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At Theaters: 9/29/2000 On Video: 2/20/2001
Rated: PG-13 Length: 1 hr. 52 min.
Internet: Web Site Movie ID: 189901
Studio: Destination Films
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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.
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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 bored.
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Cast and Crew Heading
Minnie Driver PRINCESS MONONOKE, AN IDEAL HUSBAND, TARZAN
Hallie Kate Eisenberg
Joey Lauren Adams BIG DADDY, CHASING AMY
Kathleen Turner BABY GENIUSES, A SIMPLE WISH
Director: Sally Field
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Production Notes Heading
Not provided by studio.
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Content Heading
PROFANITY: Rare use of mild to strong profanity.
SEX/NUDITY: None.
VIOLENCE: None.
DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Some alcohol.
ACTION: None.
COMEDY: Slapstick, cute kid, and mild sex humor.
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Poor
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.

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Opinion Heading

Based on an Exit Polling of 54 Moviegoers

Ages Age Group
How
Many
Your Probability of
Enjoying This Movie
*
Would
Recommend
Movie To Friends
1-12Children (M/F)
7
Very High
100%
13-19Teens (F)
9
Fairly High
89%
20-29Yg Adults (F)
6
Fairly Low
67%
30+Adults (M)
7
About 50/50
43%
30+Adults (F)
25
Fairly High
80%
*Possible Ratings: Very High, High, Fairly High, About 50/50, Fairly Low, Low, Very Low.

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D ETAILED S TORYLINE
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.
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