. After that, the film starts to set its dark tone, with one of the girls being blown up, and is the tone that will be carried throughout the rest of the movie. Amber blames Becky and the two get into a catfight. Gladys Leeman's right-hand woman Isis Clark and Amber's best friend and fellow contestant Lisa Swenson pull them apart. The entire cast of this movie excels; it features a lot of small characters and each one plays their part to perfection.
Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. The acting was superb and everyone was funny, although I particularly enjoyed the actress who portrayed the model Sabrina. However, bloodshed is rarely present. Rebecca's tragic death and Gladys's antics leave Amber as the new pageant winner. Another example: One of the contestants has put herself on a 400-calorie-a-day diet and is a patient at a recovery center for anorexics. At the dress rehearsal, fellow contestant Jenelle Betz swaps numbers with Amber.
This is a great injustice; here we have a film that is extremely funny, well acted and actually has something to say. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. The movie takes place in Mount Rose, Minn. As Amber, Becky, and other local girls prepare for the big day, bizarre incidents occur, leading up to an ending with a bang. Advertisement Now there's an example of how a mental image can be funnier than a real one--how a screenplay can fail to translate. Sometimes I wonder how anyone could have thought a screenplay was funny enough to film. I looked everywhere and couldn't find it.
So glad I found it here! Allison Janney and Denise Richards in particular received praise for their performances from a number of critics. Some of the women may, too. I have never laughed so hard at so many deplorable people in my life. As the Leemans are the richest family in town, the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Amber then performs her tap-dance number to a standing ovation. The idea of devoting your life to running an event at which young women are judged on the basis of their beauty and personality--as evaluated in a game show format--gets creepier the more you think about it. However, unlike a lot of films of the same ilk; here, hidden behind a facade of teen beauty and all the other trademarks of the teen comedy genre, is an intelligently written, witty and very dark satire on the consumer society.
The grief-stricken Gladys flies into a blind rage and admits to having killed Tammy and to being responsible for all the attempts against Amber in the run-up to the pageant, and is immediately arrested. Some of the mothers are using their daughters as surrogate reminders of their own faded beauty. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. At the pageant, Amber's dance costume mysteriously goes missing. It effortlessly passes the Bechdel Test, and is a great satirical send-up of the documentary film process as well as the beauty pageant world. Many critics liked the modern interpretation of the pageant world although just as many people disliked the film as a whole. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all.
During the victory parade the next day, Rebecca is killed in a freak accident when the elaborate float made in , to save her father money on which she is riding explodes. During the six-hour police standoff, a television reporter doing a live report at the scene is hit by a stray bullet. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. I couldn't believe a movie with this many amazing actresses could be unavailable like that. If you want to laugh until you cry, buy this movie while it's still available. The film has gained new fans with time and is now regarded as a. You possibly smiled as you read about Annette's hand being fused to a beer can.
But the image of the charred can embedded in scarred flesh is not funny, and every time it turns up, it casts its little pall. The main acting plaudits come for Kirsten Dunst in the starring role of Amber Atkins. I'm glad I took a chance on this one. Amber decides to pull out of the pageant after her mother is injured in an explosion at their , but reconsiders and decides to compete to follow her dreams and make her mother proud. Some of the older men enjoy the proximity to nubile contestants.
I started watching it fully expecting to stop it after 10 or 15 min. In 2011, stated in an interview that she is approached by more fans of this film than for her Emmy-winning tenure on. Amber's other idol includes her beauty pageant mother who raised her alone in a trailer park and the previous year's winner who is hospitalized for. Amber Atkins is an optimistic teenager who signs up to compete in the pageant so she can follow in the footsteps of her idols, television news reporter , and Amber's mother, a former contestant. Despite everything, main rival but sweet Amber Atkins won't give up without a fight.
Amber works after school applying makeup to corpses at the mortuary, and lives with her mother, Annette Atkins , in a small trailer near their friend Loretta. It is longer than I remembered, however. News reporter is mentioned throughout the film as Kirsten Dunst's character Amber Atkins's as Sawyer was a former beauty pageant winner. After learning about the costume situation, Lisa then drops out of the pageant in order to give her own approved costume to Amber. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps; explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. No, because the concept, not the image, contains the joke. I sometimes wonder if anybody involved in beauty pageants at the administrative level is completely without motivations they would rather not discuss.