"Never Give Up-One of the movie's themes-there is a better movie out there"
A great message, great actors, great costumes - too bad the story wasn't that great. Minnie Driver and Joey Lauren Adams are great portraying best friends. Even Hallie Kate Eisenberg aka the annoying pepsi girl was stomachable in her role. But the story was lacking some serious elements. Nothing in this movie really made me care. A good movie should evoke my emotions and make me care about what is going to happen to the characters.Mona [Minnie Drive] works her whole life to become Miss American Miss. Her best friend Ruby [Joey Lauren Adams] helps her along her path. Ruby and her Grandmother seem to be Mona's only friends and supporters in life. Even Mona's mother and her live-in boyfriend don't seem to give two hoots about Mona's dreams and ambitions. In a way the story seems to take a cinderella turn in following Mona from an ugly duckling with braces to a beautiful suave woman. The overall moral of the story is one that we all need to take to heart. Believe in yourself, never give up, and live life for you! In the end Mona face some choices that could alter her dream to become Miss American Miss irrevocably.
Okay, things I like about this movie - as I said before the actors, costumes, and morals. They are a-one. Now, on to things I didn't like - the substory of what happens to Ruby - WHY, WHY, WHY? That was in a word, STUPID. Never resolved clearly, and not needed. There were other ways to evolve the story and evoke Mona's motherly instincts.In short this movie is not worth the film it was made on. If you want to see a movie about pageantry I suggest, 'Miss Congeniality' starring Sandra Bullock. 'Beautiful' made me feel nothing but bored and wanting the two hours of my life back that I spent watching it or however long it took. My only saving grace was that I didn't pay to see this atrocity.