Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)


Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBB.5

USA/Germany, 1999.  New Line Cinema, Capella International, KC Medien.  Screenplay by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by Judy Hofflund, .  Music by .  Production Design by .  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by , .  

Hysterical black comedy about a beauty contest in a tiny town in Minnesota, where murdering fellow contestants is no big deal for ambitious wannabe crown-wearers. Told in mock-documentary style, the film features brilliant performances from  and  as trailer-park-dwelling mother and daughter who support each other through the ordeal of trying to win the contest, support they’ll need because they’re up against classy and rich  and her mother  (who is also the co-ordinator of the pageant).  Allison Janney shines in a supporting role as Barkin’s loud-mouthed best friend, and has some great moments as one of the other try-hards. Laughs from beginning to end, this one is very politically incorrect and loving it!

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