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Genre: Comedy Drama

Reviewed In Issue 49 (June 2001) Of Widescreen Review®

Minnie Driver, Joey Lauren Adams, Leslie Stefanson, Bridgette L. Wilson, Kathleen Robertson, Michael McKean, Kathleen Turner & Hallie Kate Eisenberg

WSR Review Scores
WSR Picture Rating: 4.5
DD Sound Rating: 3.5
DTS Sound Rating: NA
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Critics' Composite Score: 2.5
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Special Features
Includes biographies, the theatrical trailer, and bonus trailer for

 DVD General Information

(Studio/Distributor): Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number): 05609
(MPAA Rating): PG13
(Rating Reason):

Rated PG13 for language and thematic elements.
(Retail Price): $24.95
(DVD Type): Dual Side, Single Layer (DVD10)
(Widescreen Edition): Yes
(Full Screen Edition): Yes
(Anamorphic Widescreen): Yes
(Running Time In Minutes): 112
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Regional Coding): 1
(Theatrical Year): 2000
(Theatrical Release): Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release): No
(DVD Release Date): 02/20/01
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

 Credits Information

(Director): Sally Field
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Special Notes:
DVD jacket indicates soundtrack options are both Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, though our review copy did not include the 2.0 track.

Story Synopsis:
For as long as she can remember, Mona (Driver) has dreamed of winning the Miss American Miss competition. Without the support of her drunken mom or her lecherous stepdad, Mona pays her way through charm school and orthodontia in an effort to be Beautiful enough to win the coveted crown. But when a precocious little girl (Eisenberg) enters Mona

DVD Picture:
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits a beautiful picture, with colors that are as bold as pageant dresses. The fully saturated picture exhibits excellent balance, with accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Images are sharp and detailed, with nicely rendered depth and definition. Though not extreme, the picture has a slightly dark character. Still, shadow delineation and contrast are nicely rendered. The appearance of pixelization is infrequent, and the picture should surely delight. (Suzanne Hodges)

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