie's description of Tracy as a "seven and a half" comes off as a death sentence). Rosie O'Donnell's dissertation on why Playboy and Penthouse have ruined male expectations is much like Meg Ryan's orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally: it's hilarious, even memorable, but never wholly believable.

The two wild cards thrown into Beautiful Girls give the film its kick. Uma Thurman enters as the local barman's (Pruitt Taylor Vince) radiant cousin. From the big city, she can flirt with the awestruck guys and still keep her head. Willie's true emotional tug is from Marty, his precocious 13-year-old neighbour. If you didn't see Natalie Portman's sophisticated work in Leon, her performance here will come as a revelation. You deeply believe that Willie and Marty are connected despite their age difference. Their courtship will never come to be, but the way the two talk (and talk some more) about their lives is the most insightful part of Rosenberg's script. Everyone's so comfortable in his or her roles that you may truly feel sad when the film ends. --Doug Thomas,

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Piano player Willie Conway (Timothy Hutton) is considering settling down with his lawyer girlfriend Tracy (Annabeth Gish). He returns to his Massachusetts hometown to make up his mind, and meets up with old friends Tommy (Matt Dillon) and Paul (Michael Rapaport). They, too, have relationships to mull over, but group soul-searching is put on hold when they all fall for the same beautiful woman (Uma Thurman).

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
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Ted Demme's film is extremely warm, despite its snowbound landscape- more suited to Egoyan's 'The Sweet Herafter'. This film did squat at the box office, despite the fact that it has a wonderful script by Scott Rosenberg (Things to do in Denver when you're Dead, High Fidelity, Er, Con Air...)and a wonderful ensemble cast. Tim Hutton puts in the best performance of his career, Natalie Portman is beguiling in a reverse-Lolita role and Uma Thurman is simply angelic. Think 'Swingers' with a dash of Capra or 'My so-called Life'. Other plus points include The Afghan Whigs as the local bar band, an extremely amusing Neil Diamond singalong and a wonderfully slobbish Michael Rappaport- with his disturbing philosphy on women ("they're all sisters Wil. Leave it alone!"). If you liked 'Grosse Point Blank' or 'Swingers' this is as good. 'Beautiful Girls' may have been overlooked because its just too human- maybe a little old fashioned and it hasn't got cool pastiches of Scorsese or Tarantino- which may mean critical reassessment in the future when we're bored of all those 'I'm worried I might be homosexual, so here's some stylised-violence'films (think Guy Ritchie or parts of 'Grosse Point Blank'). The perfect film for the upcoming winter and an example of Hollywood at its most thoughtful. Really!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful girls, beautiful story 29 April 2002
By Jus
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Despite its rather suggestive title, this film is as sweet and innocent as the lovely Natalie Portman making snow angels.
There is, of course, a more substantial level to the film - leitmotivs of friendship, love and return to innocence feature strongly - which leave you with something more than feeling good about the world. Although the principles of good ol' hometown America are prevalent the feel of this film is anything but conventional, introducing us to the sometimes bizarre world of mid-west America. It's not uncomfortable, just different.
A truly lovely film that will help you appreciate your friends and their often brutal honesty....
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful girls......beautifully evocative 22 Aug 2002
By Pootle
Format:VHS Tape
I happily stumbled across 'Beautiful Girls' one evening on terrestrial TV and was at first captivated by the great cast. Timothy Hutton, Michael Rappaport, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman, Annabeth Gish and Martha Plimpton are all actors that have popped up in films that are not necessarily well known, but stretch back over my film watching history. It seemed fitting that they were playing in a film that mirrored the current stage of my life, albeit in a different place and lifestyle.
That is where Beautiful Girls hits the mark; it evokes universal feelings for time and place the way that Ang Lee's 'the ice storm' did for the bored married, or 'the Breakfast Club' did for the teen.
Its not a showy movie, but lulls you with well realised set pieces and dilemmas. Rosie O'Donnell's diatribe is fantastic, but it is Natalie Portman's astute turn as Marty that makes the film for me. You truly believe that Willie would fall for this smart 13 old - who wouldn't? She exudes intelligence and vitality and communicates with a man who 'was in 12th(?) grade when she was a zygote' on his level, reducing him to a nervous suitor at points with her wit. The Pooh and Christopher Robin reference is a poignant tool which the actors use to its full potential in this setting.
All in all, the film is a quiet pleasure, sketching the difficult, indifferent 20-something descisions of life - do you cling to your youth or move on to the next stage of life willingly? Ted Demme and cast do an admirable job.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Girls 2 May 2005
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This film is hilarious. So enjoyable. Lots of issues being brought to light without making each story line too heavy. Older man liking the very much younger girl, another girl dealing with an eating disorder as her boyfriend is having an affair with a married woman. The lives that have never changed when one man returns home from the city to try to analyse his life, and the breath of fresh air that is (apparantly) Uma Thurman, to a town of men who will never do anything but plough snow in their home town. A touching film with very amusing characters. I recommend a viewing.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming drama 23 May 2004
A heartwarming drama on the problems you face as you hit your late twenties in a smalltown American town. Top-notch performances from the ensemble cast, touching and funny at the same time. Watch out for the relationship between Timothy Hutton and Natalie Portman it's heartbreaking.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect 2 May 2007
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Having spent the best part of forty years watching hundreds of films on screen, tv and dvd, I`ve come to the slightly surprising conclusion that Beautiful Girls is quite possibly the one I enjoyed the most. It's a film about thwarted ambitions and trying to get the most out of life in small town America and, within this modest remit, it's just about perfect. The dialogue is smart and involving without being patronising or clichéd, and it is matched by some faultless ensemble acting from the cast The direction is so good you don't notice it, and I can't think of any higher praise than that. The only thing I can fault is the banal title, which was probably meant ironically but grates nonetheless. It's one of those priceless films that leaves you with a good feeling inside no matter how many times you watch it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Girls
I just love this movie. Well written, well observed and very well acted by every performer. Leaves the watcher with a hint of sadness
that real life is exactly like this -... Read more
Published 14 days ago by Val Rutherford
4.0 out of 5 stars The art of creating the right atmosphere
It's not the story, it's the characters, the words between the thoughts, the spare dialogues, the moments spent among friends, when you stop and reflect on the way youre life's... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Elleppi
4.0 out of 5 stars A fun film to watch.
If you like something a little bit different to the mainsream, then you'll like this. We call them 'slice of life movies'. A peek into othet peoples lives.
Published 15 months ago by Kevin
4.0 out of 5 stars "...Let's Walk Through This World Together..."

