October 8th, 1999



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Yet another SNL skit-turned movie. In this one, Molly Shannon plays nerdy Catholic schoolgirl, Mary Katherine Gallagher, who's dreaming of superstardom.

Release Year: 1999

Rating: 4.6/10 (9,360 voted)

Critic's Score: 42/100

Director: Bruce McCulloch

Stars: Molly Shannon, Will Ferrell, Elaine Hendrix

Orphan Mary Katherine Gallagher, an ugly duckling at St. Monica High School, has a dream: to be kissed soulfully. She decides she can realize this dream if she becomes a superstar, so her prayers, her fantasies, and her conversations with her only friend focus on achieving super-stardom. Her big chance is a school talent contest; her main competition is Evian, the school beauty, who is dancing with Sky, the object of Mary Katherine's kiss dream. Mary Katherine gets some talent-show help from her fellow special education students, her grandma, and Jesus, and inspiration from secrets in her past. Watching are Sky, Evian, and a silent classmate.

Writers: Molly Shannon, Steve Koren

Molly Shannon - Mary Katherine Gallagher
Will Ferrell - Sky Corrigan / Jesus
Elaine Hendrix - Evian
Harland Williams - Slater
Mark McKinney - Father Ritley
Glynis Johns - Grandma
Jason Blicker - Howard
Gerry Bamman - Father John
Emmy Laybourne - Helen
Jennifer Irwin - Maria
Rob Stefaniuk - Thomas
Natalie Radford - Autum
Karyn Dwyer - Summer
Tom Green - Dylan
Chuck Campbell - Owen

Taglines: Dare to dream.


Official Website: Paramount |

Release Date: 8 October 1999

Filming Locations: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Box Office Details

Budget: $14,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend: $8,912,743 (USA) (10 October 1999) (1943 Screens)

Gross: $30,628,981 (USA) (6 February 2000)

Technical Specs


Did You Know?

The name of the town in which they live, Besame Heights, means "Kiss me" in Spanish.

Continuity: After having the paint tipped on her, the amount on her face varies. It at first covers her whole face, then just her forehead, the her face is paint free.

Helen Lewengrub: What if they make fun of us?
Mary Katherine Gallagher: Okay, I just wanna say one thing to all of you. Don't listen to the names that people call you. If you believe in yourself, then nobody can hurt you. You are your own rainbow.
Maria Ganitisis: Wow. That's really insightful.
Mary Katherine Gallagher: That's from 'The Initiation Of Sarah' starring Miss Shelley Winters.
Maria Ganitisis: Yeah?
Howard Feinstein: Cool.

User Review

What the Shiznit?

Rating: 10/10

I have no idea what is wrong with all these lame-ass downers.... Don't listen to any other comments on this movie. Because obviously, non of them got it.... This movie has been on my top 10 funniest movies since the first time i saw it. My friends and I still gather on occasion and light a Lil something up while we laugh are asses of at this film. Molly Shannon is a Comedic Genius, and Will Farrell falls right behind... Buy this move right now, smoke some bongs, and get your fiends over to watch it with you, so that after its over, and your quoting the movie ever 5mins after, they know what the hell it is you're talking about. As for he rest of you.. WHY DON"T YOU GO DRINK A BOTTLE OF YOURSELF!


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