Search - Beautiful on DVD

Actors: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Kathleen Turner, Leslie Stefanson
Director: Sally Field
Genres: Comedy, Drama
PG-13     2001     1hr 52min

Mona is determined to win the Miss American Miss contest, even if it means cheating or concealing the fact that she has a daughter. Genre: Feature Film-Comedy Rating: PG13 Release Date: 2-SEP-2003 Media Type: DVD


Larger Image

Movie Details

Actors: Minnie Driver, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Joey Lauren Adams, Kathleen Turner, Leslie Stefanson
Director: Sally Field
Creators: B.J. Rack, Barry London, Beau Rogers, Brent Baum, David Forrest, Jade Ramsey, Jon Bernstein
Genres: Comedy, Drama
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama
Studio: Sony Pictures
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 02/20/2001
Original Release Date: 09/29/2000
Theatrical Release Date: 09/29/2000
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 52min
Screens: Color,Full Screen,Widescreen,Anamorphic
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 3
MPAA Rating: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, Spanish
See Also:

Similar Movies

The Other Sister
Director: Garry Marshall
   PG-13   1999   2hr 9min
The Governess
Director: Sandra Goldbacher
   R   1999   1hr 55min
The Associate
Director: Donald Petrie
   PG-13   1999   1hr 54min
It Had to Be You
   PG   2002   1hr 30min
Return to Me
Director: Bonnie Hunt
   PG   2000   1hr 55min
She's All That
Director: Robert Iscove
   PG-13   1999   1hr 35min
Curly Sue
   PG   2004   1hr 41min
Director: Robert Townsend
   PG-13   2004   1hr 31min

Similarly Requested DVDs

Iron Man
Single-Disc Edition
   PG-13   2008   2hr 6min
Director: Brian Dannelly
   PG-13   2004   1hr 32min
Guarding Tess
Director: Hugh Wilson
   PG-13   1998   1hr 36min
Director: Peter Chelsom
   PG-13   2002   1hr 30min
Dr T The Women
Director: Robert Altman
   R   2001   2hr 2min
Director: Elizabeth Allen
   PG   2006   1hr 44min
Rob Roy
Director: Michael Caton-Jones
   R   1997   2hr 19min
Hope Springs
Director: Mark Herman
   PG-13   2004   1hr 32min
Director: Phil Morrison
   R   2006   1hr 46min
First Knight
   PG-13   1997   2hr 13min

Movie Reviews

What people will go through to become the most beautiful
Daniel J. Hamlow | Narita, Japan | 07/10/2004
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Beautiful, adj. 1. Having beauty; delighting the senses and mind. 5. The ideal of beauty.So says Webster, and given that, Mona Hibbard of Naperville, Illinois does not embody that quality on the inside. Mona has had a drive to be beautiful and from her pre-teen years, has worked hard, getting her teeth straightened, going to a grace school, and befriending Ruby, who has learned to sew from her grandmother. From watching beauty pageants on TV, she herself enters a beauty pageant and wins for best costume. The trouble is, her parents are far from supportive, and she herself shuts them out of her life. Her mother keeps saying she's getting aggravated from her behaviour, and even when Mona gets a consolation medal reading "participant," she merely says that she didn't get anything. On the other hand, the egocentric Mona's no angel either. She has a room with posters full of beauty pageant memorabilia, and a sign on the door reading "knock first" When her mother asks her if she wants some pizza, Mona refuses to answer because her mother didn't knock first.Years later, Ruby and Mona are firm friends. Ruby and her grandmother still help make costumes for Mona, who still has the same dream, and will do anything to get it. In one scene smacking of black humour and slapstick, she sabotages a rival's equipment when that girl steals Mona's routine and is lucky enough to go first. This has grave ramifications later on, which I won't reveal. However, when Mona discovers she's pregnant, it's bad news, because women who are mothers or legal guardians are disqualified from entering the Miss American Miss competition. But she's so desperate to prove herself beautiful, she has Ruby pose as the mother of her child, a girl named Vanessa, while she becomes her own child's aunt. This helps her win Miss Illinois, which makes her a contestant for Miss America Miss pageant. In the meantime, there are the expected public appearances to promote her. However, fate plays a cruel trick on Ruby, leaving Vanessa in Mona's care, something neither is chuffed about. Mona sees her own daughter as A) an inconvenience, and B) someone to take photos of her to mold her image as a caring, heroic, role model. But what makes a real role model? Mona's "campaign slogan" is "empowering America's youth for a brighter America." A pity she doesn't embody that ideal toward her own soccer-loving seven year old daughter.In Mallrats Joey Lauren Adams played the smarter advice-giving girlfriend to Claire Forlani. As Ruby, Adams is the hard-working, grounded, patient friend who works hard to help Mona reach her goal even to the extent of being the mother to Vanessa, and treating her like a real mother would, making this her best role since Chasing Amy. Hallie Kate Eisenberg (Vanessa) is quite the delight here as the very insightful girl who ends up being more mature and abler than her birth mother. Indeed, when she asks Mona how come she looks so much like her, it's more than just physical appearance, but more on personality. One only has to look at the way Mona's own mother treated her to see how Mona treats Vanessa, with lack of sympathy, support, and as somewhat of an inconvenience. Her other question to Mona, "where do I belong?" is something that Mona herself is struggling with, to belong somewhere. Adams and Eisenberg really make this movie worth it.Actress Sally Fields' feature film directorial debut was much panned by critics, and perhaps it's Minnie Driver's character, who isn't that likeable until the final twenty minutes or so of the movie. All the same, one is aggravated by her egotistical self-centered behaviour, while at the same time wanting her to not only grow up, as Ruby tells her in a moment of exasperation, but to be, in the words of Webster, to become beautiful."
A beautiful movie
Eileen Visconte | new york city | 12/30/2000
(3 out of 5 stars)

"When this movie was first released in theaters, I honestly did not have much of an intrest for viewing it. But recently I did end up watching "Beautiful", and I really enjoyed it. I think this movie is the type where even though it may not be excellent, it's still worth the time to watch. "Beautiful" is a movie about a young girl who always dreamed of winning the title of "Miss America Miss". For most of her life, she tried to create her own beauty and win beauty contest. As a young girl, she meets Joey Lauren Adams' character who designs Minnie's character's dresses. They become best friends, and keep on competing in beauty contest as Minnie's character grows older. I would add more to the story, but I don't want to give everything away. The ending really brings the movie together, and even though some scenes may seem cheesy, it still turns out to be a nice movie. "Beautiful" is one of those sweet, funny, and cute movies girls gotta watch with their girl friends. It will make you laugh and cry lol.. and just have an enjoyable time for about an hour and a half."
Eileen Visconte | 12/12/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I saw this movie with my friend, and it was a choice between this and a football movie. We saw this, and we left the theater almost crying because of how sweet the end was, both agreeing that Minnie Driver's charecter had been evil until the very end. Anybody who is a fan of chick-flicks, or movies with sweet endings has to see this!"
Cute Movie about (finally) coming of age.
G. E. Williams | California | 05/11/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)

"My wife (and our youngest) and I have enjoyed watching this cute film several times,(even though my wife was a pageant contestant all through her teens) this is a great film about self esteem, friendship, vanity, growing up and responsibility.

Minnie Driver is great as usual, and here we first learn of her considerable vocal talents (by the way her CD " Everything in My Pocket"is a great singer song-writer album) and then there is the adorable "Pepsi Girl" Hailey Kate Eisenberg, who is spot on as the world wise (but unknowing) daughter.

This isn't a great movie, but it is a pretty good one. If you are looking for a nice movie about finding your place in the world, you should enjoy "Beautiful".