Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Genres - Comedy  |   Sub-Genres - Satire, Teen Movie, Mockumentary  |   Release Date - Jul 23, 1999 (USA)  |   Run Time - 98 min.  |   Countries - Germany , United States   |   MPAA Rating - PG13
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One of the first directors to fully realize the possibilities of the mock-documentary was Rob Reiner in the classic This Is Spinal Tap. Since then, audiences have had an onslaught of variations on the form, including the decent Drop Dead Gorgeous. This reckless little film was brought forth from the sarcastic pen of Lona Williams, who previously had written and produced for The Drew Carey Show. Williams' attention to detail should come as no surprise: she had been first runner-up in the national Junior Miss competition. Her over-the-top satire may be too much for some audience members -- some of the jokes seem to be beaten to death. But Kirsten Dunst is convincing as golden girl Amber Atkins, strutting around her trailer park practicing her talent routines, and Denise Richards adds a quiet honesty to the role of Becky Leeman. In fact, these two actresses take the script and run with it, making it their own. It's ultimately a pretty good laugh.