Beautiful Girls (1996)
Front Cover Actor Back Cover
Matt Dillon Tommy 'Birdman' Rowland
Timothy Hutton Willie Conway
Rosie O'Donnell Gina Barrisano
Martha Plimpton Jan
Natalie Portman Marty
Michael Rapaport Paul Kirkwood
Mira Sorvino Sharon Cassidy
Uma Thurman Andera
Noah Emmerich Michael 'Mo' Morris
Annabeth Gish Tracy Stover
Lauren Holly Darian Smalls
Max Perlich Kev
Pruitt Taylor Vince Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
Anne Bobby Sarah Morris
Richard Bright Dick Conway
Sam Robards Steve Rossmore
David Arquette Bobby Conway
Adam LeFevre Victor (as Adam Le Fevre)
John Carroll Lynch Frank Womack
Sarah Katz Kristen Rossmore
Camille D'Ambrose Sharon's Mother
Martin Rubin Chip
Tom Gibis Peter the Eater
Allison Levine Waitress at Moonlight Mile
Earl R. Burt Bartender
Greg Dulli Lead Singer, Afghan Whigs
Trent Nicholas Thompson Michael Morris, Jr (as Trent Nicholas Thompson 'TNT')
Nicole Ranallo Cheryl Morris
Joyce Lacey Reunion Classmate #1
Matthew Nathan Castens Reunion Classmate #2
Anne W. Erickson Coffee Shop Waitress
Oliver Osterberg Drinker #1
Sterling Robson Drinker #2
Edward Kaspszak Drinker #3
John Scurti Ticket Agent
Herbie Ade Bar Owner
Ben Gooding Customer
Frank Anello Irv
Movie Details
Genre Drama
Director Ted Demme
Producer Cary Woods
Writer Scott Rosenberg
Studio Disney / Buena Vista
Language English
Audience Rating R (Restricted)
Running Time 107 mins
Country USA
Color Color
Plot
This town drama from Ted Demme centers on former classmates coming together for their 10-year reunion. Scott Rosenberg's (Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead) script thoughtfully passes over the usual grumblings of young adults who can't believe they still live in the same snowbound town. They accept--even welcome--their blue-collar jobs, whether plowing snow or cutting hair. Willie (Timothy Hutton), the lone wanderer, returns to his listless house in a state of flux, the piano-bar circuit wearing thin as is his relationship with Tracy, a well-off attorney (Annabeth Gish). He isn't the only one with problems. Tommy (Matt Dillon) occasionally sleeps with his now-married high school sweetheart Darian (Lauren Holly) while the earnest Sharon (Mira Sorvino) is left to wait. Paul (another thickheaded role for Michael Rapaport) refuses to commit to Jan (Martha Plimpton) until it's too late. Paul is enamored with the idea of the supermodel (the title's "beautiful girls") that, he believes, can make life perfect. It's a very satisfying comedy, with some forced poignancy (Willie's description of Tracy as a "seven and a half" comes off as a death sentence). Rosie O'Donnell's dissertation on why Playboy and Penthouse have ruined males' expectations is much like Meg Ryan's orgasm scene in When Harry Met Sally...: it's hilarious, even memorable, never wholly believable.

The two wild cards thrown into Beautiful Girls give the film its kick. Uma Thurman enters as the local barkeep's (Pruitt Taylor Vince) radiant cousin. From the big city, she can flirt with the awestruck guys and still keep her head. Willie's real emotional tug is from Marty, the precocious 13-year-old neighbor. If you didn't see Natalie Portman's sophisticated work in the The Professional, her performance here will come as a revelation. You deeply believe that Willie and Marty are connected despite their age difference. Their courtship will never come to be, but the way the two talk (and talk some more) about their lives is the most insightful part of Rosenberg's script. Everyone's so comfortable in his or her roles that you may truly feel sad when the film ends. --Doug Thomas

Personal Details
Seen It Yes
Index 22
In Collection Yes
Owner David Cowley
Product Details
Format DVD
Region Region 1
Screen Ratio Widescreen 1.85:1 Color
Layers Single side, Single layer
UPC 717951001573
Chapters 18
Release Date 2003
Packaging Keep Case
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Surround [CC]
ENGLISH: Dolby Digital Stereo
Nr of Disks/Tapes 1
Extra Features
Color Closed-captioned Widescreen
Links
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