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''Drop Dead Gorgeous'' is a 1999 BlackComedy {{Mockumentary}} about a small town beauty pageant in Minnesota and the murders surrounding it. In much the same vein of BlackComedy as ''Film/{{Heathers}}''.

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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdamWesting: Adam West kicks off the first scene.
* ADateWithRosiePalms: Hank is apparently masturbating during one of the Judges' interviews.
* AnAesop: Subverted by the characters themselves.
--> '''Loretta:''' You stop right there. You are a good person. Good things happen to good people.
--> '''Amber:''' Really?
--> '''Loretta:''' No. It's pure bullshit, sweetie. You're lucky as hell, so you might as well enjoy it.
* AlliterativeName: Amber Atkins, Annette Atkins, Lars Larson, Lester Leeman, etc.
* AmericanAccents: The Minnesota/Northern Plains accent is very prevalent, helping to play up the smalltown atmosphere.
* AnvilOnHead: Jenelle [[spoiler: goes deaf after a light is dropped on her during rehearsal]].
* BadBadActing: Former pageant winner Connie Rudrud shilling for Saint Paul Pork Products.
** "What IS... Soylent Green?"
* BareYourMidriff: Doesn't go very far, but Amber's shirts are a bit short.
* BeautyContest: Duh
* BettyAndVeronica: Amber vs. Becky over Brett. It didn't end well.
* BilingualBonus: The first time we meet Molly's adoptive family, the Howards, their daughter's dialogue in Japanese is not translated. She says: "Dad, Mom, when are we going back to Tokyo? I hate it here, they put butter on EVERYTHING!"
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Becky and Gladys
* BlackComedy
* BlatantLies: The police, after some ''thorough'' investigating, find that all of the deaths are just accidents that happened through very convenient coincidences and are totally not deliberate murders.
** "What? Oh, my God. Lights, camera, and me without a stitch of makeup on!"
* BrainlessBeauty: Leslie
* BrickJoke: "Are we on Series/{{COPS}}?"
** "Nice one, . You know is dead!"
* ChattyHairdresser: Annette
* ChekhovsSkill: The first scene at the Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club has Becky not aiming for the center of the human-shaped target, but rather, for the area right above the target's right eye. [[spoiler: Cue the morgue, and Amber pulls back the cloth to reveal...]]
* ContrivedCoincidence: Everybody at the Minnesota State Finals getting food poisoning, except for Amber.
* CrapsackWorld: Mount Rose, Minnesota to be exact.
* CreatorCameo: [[TheVoiceless Judge #3]] is writer and producer [[TheDrewCareyShow Lona]] [[TheSimpsons Williams]].
* TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch: The murders are ruled out as accidents. No one is fooled.
* CuteAndPsycho: Becky
* DawsonCasting: Various grades. DeniseRichards was old enough to be going to her ten-year reunion.
* DirtyOldMan: John Dough, one of the judges.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Tammy's rides on her [[FreudWasRight dad's thresher]].
-->"But I know for a fact Tammy only [[SmokingHotSex smoked]] after a good drive."
** And Leslie's running her hand up the Washington Monument replica on her head during the opening number of the pageant.
* DopeSlap: Harold and Hank exchange a few.
* DumbBlonde: Leslie. Arguably Annette, although she's more BookDumb.
* {{Eagleland}}: Parodied with Gladys' uncreative ideas for pageant themes.
* EccentricTownsfolk
* EverybodySmokes: Including a pharmacist, a pregnant teenager, the entire fire department, and people in a hospital.
* EvilMatriarch: Gladys Leeman.
* TheFakeCutie: Becky.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: "Jesus loves winners." And Becky is ''very'' intent on winning.
* FluffyFashionFeathers: There is a cape trimmed with white feathers, and a dress with a white feather neckline.
* FreakOut: All contestants of the national ''American Teen Princess Pageant'' (Save for Amber) go through this when [[spoiler: they find out the company has been shut down.]]
* TheFundamentalist: Downplayed, but still present. While no one character is particularly fundamentalist, we do see that the town's Lutherans are very outspoken about how much more moral and traditional they are than the 'sin cities'. [[{{Hypocrite}} Then all the murders start happening.]]
* FunnyBackgroundEvent: Hank goofing off behind his brother, and Leslie making out with her boyfriend behind Amber.
* GenerationXerox: Gladys hopes for one with Becky winning the Mount Rose pageant, as she did before her.
