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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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Initial post: 27 Mar 2009 11:28:36 GMT
Dr. M. H. Tatham says:
I couldn't agree more. I've yet to find anyone else who has added Beautiful Girls as one of their favourite movies in their Facebook profile...... I think it suffered from underexposure, and yes, that awful title. It's one of those movies that appeals to the older generation. I'm 34, and this struck a real chord with me. I get the feeling that it requires empathy rather than analysis to truly appreciate, and because of the ages of the main characters, then anyone below the age of 17 will struggle to do that. Beautiful girls is one of those rare rare movies that just pleases in a largely intangible way. Almost a genre to itself.
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