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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Kirstie Alley
  • Directors: Michael Patrick Jann
  • Writers: Lona Williams
  • Producers: Claire Rudnick Polstein, Donna Langley, Gavin Polone, Judy Hofflund, Lona Williams
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Warner
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Mar. 2000
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004SX61
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,614 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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This black comedy takes a satirical swipe at America's obsession with beauty. In smalltown Minnesota, two teenage girls become rivals in a beauty pageant. Amber (Kirsten Dunst) is the homely daughter of beer-swilling white trash Annette (Ellen Barkin). Becky (Denise Richards) is the spoiled daughter of Gladys (Kirstie Alley), a wealthy socialite. Both want to win, and, as their rivalry grows, so the bodies of their opponents begin to pile up with murderous regularity.


Subtle is not the word to describe Drop Dead Gorgeous, a mock documentary purporting to cover the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Teen America Beauty Pageant in Mount Rose, Minnesota. Ellen Barkin (Sea of Love) and Kirsten Dunst (Interview with a Vampire, Dick) are perfectly cast as a mother and daughter whose only ambition is to use the pageant to get out of their claustrophobic small-town lives. Opposing them are Denise Richards (Wild Things, Starship Troopers) and her mother, Kirstie Alley (Look Who's Talking), who just happens to be the pageant's organizer. The plot, which centres on contestants being murdered (mostly by flaming explosions), is clearly secondary to the backstage shenanigans and satirical portrayals of vanity, small-town corruption, and family dysfunction. There's not much suspense to the pageant itself, but Dunst is an endearing protagonist and along with the broad jokes are some excellent acting turns from the cast, particularly Barkin, Brittany Murphy (Clueless), Nora Dunn (a Saturday Night Live alumna), and the great character actress Allison Janney, who's played small roles in countless movies but finally gets a chance to shine as the supportive neighbour of Barkin and Dunst. In fact, for all the jokes and satirical jabs, in the end it's the characters' relationships that stay in your mind. As an added bonus, the soundtrack features a hard-rocking version of the theme from The Mary Tyler Moore Show, performed with cool aplomb by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts. --Bret Fetzer, --This text refers to the VHS edition of this video

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 8 Feb. 2004
Format: DVD
I am perfectly willing to argue that "Drop Dead Gorgeous" is the final part of the 1990s "Drop Dead" trilogy that began with 1991's "Drop Dead Fred" and included "1996's "Drop Dead Rock." Unlike most trilogies these films are done by different directors with entirely different characters. "Drop Dead Fred" was directed by Ate de Jong and had Phoebe Cates as a young woman who has to deal with a problematic imaginary childhood friend. "Drop Dead Rock" from director Adam Dubin was about a garage rock band that kidnaps a famous rock star. Then we have director Michael Patrick Jann's "Drop Dead Gorgeous," which is about the 50th anniversary of the nation's oldest beauty pageant, The Sarah Rose Cosemetics American Teen Princess Pageant. A documentary film crew was sent to the small Minnesota town of Mount Rose to commemorate this occasion, and "Drop Dead Gorgeous" tells of the path of death and destruction that the pageant left in its wake.
Written by Lona Williams, who apparently endured such pageants in her own past, "Drop Dead Gorgeous" takes great dead panned joy in skewering the contestants, their mothers, and the whole pageant process. Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley) is not only the chair of the local pageant, she is a former winner, and the mother of Becky Ann Leeman (Denise Richards), who is the favorite (they are the rich family in town, because of Leeman's Furniture). On the other end of the spectrum is Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst), who lives with her mother Annette (Ellen Barkin) in the trailer park, and has an afterschool job where she can practice her tapdancing talent, doing cosmetics at the local funeral home.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By sadovsky on 11 Mar. 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
i've loved this film since 1998. so much so, i've kept my vhs of it and plug in my vcr from time to time purely to watch it. i'm not sure why it never occurred to me before to get the DVD (nostalgia? something like that) but i'm glad i finally decided to take the plunge.

true black comedy, it makes an amazing companion piece to "best in show." i could watch the both of them back to back no matter my mood. it's really well written, superbly acted, and just all around hilarious.

in fact, i would go so far as to say it's the *most smartest* mockumentary i've ever seen.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lawyeraau HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 5 Nov. 2002
Format: DVD
This mock documentary is a spoof about a teenage beauty pageant. It centers around what purports to be the oldest such pageant in existence, the Mount Rose American Teen Pageant in Minnesota. Look for wonderful performances by Kirsten Dunst, as the pretty, but poor, girl who would be Queen, Ellen Barkin, as her trailer trash mom, Allison Janney, as their supportive and endearing neighbor, and last, but certainly not least, Kirstie Alley, with a priceless Minnesotan accent, who is nothing short of fabulous as the rich, maniacal, beauty pageant director who will stop at nothing to see her daughter, effectively played by Denise Richards, win the pageant.
It is a black comedy which centers around who will win this pageant. As it is a mock documentary, the camera enters into the lives of the front runners. It is a very funny spoof and a great parody of beauty pageants. As the pageant draws near, the front runners begin experiencing a series of calamities, and the body count begins to rise. It is totally irreverent and, at times, quite funny. Denise Richards' talent segment, in particular, is a riot.
Who will win this pageant? Watch the film and find out. You will not be disapoointed. You may even be surprised.
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I enjoy black comedies, but to my enormous surprise I didn't like most of this film. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS.

In 1995, Mount Rose, Minnesota is preparing for its annual beauty pageant. Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley), the main organiser of the pageant will stop at NOTHING in order to make certain that her daughter Rebecca (Denise Richards) wins. She also doesn't want Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst), daughter of her former nemesis Annette (Ellen Barkin), to win anything. But is she actually willing to commit murder?

The general idea for this film was great and a lot of talent was gathered, as other than the four actresses already mentioned we have here Brittany Murphy and Amy Adams (in one of her first roles). I was thrilled to see a comic study of small towns gossips, feuds and even hatreds coming to a boiling point during a beauty contest. But after the first ten minutes which are actually good, the film stops being funny - at least as far as my taste is concerned.

The reason why for me this thing didn't work is that the director, rather than making a satire, abandoned himself to the pure HATRED. And this HATRED is directed not only against the people the scenario designed as villains, but against this whole little American town in general. The more we go into the film, the more this sheer HATRED becomes disturbing. People in this little town are shown as being evil because they respect the flag, they go to church, they own guns, they are married and have children and, the worse crime of it all - they are almost all white and so appallingly heterosexual... Gosh, how disgusting - let's then spill as much venom on them as possible.

I must also say that this film seems to be a kind of copy (remake?
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