'Miss All American Beauty' tries very hard to be a critique on the beauty pageant world; but on that task they only half-way hit their target.
There's a lot of boring scenes where Sally, the winner of the Pageant, is in a room with Agatha, her 'mentor' if you like. There aren't enough scenes where anything of note happens. Sure, you get to see her crack under pressure, you get to see some weasel of a PR man try and break Sally, while at the same time trying to win her over. Then there's scenes where Sally's realtionship with her boyfriend Michael is seriously tested and you see her crazy schedule and the political-like focus groups and pre-written answers to questions.
But that's almost standard. Well, okay, maybe people weren't aware of that in the early 80's but it wouldn't seem like a hard conclusion. There are too many scenes that don't really add to the meaning or overall enjoyment of the movie. But, all that said, it is a decent attempt at what it is, a look at the effects of beauty pageants on young women, in this case the girl who wins. I guess I'd give it six out of ten for trying