September 29th, 2000



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Kathleen Turner stars as Verna ChickleThe competitionVanessa & RubyHallie Kate Eisenberg stars as VanessaStill of Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg and Bridgette Wilson-Sampras in BeautifulJoey Lauren Adams stars as Ruby

Mona sacrifices everything, including family, in pursuit of a beauty pageant victory. Her friend Ruby helps her to an amazing degree.

Release Year: 2000

Rating: 4.7/10 (2,371 voted)

Critic's Score: 23/100

Director: Sally Field

Stars: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams

Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life... On her journey to become the next Miss American Miss, a young woman is forced to reevaluate her life's goal and, in the process, discovers what's really important and what it truly means to be... Beautiful.

Minnie Driver - Mona Hibbard
Joey Lauren Adams - Ruby
Hallie Kate Eisenberg - Vanessa
Kathleen Turner - Verna Chickle
Leslie Stefanson - Joyce Parkins
Bridgette Wilson-Sampras - Lorna Larkin, Miss Texas (as Bridgette L. Wilson)
Kathleen Robertson - Wanda Love, Miss Tennessee
Michael McKean - Lance DeSalvo
Gary Collins - Miss American Miss Host
Linda Hart - Nedra Hibbard
Brent Briscoe - Lurdy
Colleen Rennison - Mona at 12
Jacqueline Steiger - Ruby at 12
Sylvia Short - Alberta
Herta Ware - Clara

Taglines: Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life.

Release Date: 29 September 2000

Filming Locations: Los Angeles Center Studios - 450 S. Bixel Street, Downtown, Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office Details

Budget: $9,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $1,409,433 (USA) (1 October 2000) (646 Screens)

Gross: $3,060,963 (USA) (22 October 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

Bridgette Wilson-Sampras who plays Miss Texas was actually once Miss Teen USA.

Errors in geography: There is no "Naperville County" in Illinois. Naperville is in DuPage and Will counties.

Vanessa: I just wanna know where I belong.
Mona Hibbard: You belong in the family box.

User Review

A nice light entertainment

Rating: 7/10

This movie is better than its reviews. It does wander a bit in the second half, but engaging performances make it worth watching. Minnie Driver is well chosen- attractive , but human. Joey Lauren Adams steals the movie. Not about to change your life ( not a " message movie"), but does subtly make some nice points about beauty and beauty contests, families, friendship and self-esteem.


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