Small Town Satire: A DROP DEAD GORGEOUS review

DROP DEAD GORGEOUS (1999) is the most under-appreciated comedy movie of the 1990s. It is a note perfect mockumentary of a ridiculous small town beauty pageant, featuring great performances from actresses we don’t usually think of that way (Denise Richards and Kirstie Alley,) and from actresses that went on to excel (Allison Janney, Amy Adams). Even though it’s a movie about a small town mom murdering beauty pageant contestants filled with infantile jokes about masturbation,eating disorders, and getting hit in the crotch, even though it ends with a montage of beauty queens vomiting, DROP DEAD GORGEOUS is filled with subtle (sorta) details that make every joke in it better, like the dog sweaters worn by German Shepard obsessed contestant Jenelle Betz and the gross sweaty expressions on the face of contest judge John Dough when he watches “the young girls.”

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Small Town Satire: A DROP DEAD GORGEOUS review

“C’mon Dover, Move Your Bloomin’ Arse!” – A Review of MY FAIR LADY (50 Years in the Making)

Now that I have your attention….This week, in celebration of it’s 50th anniversary, (although by my count, shouldn’t it be 51 years?) CBS pictures will release the new 4K digital restoration of the 1964 film My Fair Lady starring Audrey Hepburn and Rex Harrison. The film, based on the 1956 Broadway musical, was nominated for 12 Academy Awards, winning in 8 of those categories. As Roger Ebert so aptly wrote in a review of the 1994 restoration, this is why my blog post will not be a recap of the story:

“It is unnecessary to summarize the plot or list the songs; if you are not familiar with both, you are culturally illiterate, although in six months I could pass you off as a critic at Cannes, or even a clerk in a good video store, which requires better taste.”

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“C’mon Dover, Move Your Bloomin’ Arse!” – A Review of MY FAIR LADY (50 Years in the Making)