Beautiful Girls (film)

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Beautiful Girls
Beautiful girlsmovieposter.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byTed Demme
Produced byCary Woods
Written byScott Rosenberg
StarringMatt Dillon
Lauren Holly
Timothy Hutton
Rosie O'Donnell
Martha Plimpton
Natalie Portman
Michael Rapaport
Mira Sorvino
Uma Thurman
Music byDavid A. Stewart
CinematographyAdam Kimmel
Editing byJeffrey Wolf
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release datesFebruary 9, 1996
Running time112 minutes
CountryUS
LanguageEnglish
Box office$20,837,000 (USA)
 
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Beautiful Girls
Beautiful girlsmovieposter.jpg
Theatrical poster
Directed byTed Demme
Produced byCary Woods
Written byScott Rosenberg
StarringMatt Dillon
Lauren Holly
Timothy Hutton
Rosie O'Donnell
Martha Plimpton
Natalie Portman
Michael Rapaport
Mira Sorvino
Uma Thurman
Music byDavid A. Stewart
CinematographyAdam Kimmel
Editing byJeffrey Wolf
Distributed byMiramax Films
Release datesFebruary 9, 1996
Running time112 minutes
CountryUS
LanguageEnglish
Box office$20,837,000 (USA)

Beautiful Girls is a 1996 American film directed by Ted Demme and starring Matt Dillon, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O'Donnell, Martha Plimpton, Natalie Portman, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, and Uma Thurman.

Synopsis[edit]

Willie Conway goes home for his high school class reunion in Knights Ridge, Massachusetts. He is at a crossroads in his life and cannot decide if he should marry his girlfriend. He cannot decide if he should quit his music and take a job as a salesman. Over the course of the film, he spends time with his old friends who are all at similar crossroads. By the end they all discover what it is that they want.

Characters[edit]

The men[edit]

The women[edit]

Minor characters[edit]

Origins[edit]

Screenwriter Scott Rosenberg was living in Needham, MA, waiting to see if Disney would use his script for Con Air. He said in an interview, "It was the worst winter ever in this small hometown. Snow plows were coming by, and I was just tired of writing these movies with people getting shot and killed. So I said, 'There is more action going on in my hometown with my friends dealing with the fact that they cannot deal with turning 30 or with commitment'—all that became Beautiful Girls".[1] Originally, James L. Brooks was interested in directing the film according to actress Leslie Mann who auditioned for a role but was not cast.[2]

Ted Demme had the entire cast come to Minneapolis and live together for two to three weeks so that they could bond. He also made sure that the setting is a character unto itself. He "wanted to make it look like it's Anytown USA, primarily East Coast. And I also wanted it to feel like a real working class town".[3] To this end, Demme drew inspiration from Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978). "The first third of the film is really an amazing buddy movie with those five actors. You could tell they were best friends, but they all had stuff amongst them that was personal to each one of them".[3] He screened the movie for the cast and crew.

Scott Rosenberg also writes for the show October Road. The show is loosely based on what happened after Beautiful Girls came out and how his friends reacted to a movie about their lives. Both Beautiful Girls and October Road take place in the fictional Massachusetts town of Knights Ridge, and have similar characters, jobs, plot lines.

Soundtrack[edit]

Beautiful Girls (Music from the Motion Picture)
Soundtrack album by Various artists
ReleasedJanuary 30, 1996
GenreSoundtrack
Length57:16
LabelElektra
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic3/5 stars[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. Roland Gift—"That's How Strong My Love Is" 6:18
  2. Afghan Whigs—"Be for Real" 4:16
  3. Howlin' Maggie—"Easy to Be Stupid" 4:51
  4. Billy Paul—"Me and Mrs. Jones" 4:48
  5. Satchel—"Suffering" 4:49
  6. Chris Isaak—"Graduation Day" 3:10
  7. Pete Droge & the Sinners—"Beautiful Girl" 4:34
  8. Ween—"I'll Miss You" 2:56
  9. Afghan Whigs—"Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe" 5:21
  10. The Spinners—"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love" 4:31
  11. Kiss—"Beth" 2:46
  12. King Floyd—"Groove Me" 3:01
  13. The Diamonds—"The Stroll" 2:31
  14. Neil Diamond—"Sweet Caroline" 3:24

Additional tracks (not included on soundtrack)[edit]

  1. Greg Kihn Band—"The Breakup Song (They Don't Write 'Em)"
  2. Split Enz—"I Got You"
  3. A Flock Of Seagulls—"I Ran (So Far Away)"
  4. Billy Preston—"Will It Go Round in Circles"
  5. Jethro Tull—"Locomotive Breath"
  6. Bernie Wyte and his Orchestra—"Never on Sunday"
  7. Lou Reed—"Walk on the Wild Side"
  8. Rolling Stones—"Fool to Cry"
  9. Morphine—"Honey White"

Reception[edit]

Beautiful Girls was released on February 9, 1996 in 752 theaters, grossing USD $2.7 million on its opening weekend. It went on to make $10.5 million in North America.[5]

The film received fairly positive reviews and currently has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Roger Ebert, of the Chicago Sun-Times, wrote, "What's nicest about the film is the way it treasures the good feelings people can have for one another".[6] In the Washington Post, Desson Howe praised Natalie Portman's performance: "As a self-described 'old soul' who connects spiritually with Hutton (they're both existential searchers), she's the movie's most poignant and witty presence".[7] However, Jack Mathews, in the Los Angeles Times, wrote that the film was "about as much fun as a neighborhood bar on a Tuesday night. Its crisis: not much happening".[8] In her New York Times review Janet Maslin wrote, Natalie Portman got film's "archest dialogue", and called her "a budding knockout, and scene-stealingly good even in an overly showy role.".[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Peter. "Scott Rosenberg: Off to a Beautiful Start". The Best Video Guide. 
  2. ^ Ryan, Kyle (September 28, 2007). "Random Roles: Leslie Mann". The Onion A.V. Club. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  3. ^ a b Griffin, Dominic (1996). "An Interview With Ted Demme, Director of Beautiful Girls". Film Threat. 
  4. ^ http://www.allmusic.com/album/r231045
  5. ^ "Beautiful Girls". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (February 9, 1996). "Beautiful Girls". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  7. ^ Howe, Desson (February 9, 1996). "Beautiful Girls". Washington Post. Retrieved 2008-02-13. 
  8. ^ Mathews, Jack (February 9, 1996). "Beautiful Girls". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2008-02-13. [dead link]
  9. ^ Movie Review New York Times, February 9, 1996.

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