BY RICHELLE CHARKOT, Special to Cinefilles
When I was in high school, I had two best friends named Michelle and Kaila, and together we were like an angry little low-rent version of the Three Musketeers. What did our little trio do on most weekends if we weren’t being mad at basically everyone else in our high school? Why, we were watching Drop Dead Gorgeous, of course.
This movie is so good. And it’s not just the nostalgia talking. It is so timelessly funny and dark and ridiculous; every single joke makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it, and believe me, I watch it A LOT. When I first became a MUFFian and found the “Suggestions” sheet in our (extremely organized) Google Drive, I frantically went to type in my favourite movie about the most ill-fated beauty pageant ever, and to my cockle-warming surprise, it was already suggested by someone else.
Need any more reasons to come see this hilarious film with the rest of the MUFF Society in Toronto on September 23? Well, you’re in luck, because I’m feeling chatty.
5) Writer Lona Williams
Alongside having this great movie on her resume, she has done work for The Simpsons, The Drew Carey Show, Shark Tale and Sugar & Spice (my other go-to watch during high school) as either a writer, writing assistant, producer or actor. Lona even has a role in Drop Dead Gorgeous as the quiet pageant judge Jean, the most normal of all of the outrageous judges in this movie.
4) We just really love Kirsten Dunst, okay.
Last month, MUFF screened All I Wanna Do (A.K.A Strike!) which stars precious baby angel Dunst as a quick-witted and rebellious young girl, and because we just love her so much we couldn’t help ourselves but to screen another movie that she stars in. Dunst plays Amber Atkins (as I typed that I heard her Minnesotan accent in my head), a friendly student with goals of becoming a famous reporter like Diane Sawyer. She is perfect in any role, but especially so as the perky Amber.
3) The One-Liners
“My mom never hid the fact that my dad chose his career over us. What was it she always said?”
“Once a carnie, always a carnie.”
“Mom still cries every time she sees a tilt-a-whirl or a fat lady in a tube top.”
THAT IS NOT EVEN THE TIP OF THE ICEBERG. To be really real, I have seen this movie so many times that I just know all of the dialogue anyway, but it is easily one of the most quotable pieces of cinema to ever come out of the ‘90s.
2) Brittany Murphy
Brittany Murphy was always a treat, especially in this decade, for movies. She is so likable in Drop Dead Gorgeous that I wish I was competing in a weird small-town beauty pageant with her so we could become best friends.
1) It’s the Best of Bad Taste
I hesitate to spoil anything (as much as I want to scream from the rooftops about how funny this movie is), but apparently several crew members walked off set during one particular musical number with Denise Richards. This movie jabs at just about everything, but Williams does so so subtly that the jokes purely catch you off guard and shock giggles out of you (or in my case, full on belly-laughs). During the upcoming MUFF screening, it is very likely that I’m going to just stand at the front and watch everyone react.
Don’t miss the MUFF Society screening of Drop Dead Gorgeous on Wednesday, September 23 at 7 p.m. only at The Carlton Cinema in Toronto. For more information about the event, click here.
And make sure to catch next month’s MUFF Society screening of Ginger Snaps on Wednesday, October 14! Cinefilles is co-presenting!