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5.0 out of 5 stars DROP DEAD HILARIOUS!, 29 May 2003
This review is from: Drop Dead Gorgeous [VHS] [1999] (VHS Tape)
Drop Dead Gorgeous is, in one word, fantastic. The film focuses on the Mount Rose Beauty Pageant in small-town Minnesota, and ultimately the girl who wins has one goal in site - being the Sara Lee Cosmetics Miss Teen America! This all sounds very sarcastic, but that is the tone of the entire film.
Kirsten Dunst plays Amber Atkins, a sweet as cherry-pie, all-American girl who evident from her almost alcoholic mother, played by Ellen Barkin, and her mum's best friend Loretta (the excellent Allison Janney). On the other hand, there's Becky Leeman (Denise Richards), spoilt brat daughter of Gladys (Kirstie Alley) and Lester (Sam McMurray - Chandler's old boss in 'Friends'). Add in a few other kooky competitors, Brittany Murphy for one, and let the contest begin!
The film has its laugh out loud moments, plenty of them, and a great cast. Denise Richards stands out, as does the actress who plays former Miss Mount Rose Mary Johansson. She is a riot, despite being a wheelchair bound anorexic - look out for her talent at the Mount Rose pageant. Scary. Richards' best scene is her talent slot in the contest - singing 'My Guy' whilst dancing with a fake Jesus on a cross. Brilliant. Also, look out for Mindy Sterling (Frau from Austin Powers) as Iris. Kirstie Alley, however, is the show-stopper here, turning in a magnificent performance as Gladys Leeman, self-proclaimed Queen of Mount Rouse.
So, if you like films such as Election and Clueless, don't hesitate to buy this. The bitchy one-liners and crude observations will stay with you for weeks after. And as the body count rises in the run up to the pageant, who is responsible... and who will triumph in the back-stabbing world of beauty pageants?
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