Drop Dead Gorgeous
Director: Michael Patrick Jann Run Time: 97 min. Format: 35mm Rating: PG 13 Release Year: 1999
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, Sam McMurray
The local boosters of Mount Rose, Minnesota proudly invites you to watch as their annual celebration of civic pride, wholesome achievement, teenage innocence and spirited camaraderie all go up in hilarious flames over the course of one vicious, nasty, back-stabbing beauty contest. A wickedly colorful, twisted comedy, Drop Dead Gorgeous probes the heart of a small Minnesota town where a teen beauty pageant has unleashed a fury of very unladylike behavior. Here in the hallowed American heartland — amidst the cow fields, pork sausage factories and Lutheran churches, going after the tiara is not just a fairy-tale dream: it’s all-out war. Everyone involved in the contest – mothers, daughters, boyfriends, perverts – knows only one thing counts and it isn’t talent, physical fitness, current events or sportsmanship. It’s being Number One, “yah, you betcha!” Because in Mount Rose, you win any way you can . . . or you die trying.