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Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Kirsten Dunst , Denise Richards , Michael Patrick Jann  |  PG-13 |  DVD
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Allison Janney, Kirstie Alley
  • Directors: Michael Patrick Jann
  • Writers: Lona Williams
  • Producers: Claire Rudnick Polstein, Donna Langley, Gavin Polone, Judy Hofflund, Lona Williams
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: December 14, 1999
  • Run Time: 97 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (273 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780628306
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,611 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Drop Dead Gorgeous" on IMDb

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  • DVD-ROM Features: Script-to-screen screenplay access

Editorial Reviews

A mockumentary about a vicious competition between two contestants in a rural Minnesota beauty pageant. While the two girls prepare for the contest their mothers (an overbearing hairdresser and a civic-minded matriarch) decide they will stop at nothing to help each one's respective child win the contest.Running Time: 98 min.System Requirements:Starring: Kirstie Alley Ellen Barkin Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards. Directed By: Michael Patrick Jann. Running Time: 98 Min. Color. This film is presented in both "Widescreen" and "Standard" formats. Copyright 2001 Warner Home Video.Format: DVD MOVIE Genre: COMEDY Rating: PG-13 UPC: 794043492723

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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Unexpected, Immoral, Unequal November 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Having seen the previews during a lazy summer, I figured it would be fun to take my girlfriend and her little sister to a cute little movie spoofing beauty padgeants. Never in my life have I laughed so hard in the theater. I could barely stay in my seat. The twisted, dark comedy was absolutely unexpected, ruthless, undaunting and hilarious. For those of you who are familiar with the state, the Minnesota jokes are right-on-target. The mentally-challenged mocking was tasteless, crude and offensive, but all those of us who saw it know it was funnier than hell. Any of you who have a taste for black comedy and don't take life too seriously should see this movie. I promise you will be pleasently surprised.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Funny! June 22, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
Okay, this one is out there for anybody who likes their humor on the darkside! Murderous beauty queens, lecherous judges, catfights in bras, trailers exploding -- John Waters territory to be sure. Infact I could see Divine playing a mother in this movie but I digress. It's a good movie even though the humor is a little low and tasteless. Ellen Barkin and Kirstie Alley both play mothers, and Kirsten Dunst and Denise Richards play their respective daughters. Both girls are vying for the Miss Sara Rose Teen Princess title in their small Minnesota town. The conceit here is that a documentary film crew shows up to record the event, and some not-so-mysterious murders begin taking place. In addition to the competition's body count piling up, the pageant itself is a complete parody of everything you've ever feared beauty pageants could be like. Nothing is spared -- not eating disorders, the handicapped, or even religion. The flaw is there is so much it often seems to go off in a lot of directions. But maybe that is part of the movie's charm! It's all over the map -- funny and gross with some good messages in there about self-esteem if you look deep enough. Definitely a worthy addition to your collection.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DROP DEAD GORGEOUS DELIVERS... October 13, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
This mock documentary is a spoof about a teenage beauty pageant. It centers around what purports to be the oldest such pageant in existence, the Mount Rose American Teen Pageant in Minnesota. Look for wonderful performances by Kirsten Dunst, as the pretty, but poor, girl who would be Queen, Ellen Barkin, as her trailer trash mom, Allison Janney, as their supportive and endearing neighbor, and last, but certainly not least, Kirstie Alley, with a priceless Minnesotan accent, who is nothing short of fabulous as the rich, maniacal, beauty pageant director who will stop at nothing to see her daughter, effectively played by Denise Richards, win the pageant.
It is a black comedy which centers around who will win this pageant. As it is a mock documentary, the camera enters into the lives of the front runners. It is a very funny spoof and a great parody of pageants. As the pageant draws near, the front runners begin experiencing a series of calamities, and the body count begins to rise. It is totally irreverent and, at times, quite funny. Denise Richards' talent segment, in particular, is a riot.
Who will win this pageant? Watch the film and find out. You will not be disapoointed. You may even be surprised.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT MOVIE! February 8, 2000
