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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.
© 2000 Destination Films; Fogwood Films; Prosperity Pictures; Two Drivers Productions
Rotten Tomatoes® Score
Critics Consensus: Sally Field's directing debut suffers from an inconsistent tone, implausible script, and a protagonist that critics say is one of the most loathsome to come around in a long time.
Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut aims to say something "relevant" about American society's obsession with physical looks at the expense of "inner beauty" and moral integrity.
June 21, 2017
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Common Sense Says
Beautiful is just bad, sadly. Where's the plot?
What Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that the movie has occasional strong language and sexual references (mild by PG-13 standards, but still vivid). Mona cheats in the pageants, causing serious damage to another contestent's hand, without any remorse. Indeed the injured woman's bitterness is portrayed with as much callousness as though the screenwriter shared Mona's conviction that all that counts is winning. There is an out of wedlock pregnancy and a minor character commits suicide by taking pills.
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- Genre:Comedy, Drama
- Release Date:September 29, 2000
- Audio Format:5.1
- Screen Pass Eligible:Yes
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