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Beautiful (2000 film)

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Genre  Drama, Comedy
Screenplay  Jon Bernstein
Writer  Jon Bernstein
Language  English
5.3/10 IMDb

Director  Sally Field
Music director  John Frizzell
Country  United States
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Release date  September 29, 2000 (2000-09-29)
Cast  Minnie Driver (Mona Hibbard), Jessica Collins (Miss Lawrenceville), Bridgette Wilson (Lorna Larkin)
Similar movies  The Last Witch Hunter, Knock Knock, Pitch Perfect 2, Jupiter Ascending, Captain America: The First Avenger, The Avengers

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Mona Hibbard steadily advances as an American beauty queen in spite of her less than congenial temperament. Her best friend from childhood, Ruby, has the patience of a saint, which is why shes the one person who is willing to help Mona pursue her ambition. Ruby even helps her to hide the secret that would completely derail Monas plan to capture the "Miss American Miss" title: an illegitimate daughter, Vanessa. Her biggest obstacle is losing her killer instinct for her maternal instinct.


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Beautiful is a 2000 American film directed by Sally Field (in her feature film directorial debut), starring Minnie Driver, Joey Lauren Adams, Hallie Kate Eisenberg, Kathleen Robertson, and Kathleen Turner. The plot deals with the sacrifices that contestants in the Miss America pageant typically must make.

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Determined to win the Miss American Miss pageant, Mona is ready to sacrifice anything and everything to guarantee herself the crown including her own daughter! She manages to persuade her best bud to raise the kid as her own (Miss AM can't be a mom), but just when this beauty-queen wannabe thinks her prize is in sight, she's surprised by a come-from-behind competitor. Love.


Mona Hibbard (Driver) is a young woman from a troubled home who has one overarching goal: to become the winner of the Miss American Miss pageant. Her mother is an alcoholic who graduates from berating her young daughter for not doing well in kids pageants to declaring she will not provide any money or support for Mona if she keeps competing. Fortunately for Mona, she becomes best friends with Ruby Stilwell (Adams), who joins forces with her kind-hearted grandmother to help Mona as she begins her steady rise in the beauty pageant ranks. Unfortunately for Mona, she becomes pregnant and is horrified because women with children are not eligible for the MAM crown, and she has a young daughter (Eisenberg), but Ruby selflessly agrees to raise Vanessa as her own daughter. Mona becomes colder and meaner as she gets closer to achieving her goal, whether shes sabotaging a fellow contestant Leslie Stefanson on her routine and earning a lifelong enemy of an aspiring newscaster, or pawning all of her inconveniences onto Ruby while ignoring how obvious it is that Vanessa looks exactly like her, a path that leads to her victory in the Miss Illinois pageant. When Ruby is falsely accused of euthanasia and jailed, Mona is forced to take care of Vanessa, a task she is neither good at nor happy to do as she is afraid that her MAM crown bid will be ruined; Vanessa reacts to the situation by being angry and difficult to handle. Mona heads to the MAM showcase while her old enemy thinks she has a scoop about Vanessas parentage, but only after being coldly rejected for a last time by her own worthless mother, which leads to her implying to Vanessa that she IS the girls mom and cant say so in public. Mona also grows up when she desperately seeks guidance from jailed Ruby, only to have Ruby finally tell her friend that she needs to start taking care of her responsibilities. Mona comes to see that the pursuit of pageant fame is empty next to taking care of her family, and finally announces when shes made the MAM Final 3 that she is Vanessas mom and is withdrawing from the pageant. But the judges see that the crowd is 100% in her favor, and change their rules so that Mona becomes the new Miss America Miss, as her old enemy finds her "scoop" and dreams of journalistic fame are both dead. Mona finishes the film as a happy mother to her little girl, a good friend to Ruby, and someone ready to turn the page on past turmoil and start a better life to come.

Similar Movies

Drowning Mona (2000). Southland Tales (2006). Whipped (2000). Sally Field directed Beautiful and appears in Where the Heart Is. Kathleen Turner appears in Beautiful and Marley & Me.


  • Minnie Driver as Mona Hibbard/Miss Illinois
  • Joey Lauren Adams as Ruby Stilwell
  • Hallie Kate Eisenberg as Vanessa
  • Kathleen Turner as Verna Chickle
  • Leslie Stefanson as Joyce Parkins
  • Bridgette Wilson (Miss Teen USA 1990) as Miss Texas/Lorna Larkin
  • Kathleen Robertson as Miss Tennessee/Wanda Love
  • Michael McKean as Lance DeSalvo
  • Gary Collins as Miss America Pageant Host
  • Linda Hart as Nedra Hibbard
  • Chuti Tiu (Miss Illinois 1994, Americas Junior Miss 1987) as Miss Hawaii
  • Ali Landry (Miss USA 1996) as outgoing titleholder Belindy Lindbrook
  • Jessica Collins (Miss New York Teen USA 1988) as Miss Lawrenceville, first runner-up at Miss Illinois
  • Julie Condra as Miss Iowa
  • Herta Ware as Clara
  • Colleen Rennison as Mona, age 12
  • Jacqueline Steiger as Ruby, age 12
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