I must say when I first watched this I couldn't stop laughing, the movie is definately well worth it. It's very well made, mocumentary style like the blair witch project, its very clever and extrememly well cast. DDG is a lot of fun to watch, especially since it focuses on America's obssesion with beauty pageants. I loved Kirstie's silly little accent and Ellen Barkin is quite a comic genius. Kirsten Dunst has blossomed a lot since interview with a vamp and gives an enjoyable performance. Also cudos to Denise Richards for looking so damn fine and for that Jesus love song, probably the funniest scene in the whole movie. The only reason the dvd got 4 stars was because I was disapointed for it not having a lot of extras, just the trailer. BUT its still worth the money!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Drop Dead Fantastic ! December 6, 1999
This is undoubtedley one of the best films of this year. The jokes are sharp and witty, the plot is original and complex, the cast are magnificent, particularly Kirsten Dunst (Dick, Interview With the vampire, Little Women), they all have a wonderful rapport, and they play off each other. Kirstie Alley sparkles in her best role to date, as the organiser of the paegent. See this film in the cinema, see it on video, see it on DVD, but SEE IT !
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4.0 out of 5 stars Seriously Funny December 13, 1999
By Alyson
You know all of the people in this movie. That's what makes it so hilarious. It's easy to associate to all of the characters because you deal with people just like them every day of your life. Allison Janney, Ellen Barkin and Kirsten Dunst all give fabulously hilarious performances. I forced all of my friends to see this movie, even bought them the tickets. Everyone was glad for my bossiness, calling it a terrific moive!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Killer comedy July 15, 2000
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I decided to see this movie because I'm a fan of Kirsten Dunst, and boy, did I find a great film. When I heard that it was a beauty pageant satire, I thought, oh great--a satire is one of those smart movies that makes you think, isn't it? ;) Well, this film is definitely a satire, done in a documentary style. It's about a small town beauty pageant, and I can't stress how funny this film is. The characters--from the dog-lover to the girl who thinks she's great at sign language to Tammy Curry, the unfortunate Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club president--are bound to remind you of people you know in real life. The honest portrayal of realistic (though usually wacky) characters is one of the reasons this movie is so funny. A few running jokes, like one pageant judge's denial of love for young girls and a judge's brother's, aka "The Retard", antics, grow old as they are done over and over. This film earns its rating due to some excessive, though mild, language and probably due to some somewhat graphic scenes involving meat processing and the after-effects of food poisoning. I give it five stars for being just so darned FUNNY! If you're a fan of Kirsten Dunst, Kirstie Alley, Denise Richards, Allison Janney, or any of the stars for that matter, you're bound to enjoy this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars movie
filthy, cheap production, falls miles short of original film
Published 9 days ago by Deborah L. Ulrich
2.0 out of 5 stars A case study in poetic justice - a black comedy about murders during a...
I love black comedies, but to my enormous surprise I didn't like most of this film. Below, more of my impressions, with some limited SPOILERS. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Darth Maciek
5.0 out of 5 stars Good comedy!!!
Good movie, really fun and different than what you would think!!
Published 23 days ago by Victoria Degnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasn't really aged at all
This is the funniest damn movie. Sort of surprised it's so hard to find. Great cast, both dark and light sense of humor, one of the first mockumentary films to come along in the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by RickDeckard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of my favorites.
Published 1 month ago by Erin
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great product
Published 1 month ago by Seminole Pete
1.0 out of 5 stars I was not satisfied with the DVD but it had nothing to do ...
I was not satisfied with the DVD but it had nothing to do with the seller I did not notice that it was not in English and didn't and when I received it it did not work in my DVD... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Matthew Sloan
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
European version of the film. We were unable to watch it.
Published 2 months ago by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Mount Rose Lives On
My favorite mocumentary of all-time. Boo that it's not on Blu Ray. Had to settle.
Published 2 months ago by Corey L. Perrine
5.0 out of 5 stars Too Bad for Those Who Didn't Get It!
Great comedy. It's a shame that so many people were ready not to like it. I love the "over the edge" nature of the film!!!!
Published 2 months ago by Rupert Kinnard
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