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Beautiful is a 2000 American comedy-drama movie directed by Sally Field in her feature movie directorial debut and written by Jon Bernstein. The plot folows Mona, who sacrifices everything, including family, in pursuit of a beauty pageant victory, while her friend Ruby helps her to an amazing degree.

It may have been a critical and commercial failure during its release, but I personally couldn’t give a rats because I genuinely enjoy this movie. At first glance it appears to be a movie about a superficial character who is so self-involved and obsessed with the glory of being a pageant queen. But that’s just an initial reaction, if you care enough to look past that you’ll realise this actually has a lot of impactful messages that would honestly speak to a large percentage of people. Perhaps it wasn’t perfectly executed, but that doesn’t mean those messages aren’t there.
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Beautiful is a 2000 American comedy-drama movie directed by Sally Field in her feature movie directorial debut and written by Jon Bernstein. The plot folows Mona, who sacrifices everything, including family, in pursuit of a beauty pageant victory, while her friend Ruby helps her to an amazing degree. It may have been a critical and commercial failure during its release, but I personally couldn’t give a rats because I genuinely enjoy this movie. At first glance it appears to be a movie about a superficial character who is so self-involved and obsessed with the glory of being a pageant queen. But that’s just an initial reaction, if you care enough to look past that you’ll realise this actually has a lot of impactful messages that would honestly speak to a large percentage of people. Perhaps it wasn’t perfectly executed, but that doesn’t mean those messages aren’t there. . . Continued in comments⬇️⬇️ . . #Beautiful  #SallyField  #JonBerstein  #MinnieDriver  #HallieKateEisenberg  #JoeyLaurenAdams  #Movie  #Film  #Review  #MovieReview  #FilmReview  #MovieCritic  #FilmCritic  #MovieTrivia  #FilmTrivia  #InstaMovie  #InstaFilm  #InstaReview  #Cinephile  #CinephileCommunity  #MovieEnthusiast  #MovieLover  #MovieGeek  #MovieAddict  #MovieBuff  #TheMovieOracle 

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  1. the_movie_oracle

    Our lead character Mona played by Minnie Driver is more complex than one might think. She’s a woman who grew up unloved and uncared for and had to do everything for herself. From a very young age she learned to be self-reliant, understanding no one was going to do things for her, or hand her things, she had to do them herself. She had no father, and a mother who didn’t protect her, especially from her mother’s loathsome boyfriend who was indicated at having paedophilic tendencies. Instantly you understand this character has had a rough childhood and her escape is pageants. This world that tells you you’re beautiful and perfect and everyone wants to be you. These are all things she craves because she never had them in her real life. Pageants become her only way out of her circumstance as the pageant system opens a lot of doors to its contestants, especially those who win, so Mona has laser focus which is understandable. At a young age she meets her life long best friend Ruby played by Joey Lauren Adams, they form an instant bond and Ruby becomes Mona’s family. She’s the first to be kind to her and treat her right and so the two are always there for each other. Ruby is a natural born carer and we see that in every aspect of this movie, we also see that sometimes being that caring means you get taken advantage of, but it’s not always out of malice. When Mona gets pregnant in her late teens she sees her future and hopes of ever leaving her drab town vanishing before her eyes. Her loyal and loving friend adopts her child and raises her as her own. Now that’s one hell of a friend. I love that when you see Vanessa (Mona’s daughter played by Hallie Kate Eisenberg) interact, they’re exact copies of each other, but there is so much animosity. Ultimately Vanessa’s anger comes from deep down knowing Mona is her real mother but not understanding why things are the way they are. And for Mona most of her anger is towards herself. She never claimed she didn’t want to be a mother, but she genuinely believes she doesn’t have what it takes. Growing up without that mother figure has convinced her she would be the same, and that she doesn’t have the tools to care for a child.

  2. the_movie_oracle

    The movie very dramatically takes Ruby out of the picture to force Vanessa and Mona to be together. They could have gone about this many way, and yes, this route is highly over the top, but I still don’t mind it. There are many aspects of it that are realistic so I’m ok with it. As the movie goes on and we see more of the pageant world we learn that it’s not all cut-throat evil women consumed with beauty which is what the world takes from pageants. Instead we understand that for so many in the system, the lies they tell, the fake smiles they plaster on their faces all come from the same place. Desperation. These are young desperate women who will do anything, compromise and sacrifice so much in the hopes of having a better life than the one they have now. I’m not saying that applies to everyone, but this is one aspect of that world this movie chooses to address and it’s a side I appreciate and sympathise with. Near the end of the movie a lot is put in perspective, it does make me wish that the emotions that were in this one scene could have been spread throughout the entire movie. At times the tone of the movie comes off as stiff and uncomfortable, which I always took to be a reflection of the relationship between Mona and those around her, though I’m sure many will disagree and just say it was poorly done, but to each their own. At the end of the movie Mona nearly destroys her chances at the crown by confessing that Vanessa is her daughter, rules of the pageants state a mother is ineligible. While she makes this statement for herself realising maybe what she’s been missing and trying to fill with pageants she could gain by giving and receiving the love of a child. But from the outside it is seen as a daring protest statement which women around the country respond to and for good reason. It is absurd to say a woman loses the rights to have dreams and ambitions or that she can’t be beautiful simply because she had a child. Mona viewed herself this way. It is antiquated, and her statement creates change, unintentional but very real.

  3. the_movie_oracle

    More is revealed in this scene. Mona’s mother who up until now we have simply had no reason to like or feel sympathy towards due to how she treated her daughter. In these scenes we see her sitting in front of the TV watching the pageants just like her daughter did growing up. When she cries at her daughter’s confession and her daughter’s win, it’s actually a beautiful scene that finally allows us to understand her better. All the years she resented her daughter, not because she hated her, but because very much like Mona she more than likely saw her dreams and future vanish the moment she had a child, and with no one to help her she was in it alone and everything she did after that made her a very sad and unfulfilled woman. Then suddenly right before her eyes is her daughter making her see that she did do something worth while in life, being a mother and having children did not make her less than anyone else and being a mother does not mean you can’t peruse your dreams. I can see why this movie wouldn’t be for everyone, I can see the things about it critics wouldn’t have liked. But I am just me, and I can only speak for myself and I personally loved this movie. I loved the messages, I loved what I was able to take from it and if you don’t take away the same things I did that’s perfectly ok. I only recently learned this movie was directed by Sally Field and it just made me love and appreciate it more. I think this is a beautiful movie that really spoke to me so for all the reasons above I give Beautiful a rating of 🔮🔮🔮3.5/5 crystal balls.

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