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Mona Hibbard is determined to someday capture the top US crown. "Miss America Miss." She continually enters local events despite facing constant rejection. Her sole supporters are best friends Ruby and her daughter. Mona maneuvers her way up the pageant ladder, but the stakes are high.
Comedy - Older viewers and really devoted fans of star Minnie Driver and
director Sally Field have any chance of truly enjoying this maudlin
and unfunny comedy-drama. All other audiences are likely to be
Compared to what Beautiful foists on its audience, the most
sentimental made-for-TV production looks subtle. This movie has no grace
or charm; it's all manipulation. Nearly every scene is crafted
ham-fistedly, with the intent of generating an avalanche of tears and
goodwill at the end - goals that will only be achieved in the case of
lobotomized viewers who exhibit little discernment when it comes to motion
picture appreciation. The film doesn't know whether it wants to be a
satire, a sit-com, or a feel-good melodrama. Elements of all three are
mixed together in a blend that rapidly curdles. The only notable thing
about Beautiful is its extreme use of product placement. If the
movie offered better entertainment, I'd call this intrusive. As it is,
it's just another irritant.
The story of Mona Hibbard (Minnie Driver), a determined young woman from a dismal household, who finds an escape in her obsession with beauty pageants. Fiercely determined to someday capture the top US crown. "Miss America Miss," she continually enters local events despite facing constant rejection. Her sole supporters are best friend Ruby (Joey Lauren Adams) and Ruby's fiesty young daughter (Hallie Kate Eisenberg). Against all odds. Mona maneuvers her way up the pageant ladder, but the stakes are high and what threatens to unravel her lifelong goal may also be the very thing to liberate her from her unhappiness.