6.6/10
28,715
326 user 68 critic

Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

PG-13 | | Comedy, Romance, Thriller | 23 July 1999 (USA)
A small-town beauty pageant turns deadly as it becomes clear that someone will go to any lengths to win.

Writer:

Reviews
Popularity
2,555 ( 378)

On Disc

at Amazon

2 wins & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Sugar & Spice (2001)
Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A popular high-school cheerleader becomes pregnant by the star quarterback and turns to crime to support her desired lifestyle.

Director: Francine McDougall
Stars: Marla Sokoloff, Marley Shelton, Melissa George
Jawbreaker (1999)
Comedy | Crime | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Three of the most popular girls at Reagan High accidentally kill the prom queen with a jawbreaker when a kidnapping goes horribly wrong.

Director: Darren Stein
Stars: Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.

Director: David Mirkin
Stars: Mira Sorvino, Lisa Kudrow, Janeane Garofalo
Bring It On (2000)
Comedy | Romance | Sport
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A champion high school cheerleading squad discovers its previous captain stole all their best routines from an inner-city school and must scramble to compete at this year's championships.

Director: Peyton Reed
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jesse Bradford
Dick (1999)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Two girls wander away from a White House tour and meet President Nixon.

Director: Andrew Fleming
Stars: Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, Dan Hedaya
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Michelle Johnson (as Laurie Sinclair)
...
Tess Weinhaus
Tara Redepenning ...
Molly Howard
...
...
Brooke Elise Bushman ...
Edit

Storyline

In a small Minnesota town, the annual beauty pageant is being covered by a TV crew. Former winner Gladys Leeman wants to make sure her daughter follows in her footsteps. Explosions, falling lights, and trailer fires prove that. As the Leemans are the richest family in town the police are pretty relaxed about it all. Despite everything, main rival (but nice) Amber Atkins won't be stopped. There could well be more death and disappointment to come. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

The battle between the good and the bad is bound to get ugly.


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for irreverent and crude humor, sex-related material and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

23 July 1999 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dairy Queens  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$15,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$3,986,269, 25 July 1999, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$10,561,238, 12 September 1999
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie makes multiple references to traditional Minnesota food: The Mount Rose High cafeteria serves lutefisk for lunch, Jell-O salad is served at Tammy's funeral, and several scenes include people eating and offering "bars," considered an essential dessert for Minnesota potlucks. See more »

Goofs

A 1998 Lincoln Town Car Limousine is at a hotel, but the movie takes place in 1995. See more »

Quotes

Brett Clemmens: [Becky has noticed Brett gawping at Amber, who's working in the cafeteria, so she's dropped her lunch tray in the basin, splattering Amber] Oh man... you got some lutefisk in your hair.
Amber Atkins: [cheerfully] Then it must be Wednesday.
[cutaway to Mount Rose American Teen Princess 1945, doing her librarian job]
Iona Hildebrandt: Lutefisk is codfish that's been salted and soaked in lye for a week or so. It's best with lots of butter.
See more »

Crazy Credits

(referencing Hank's request to be freed from the car door) It is the policy of the documentary crew to remain true observers and not interfere with its subjects. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Ida, Be Thy Name: The Frightful Females of Fear (2013) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is All Around
Written by Sonny Curtis
Performed by Joan Jett & The Blackhearts (as Joan Jett and The Blackhearts)
Courtesy of Blackhearts Records
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Simply Wonderful Black Comedy
31 December 2006 | by See all my reviews

Ellen Barkin is the trailer trash mother of Amber (Kirsten Dunst), Kirstie Alley is the homicidally ambitious mother of Becky (Denise Richards) a spoilt rich bitch. They will stop at nothing to make sure their daughters win the Mount Rose beauty pageant, and i mean nothing.

The whole movie is made in incredibly bad taste and for that reason alone, a lot of people will hate it; but i found it was very refreshing to see a black comedy of this quality for a change. It's wonderfully scripted and directed, and the cast is simply perfect; everyone in it appears to be relishing the humour in the movie and it shows in their performances.

If you like this kind of humour, you will love this, if you don't warm to black comedy then it's best left alone.

8/10 Personally i think its great.


29 of 32 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 326 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

The Most Anticipated Shows of 2018

"The IMDb Show" looks ahead at some of the most compelling new shows in 2018. Plus, we challenge "This Is Us" star Chris Sullivan to guess the actors behind their movie makeup.

Watch now