Beautiful

Beautiful
Beautiful
  • PG-13
  • 1h 52m
  • 2000
Rotten16%
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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

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Rotten16%
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.
Reviews
Variety
Emanuel Levy
Rotten

Flat, witless, and sappy (a very bad combo), Sally Field's embarrassing feature directorial debut...

June 21, 2017
Globe and Mail
Rotten

June 17, 2017
CNN.com
Paul Clinton (CNN.com)
Fresh

Focuses on one woman's heartfelt and funny journey in search of what beauty really means.

June 16, 2017
Film.com
Robert Horton
Rotten

This movie wants to have it both ways: to score points against beauty pageants and the cult of fem...

June 16, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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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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Additional Info

  • Genre:Comedy, Drama
  • Release Date:September 29, 2000
  • Highest Available for Purchase:HD

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