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Drop Dead Gorgeous  

Gladys Leeman (Kirstie Alley)
Annette (Ellen Barkin)
Amber (Kirsten Dunst)
Becky Leeman (Denise Richards)
Lisa Swenson (Brittany Murphy)
Loretta (Allison Janey)

Directed by Michael Jean Patrick Written by Lona Williams
Rated PG-13 for crude humor, some sexual material, and language
Running Time: 97 minutes Distributed by New Line Cinema
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Drop Dead Gorgeous is a dumb comedy that tries but doesn't achieve with successful dark humor like Fargo or Serial Mom. The story follows a beauty pageant held in a little country town, Mount Rose, Minnesota. The film is shot like a documentary with the cameraman's point of view, along with interviews with the contestants, their parents, and the judges of the pageant. The two leading ladies are Amber (Dunst), a country trailer park girl whose hero is Diane Sawyer, and Becky (Richards), a rich and typical fake high school bitch who's high on herself. Both are highly persuaded by their mothers. Amber's mom Annette, (Barkin), is alcoholic trash that ends up with a beer can for a hand for most of the movie, while Becky's mom, Gladys (Alley), is totally obsessed with the pageant and will do anything to have her daughter win. The pageant brings out the greed within Becky and her mom, which makes Amber out to be the likable underdog. The writing in this film is something of a fresh dark comedy, but I didn't care for it. It was like a mix of other dark comedies thrown in a blender with a beauty pageant and documentary set as a backdrop. There are many characters here that I seen before. Such as Gladys, who is the almost the same character that Kathleen Turner portrayed in Serial Mom. The best character in the film was Loretta (Janey), she portrayed, a pure dumb, horny, middle-aged woman.

The acting by Kirsten Dunst was respectable, but I think she should choose better roles, maybe drama where her acting can really shine. Kirstie Alley and Ellen Barkin are decent as the two obsessive, stressed-out, middle-aged mothers. The worst acting was by Denise Richards, who just sucks. In my opinion, Denise Richards is one of the poorest actresses in Hollywood. The reason she is getting scripts is the same reason why Pamela Anderson Lee and Jenny McCarthy got scripts for a little while-their looks. Your looks do not make you a good actress. However, the best acting is by Allison Janey who plays Loretta. Janey is just so believable as the crazy character of Loretta. Janey has been mostly a supporting actress in Hollywood, and her previous credits include Primary Colors and 10 Things I Hate About You.

I just didn't like this film. It was something different with its documentary style direction, but I didn’t like the dark humor. I found it to be a runoff of other good dark comedies.

Report Card Grade: D

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