Reviewed byEd CohenVote: 8/10/10
The contrast between the newspaper reviewers--who clobbered "Beautiful"--andits generally favorable bulletin board comments is extreme. The movie I sawis funny, entertaining, and has something thoughtful to add to discussion ofgender politics, as well as to the various earlier films about beautypageants.
"Beautiful" asks whether or not it is OK to continue having beauty pageants,and yet drop the requirement that the participants have refrained frommotherhood, thereby straying from the pageants' vestal virgin ceremonyorigins. "Beautiful" answers in the affirmative, since that way pageants mayyet have value in the personal development and empowerment of young women.If they are done with a little common sense, pageants need not be aboutobjectifying or patronizing women
Apparently, that view was too politically incorrect for most big mediacritics. How would they have reviewed "Beautiful," had it been directed byRobert Altman instead of Sally Field?
Reviewed byMariamVote: 8/10/10
For a great deal of the film my eyes did wander around as it is not themostriveting of film experiences; however, the ending was worthy of astandingovation and tears.
Throughout the story, I found myself wondering whether I shouldsympathise with Mona, a woman with such a desire to win that sheselfishlysabotages fellow contestants and locks her own daughter out of her life.Onthe other hand, I was able to relate to the story of a woman who strovetobe the best only to falter and be dragged down by peers. In a sense,Monais to be applauded for her determination to shine through a life offailureand loneliness - a true testament to the feats that can be achievedthoughhard work. Naturally, giving up her child to selfishly pursue a vaindreamis almost despicable but it makes the triumphant ending ever so much moreinspiring, that this confused human being triumphs not only overadversityto be crowned Miss American Miss, but more importantly, that she conquersher own self-centred frailties to realise the joy to be found in lovingthebeautiful gift of life she already possesses.
Reviewed byhelpless_dancerVote: 7/10/10
On the unbelievable side but still an interesting look at a woman totallydedicated to winning beauty pageants as a way to build self esteem. Apushy,driven person who never quite grew up and leaned heavily on a childhoodfriend for the guidance and support she never received growing up in aloveless home. Good show with a 2 hankie finale.
Sometimes you have to give up the life of your dreams, to discover the dream of your life... On her journey to become the next Miss American Miss, a young woman is forced to reevaluate her life's goal and, in the process, discovers what's really important and what it truly means to be... Beautiful.