Beautiful

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Released 2009

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Director:
Sally Field
Released:
2009
Rating:
PG-13
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.

Metacritic Score

  • 50

    Los Angeles Times Kevin Thomas

    This film's wise and compassionate view is that, for many young women of limited opportunities, winning a beauty contest represents their best hope.

  • 20

    Variety Emanuel Levy

    There's no particular reason to see this disappointingly trivial picture on the bigscreen.

  • 10

    The New York Times Stephen Holden

    Teeters from a noisy sitcom (only one step removed from "The Beverly Hillbillies") to brickbat satire until it collapses in a pool of redemptive mush.

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