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Beautiful: Single working mom finds her way to stardom

Sally Field
2000 DVD

Why review a film from eight years ago when there are so many worth while films out today?
This film was not a wild and financially lucrative film in 2000. It was under rated and certainly not applauded for its message. But it is a film that I think should be seen, because it can make a difference in a woman's life.

The internet movie Database (IMDB) had one favorable user review that said it all:

"Don't believe the reviews!, 1 October 2000

Author: Ed Cohen from Philadelphia, PA

'The contrast between the newspaper reviewers who clobbered "Beautiful" and its generally favorable bulletin board comments is extreme. The movie I saw is funny, entertaining, and has something thoughtful to add to discussion of gender politics, as well as to the various earlier films about beauty pageants.

 "Beautiful" asks whether or not it is OK to continue having beauty pageants, and yet drop the requirement that the participants have refrained from motherhood, thereby straying from the pageants' vestal virgin ceremony origins. "Beautiful" answers in the affirmative, since that way pageants may yet have value in the personal development and empowerment of young women. If they are done with a little common sense, pageants need not be about objectifying or patronizing women"

Maybe the film wasn't as funny as one might like, maybe the plot was too obvious and the message spelled out a little too clearly but the truth that it spoke resonates with every American woman today as it did when the film was made. Sally Field is a serious film maker, social commentator and to trivialize her life's work is a serious mistake. Women are still deemed unable to lead, to fight, to win. And this prejudice might best be addressed if not with Hilary Clinton's bid for the presidency then through film
This is a true family film, single working mom finds her way to stardom in a male patriarchal society. Don't miss it.

Linda Z
WBAI Women's Collective

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