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Beautiful Girls

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7.11 h 48 min1996X-RayNR
Jazz pianist Willie heads home for a high school reunion but the trip is as much to escape his life - where he is at a crossroads - as it is to meet his old pals. He's eking out a living in New York and is not sure if he's ready to marry his girlfriend.
Directors
Ted Demme
Starring
Max PerlichMartha PlimptonNatalie Portman
Genres
DramaRomanceComedy
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Audio Languages
English
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Supporting actors
Pruitt Taylor VinceMatt DillonTimothy HuttonRosie O'DonnellMichael RapaportMira SorvinoAnnabeth GishUma ThurmanLauren HollyNoah Emmerich
Producers
Cary Woods
Studio
Miramax
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4.5 out of 5 stars

348 global ratings

  1. 74% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 16% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 4% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 1% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 4% of reviews have 1 stars
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Tommy Page Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 12 March 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a classic movie, takes me back to good times .
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This movie is so underrated, and brings back good times and memories for me. With such a huge cast , such as Matt Dillion, Timothy Hutton, Michael Rappaport, Noah Emmerich, Mira Sorvino, Una Thurman ,Rosie o Donnell and a very young Natalie Portman. Think this is one of her first biggest shows, it tells the story of a musician Timothy Hutton. Who goes back to his old town, for a High school reunion. To also catch up. On old friends and family,and tries to figure out. What he truly wants, in his life . This jem has always been a great solid movie and . Has become more bigger and popular over the years, in my opinion a classic. It is a joy to watch it again, after many years and . Still Has the same, feel good vibes of it. If you like movies like St Elmos Fire , About Last Night etc. Then Beautiful Girls, is definitely for you.
BigAl82Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 24 April 2018
4.0 out of 5 stars
Actually appropriate title for a film and an excellent film, too (with stellar ensemble cast)
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From the first guy we meet, Timothy Hutton, to the last gal we are introduced to, Annabeth Gish, the viewer here is treated to a veritable smorgasbord of, not only beautiful, but extremely talented acting greats. That coupled with a grand, great, groovy soundtrack you got a superb, sublime slice of comedy / drama greatness. For what it lacks in orange explosions and red claret sprayed on the screen, it more than makes up for with a staggering array of stars - more so than any galaxy in the universe. A joy to watch and behold. It’s an adult movie for an adult audience (the smattering of F word sees to that). As relevant today as it was back then. The film is genuinely good. Four stars for the cast. And for the subtitles. (The dvd didn’t have SDH subtitles) and did I mention, the cast? One of thee very best casts ever. One note of interest: the cover image of Lauren Holly is incorrect. In the film itself she has red hair. On the cover she looks to be a blonde. Noah Emmerich is a great actor and not name checked on the front cover (lack of space maybe?), same goes for Natalie Portman. However Michael Rappaport IS featured. Don’t get me wrong I do like him but I guess he was more recognisable. Or something. One more thing the beautiful and brilliant Mira Sorvino is credited on the front but not pictured. Oh, and there’s a trailer.
lReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 April 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
Contains romantacised pedophilia
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I was absolutely disgusted to find that this movie romances pedophilia, it tries to include it into a heartwarming story and validate it. I'm shocked that I can no find no other comments about this part of the film on the internet. I'm revolted.
Jason ParkesReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 September 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars
A brilliant, underated portrait of a smalltown reunion
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Ted Demme's film is extremely warm, despite its snowbound landscape- more suited to Egoyan's 'The Sweet Herafter'. This film did squat at the box office, despite the fact that it has a wonderful script by Scott Rosenberg (Things to do in Denver when you're Dead, High Fidelity, Er, Con Air...)and a wonderful ensemble cast. Tim Hutton puts in the best performance of his career, Natalie Portman is beguiling in a reverse-Lolita role and Uma Thurman is simply angelic. Think 'Swingers' with a dash of Capra or 'My so-called Life'. Other plus points include The Afghan Whigs as the local bar band, an extremely amusing Neil Diamond singalong and a wonderfully slobbish Michael Rappaport- with his disturbing philosphy on women ("they're all sisters Wil. Leave it alone!"). If you liked 'Grosse Point Blank' or 'Swingers' this is as good. 'Beautiful Girls' may have been overlooked because its just too human- maybe a little old fashioned and it hasn't got cool pastiches of Scorsese or Tarantino- which may mean critical reassessment in the future when we're bored of all those 'I'm worried I might be homosexual, so here's some stylised-violence'films (think Guy Ritchie or parts of 'Grosse Point Blank'). The perfect film for the upcoming winter and an example of Hollywood at its most thoughtful. Really!
14 people found this helpful
Val RutherfordReviewed in the United Kingdom on 03 April 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Girls
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I just love this movie. Well written, well observed and very well acted by every performer. Leaves the watcher with a hint of sadness
that real life is exactly like this - never quite matching up to the younger persons dreams and expectations but well worth the living anyway.
2 people found this helpful
JusReviewed in the United Kingdom on 29 April 2002
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful girls, beautiful story
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Despite its rather suggestive title, this film is as sweet and innocent as the lovely Natalie Portman making snow angels.
There is, of course, a more substantial level to the film - leitmotivs of friendship, love and return to innocence feature strongly - which leave you with something more than feeling good about the world. Although the principles of good ol' hometown America are prevalent the feel of this film is anything but conventional, introducing us to the sometimes bizarre world of mid-west America. It's not uncomfortable, just different.
A truly lovely film that will help you appreciate your friends and their often brutal honesty....
10 people found this helpful
ElleppiReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 July 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
The art of creating the right atmosphere
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It's not the story, it's the characters, the words between the thoughts, the spare dialogues, the moments spent among friends, when you stop and reflect on the way youre life's going. And it's the basic things in life, friends, girls, past and future. All very lighthearted, no drama, just some vibes. It takes talent to tell a story where nothing great happens. The late Ted Demme at his best, with a bunch of good actors
4 people found this helpful
BabooshkaReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 May 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
Beautiful Girls
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This film is hilarious. So enjoyable. Lots of issues being brought to light without making each story line too heavy. Older man liking the very much younger girl, another girl dealing with an eating disorder as her boyfriend is having an affair with a married woman. The lives that have never changed when one man returns home from the city to try to analyse his life, and the breath of fresh air that is (apparantly) Uma Thurman, to a town of men who will never do anything but plough snow in their home town. A touching film with very amusing characters. I recommend a viewing.
7 people found this helpful
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