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The Buzz:

     Lights, camera… exploding swan? Not exactly what pops into someone’s head when it comes to a chick flick, but when a documentary crew comes to film the 50th anniversary of the Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant, they come face to face with the sharpened claws of girls aiming to be the winner. Stars like Kirstie Alley, Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Brittney Murphy, and many others play the wide variety of beauty queens and ruthless stage-moms in what starts out as a fun journey for the crown, which takes a sharp turn when the contestants start dropping like flies…

 

Life of the Party:

     The performances from each of the actors involved is a major strength - even the minor characters were warm and alive, each memorable in their own way. Each person brings an original richness to their character, with a personality that seems completely real, even for really outlandish characters, from a socially-awkward girl obsessed with dogs, to an Asian-American family that yearns to be all-American, to the point their adopted daughters’ talent portion is Country-Western line dancing. Even the documentary crew that films the movie-within-the-movie is entertaining, especially during the scene where “COPS” shows up and the different crews take a minute to introduce themselves.

     Another advantage is how this movie didn’t try to get all “mystery” in terms of mood. There were murders, but it didn’t derail from the basic plot of the beauty pageant and the personal stories of the people in Mount Rose. “Drop Dead Gorgeous” is definitely a dark comedy, but not really a completely dark one – it manages to mix the hilarious, the suspenseful, and the heartwarming in perfect balance.

 

Potential Hangovers:

     The quality of the characters is so good, that there were some characters who weren’t “mains” that I wanted to know more about and was disappointed to not see more of. These were the characters with interesting backstories, like Molly Howard, who was adopted by a Japanese family. The parents also have a birth daughter that is introduced when she walks into the room speaking Japanese; her father berates her for not speaking English.

     Another flaw is how quickly the movie wraps up after the first pageant scene - it was like “Bam bam bam! And done!” Not exactly a fatal flaw, but just something that bothered me personally because the movie left me wanting more. The final twist of the movie, though, is bittersweet, and it’s not that Amber was the real killer or some M. Night Shamalamalama twist like that.

 

The Vibe:

     People who will really enjoy this movie are those looking for surprising chick flicks that aren’t just for chicks, so this movie makes a great date-night movie. If you’re looking for Michael Bay-type explosions this won’t quite fit the bill, but the explosions it does have are just as surprising. Also, those looking for “cringe-worthy” humor moments will really enjoy certain parts. Of course, it’s a great girl’s night movie, too, sitting with a group of your favorite ladies, drinks flowing, and great amusement had by all. It’s a movie where the girls can laugh and say what they would have done instead, with lots of ‘Ohhh!’, ‘Bitch!’, and ‘What the hell?!’ moments. As a simple drinking game for this movie, take a drink/shot whenever “America” is mentioned somehow. You’ll either hate me for recommending that, or just forget about it by the end of the night.

 

Plus/Minus:

+Great movie to get drunk quickly to if you play ‘Drink whenever America is mentioned’

-Kind of wraps things up very fast towards the middle/end

+Amusing characters

-Not very much detail with some of the more ‘funny/amusing’ characters

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