Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)

Drop Dead Gorgeous Quote: “Jesus Loves Winners” – Becky Ann Leeman

Is everyone fair game when it comes to comedy? What if the person lampooning an oppressed group is a member of that group? Does it change if it’s a mockumentary?

Listener Justin M. knew he was stirring up trouble when he commissioned 1999’s “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” a movie that looked at “Clueless” and said, “Hold my beer.”

Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Denise Richards, Amy Adams, and Kirstie Alley had Ash and Big in tears with laughter. But Gene was just sad watching the film mock the poor, small-town folk, young women, the intellectually disabled, and people with eating disorders.

In the debate, the Shat Crew also discussed gun culture, gross-out humor, and the original ending of “Drop Dead Gorgeous,” which was much, much darker.

Plot Summary: “Drop Dead Gorgeous” An annual beauty pageant in small-town Minnesota turns ridiculously competitive and ultimately chaotic in this biting comedy. Amber Atkins (Kirsten Dunst), the daughter of hard-drinking mom Annette (Ellen Barkin), and Becky Leeman (Denise Richards), who is motivated by her former beauty-queen mother, Gladys (Kirstie Alley), are among the top contenders in the event. As Amber, Becky, and other local girls prepare for the big day, bizarre incidents occur, leading up to an ending with a bang.

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