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  • Actors: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Kathleen Turner, Leslie Stefanson
  • Directors: Sally Field
  • Writers: Jon Bernstein
  • Producers: B.J. Rack, Barry London, Beau Rogers, Brent Baum, David Forrest
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 20, 2001
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541TK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #73,199 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beautiful" on IMDb

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Headstrong Mona Hubbard (Minnie Driver) is a fiercely driven woman with only one goal: to capture the coveted "Miss American Miss" beauty award. Unloved as a child, Mona sees the pageant as a means of gaining the attention and adoration she's long felt missing from her life. She is aided in her quest by the one person who can stomach her domineering ways, childhood friend and consummate nurturer Ruby (Joey Lauren Adams). Mona also finds an unexpected supporter in her own, long-neglected daughter, Vanessa (Hallie Kate Eisenberg), who, as the pageant looms closer, finally makes Mona realize where love and acceptance can truly be found.

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I loved this movie since the first time i ever saw it and it was great to watch it with my girls.
Valerie
Joey Lauren Adams gives a consistently excellent performance as Mona's best friend and Vanessa's surrogate mother.
"flickjunkie"
Don't be fooled by what other people say, this movie touched me and I hope it will do the same for you!
Lisa Douglas

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Daniel J. Hamlow HALL OF FAME on July 10, 2004
Format: VHS Tape
Beautiful, adj. 1. Having beauty; delighting the senses and mind. 5. The ideal of beauty.
So says Webster, and given that, Mona Hibbard of Naperville, Illinois does not embody that quality on the inside. Mona has had a drive to be beautiful and from her pre-teen years, has worked hard, getting her teeth straightened, going to a grace school, and befriending Ruby, who has learned to sew from her grandmother. From watching beauty pageants on TV, she herself enters a beauty pageant and wins for best costume. The trouble is, her parents are far from supportive, and she herself shuts them out of her life. Her mother keeps saying she's getting aggravated from her behaviour, and even when Mona gets a consolation medal reading "participant," she merely says that she didn't get anything. On the other hand, the egocentric Mona's no angel either. She has a room with posters full of beauty pageant memorabilia, and a sign on the door reading "knock first" When her mother asks her if she wants some pizza, Mona refuses to answer because her mother didn't knock first.
Years later, Ruby and Mona are firm friends. Ruby and her grandmother still help make costumes for Mona, who still has the same dream, and will do anything to get it. In one scene smacking of black humour and slapstick, she sabotages a rival's equipment when that girl steals Mona's routine and is lucky enough to go first. This has grave ramifications later on, which I won't reveal. However, when Mona discovers she's pregnant, it's bad news, because women who are mothers or legal guardians are disqualified from entering the Miss American Miss competition. But she's so desperate to prove herself beautiful, she has Ruby pose as the mother of her child, a girl named Vanessa, while she becomes her own child's aunt.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Eileen Visconte on December 29, 2000
When this movie was first released in theaters, I honestly did not have much of an intrest for viewing it. But recently I did end up watching "Beautiful", and I really enjoyed it. I think this movie is the type where even though it may not be excellent, it's still worth the time to watch. "Beautiful" is a movie about a young girl who always dreamed of winning the title of "Miss America Miss". For most of her life, she tried to create her own beauty and win beauty contest. As a young girl, she meets Joey Lauren Adams' character who designs Minnie's character's dresses. They become best friends, and keep on competing in beauty contest as Minnie's character grows older. I would add more to the story, but I don't want to give everything away. The ending really brings the movie together, and even though some scenes may seem cheesy, it still turns out to be a nice movie. "Beautiful" is one of those sweet, funny, and cute movies girls gotta watch with their girl friends. It will make you laugh and cry lol.. and just have an enjoyable time for about an hour and a half.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 16, 2002
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"Beautiful" is definitely in my top 10 list of all time chick flicks. Why, you ask? A few reasons. 1. The movie has wonderful character development. We closely follow Mona (Minnie Driver) from being a struggling, yet insecure young girl up to where she is a struggling and even more insecure woman. Vanessa (Hallie Kate Eisenberg) has grown into a confident and emotionally secure young girl having had all of the loving and attention which Mona never had from her (Mona's) own mother. And Ruby (Joey Lauren Adams) ends up being the real "heroine" in the movie, raising Vanessa into a wonderful little girl and then, in effect being the understanding and caring "mother" to Mona to help Mona start to grow and mature emotionally. 2. The movie is well paced and has many tender moments, the most "tear-jerker" moment being the final hotel scene between Mona and Vanessa.
This movie should especially appeal to single parents (such as myself) who, for one reason or another had never had the opportunity to truly bond with their kids when they were young. My congratulations to Sally Field on an excellent movie!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By G. E. Williams VINE VOICE on May 11, 2007
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My wife (and our youngest) and I have enjoyed watching this cute film several times,(even though my wife was a pageant contestant all through her teens) this is a great film about self esteem, friendship, vanity, growing up and responsibility.

Minnie Driver is great as usual, and here we first learn of her considerable vocal talents (by the way her CD " Everything in My Pocket"is a great singer song-writer album) and then there is the adorable "Pepsi Girl" Hailey Kate Eisenberg, who is spot on as the world wise (but unknowing) daughter.

This isn't a great movie, but it is a pretty good one. If you are looking for a nice movie about finding your place in the world, you should enjoy "Beautiful".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By "megs1234" on April 13, 2004
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I thought this movie was adorable! I loved the way it started out with Minnie Driver's character as a child- the endless amount of energy (and make-up and money!) the little girl put into her pageant efforts was hilarious!
The "Miss America Miss" pageant contestants were classic- it makes you realize just how ridiculous those things are!
Yes, it was cheesy and overly dramatic, definitely unrealistic, but it was clearly intended to be this way. This satire was also very sweet with the very young Hallie Kate stealing the show!
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