Drop Dead Gorgeous
Dir. Michael Patrick Jann, 1999
97 min, English
Presented as the FINAL SCREENING OF 2017 we have selected DROP DEAD GORGEOUS as Video Revival's favorite pick of the year, a film that we would pick as the greatest title to have show in our 2017 calendar. Read below, or take our word for it, it's a great film to end your year on!
A piece of work greater than the sum of its parts, DDG features an strangely mixed female cast (Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Ellen Barkin, Kirstie Alley, Allison Janney) providing OUTSTANDING comedic performances. All across America, thousands of teen girls compete to win the title of Miss American Teen Princess (Sponsored by Sarah Rose Cosmetics), and we have the chance to take a look at the local pageant taking place in Mount Rose, MN where the hopes and dreams of the local crop of girls hang in the balance. Styled like a documentary, what first appears to be a teen comedy begins to reveal itself to have a murder-mystery element as contestants begin to drop like flies and the comedy reveals itself to be blisteringly dark. Laced with Minnesota Nice accents, DDG is somehow a perfect depiction of the goings on in smalltown America while completely over the top in the best way.