A should-be-doing-more-than-this-with-his-life William 'Willie' Conway (Timothy Hutton) takes a wad of crumpled... Read more
Published on 25 Dec 2011 by Mark Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Film
Simply love this film. Great feel to it. Great actors, good background track. I always tend to watch this in the winter!
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by Alun John
2.0 out of 5 stars Saccharine, but just about watchable
I watched this on a Saturday afternoon when I was too knackered to switch off the DVD player. It has its moments, with the rather morose piano-player and the old buddy interaction. Read more
Published on 5 Mar 2011 by William Cohen
5.0 out of 5 stars Utterly brilliant !
I can't believe this superb film is available for a measly 3 - talk about a bargain !
This is easily one of my all time faves , classic stuff and well worth taking a chance... Read more
Published on 6 Sep 2010 by Stevie Dal
3.0 out of 5 stars Snow White and the Seven Dorks
Beautiful Girls, a film released in 1996 and directed by the late Ted Demme, is a coming-of-age drama about small-town 'guys' slowly realising that they have to grow up and the... Read more
Published on 23 Mar 2010 by A.G.
3.0 out of 5 stars About as slow as a tractor!
I thought this movie was ok. For one, I was severly dissapointed that Uma thurman wasn't in it that much. She's in it for only 6 mins! What the hell's with that? Read more
Published on 22 Mar 2010 by Mr. Martyn R. Yates
5.0 out of 5 stars low budget - big emotions
It's a suburbian story revolving around a loving cast (Matt Dillon, Rosi o'Donnell, Uma Thurman, and Natalie Portman at her best)about a lost bygone youth and the question of 'What... Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2009 by Weyers, Natascha
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