'Drop Dead Gorgeous' New Line Cinema


Drop Dead Gorgeous

Aug. 12
9:20 p.m.

When Drop Dead Gorgeous became available on Hulu last month, people enthusiastically freaked out. But if you weren’t subscribed to the streaming service, or willing to pay a rental fee on Prime, you were shit out of luck. Thankfully, the film tends to make the rounds around town, screening for free at various parks in the Twin Cities. This week, you can watch it at Loring Park. For the uninitiated: Drop Dead Gorgeous follows a group of hopefuls as they compete for top honors in the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant. Kirsten Dunst stars as a high schooler with big dreams and a heart of gold, and her rivals to the title include a campy/evil Denise Richards, a bubbly Brittany Murphy, and Amy Adams, in her big-screen debut. Highlights include exploding things (Tractors! Parade floats! Trailer parks!); a really special musical performance of “I Can’t Take My Eyes Off of You,” complete with a Jesus doll on a cross; and amazing accents (and iconic scenery chewing) from Ellen Barkin and Allison Janney as chain-smoking best buds/neighbors.