* GenkiGirl: Lisa.
* GilliganCut: Amber's hesitant, uncertain naming and spelling all the United States in alphabetical order cuts from a tentative "Arizona?" to Amber confidently naming and spelling West Virginia.
* GodwinsLaw: When Amber is told her outfit is too skimpy for the pageant, she says "this is... This is Nazi Germany".
* GroinAttack: A rare female example occurs during dance practice. Poor, poor Tess...
* HairOfGold: Amber.
* HalfwayPlotSwitch: The first half of the movie is build-up to the pageant. Then the pageant happens...and there's still a half hour of film left.
* HappilyAdopted: Molly, but to the detriment of their biological daughter, who's practically ignored.
* HollywoodToneDeaf: Averted - Becky doesn't screech or slide tones randomly, she's just ''awful'' at singing.
* HonestJohnsDealership: Lester Leeman is a sleazy furniture salesman.
* IllGirl: Dangerously underweight reigning Miss Mount Rose Mary Johanson, who is in Inpatient, wheelchair bound, and struggles to breathe. It's highly implied her anorexia was triggered by competing in the pageant.
* InformedAbility: Both subverted and {{Lampshaded}} at the same time. Becky's dance is depicted as genuinely awful, despite Gladys' efforts to play up its quality. The subversion comes with Amber's dancing, where most of the complicated routines were performed by a body double. Oddly enough, KirstenDunst also began learning tap dance to perform some of the basic sequences herself, and is still tapping more than a decade later.
* InnocentInaccurate: Tess: "Spike, my German shepherd, [[ReleasedToElsewhere he went to live with a nice family on a farm]] after he attacked me..."
* KarmicDeath: [[spoiler: Becky]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Becky doesn't take it too well when Brett shows an obvious attraction to Amber... [[spoiler:so he ends up with a bullet in his head.]]
* [[MisterExposition Miss Exposition]]: The cutaway to Iona Hildebrandt, who helpfully explains what lutefisk is.
* {{Mockumentary}}: With a few exceptions the whole movie is shown as a documentary about the beauty contest.
* NationalStereotypes: The Howards, despite doing everything they can to naturalise themselves to Minnesota, are one Japanese stereotype after another. The only reason there was such close up footage of [[spoiler: Becky's float exploding]] is because the dad [[JapaneseTourist can't put down the video camera.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job [[spoiler: blowing up your own daughter]] due to your own carelessness, Mom!
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: [[spoiler: Gladys's attempt at revenge against Amber inadvertently leads to Amber getting her dream job.]]
* OhCrap: Becky, just before [[spoiler: she gets blown up]].
* [[OnlySaneMan Only Sane Girl]]: Amber isn't as dorky, awkward, dumb, or as backstabbing as the other contestants save for Molly. Loretta is this for the adults.
* PickOnSomeoneYourOwnSize: Gladys Leeman eventually develops a major hate-on for the teenage Amber Atkins, her daughter's main rival in the pageant.
* PinballProtagonist: Amber.
* PoliceAreUseless: The cops don't see anything suspicious about the various deaths.
* PoliticallyIncorrectVillain: He's not quite villainous, [[spoiler: that's his wife]], but Lester Leeman is pretty sexist, and throws out racist remarks against Jews, Mexicans, and black people in most of his appearances.
* PrettyLittleHeadshots: [[spoiler: How Brett is killed.]]
* PunBasedTitle: Murders surrounding a beauty pageant!
* PunnyName: John Dough.
* QuirkyTown
* RichBitch: Gladys and Becky, the Leemans being the richest family in Mount Rose. [[spoiler: It's implied that Gladys has bought the police off to literally get away with murder.]]
* RunningGag: Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club, Lutheran orphanages, the world's oldest living Lutheran, and so on.
* SirSwearsALot: The Mayor's first appearance.
* SmallTownBoredom: Amber. Really, though, almost everyone hates living in Mount Rose.
* SpoofAesop: The preacher's eulogy for [[spoiler: Becky]], that the lesson of all this is "Buy American", after a Mexican-made parade float exploded.
* StageMom
* StepfordSmiler: Gladys and Becky. [[spoiler:The unstable kind.]]
* StylisticSuck: All over the place. The St. Paul Pork Products Ad, Soylent Green, Becky's cringe-fest of a routine... and that's just skimming the surface.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial: John Dough does this all the time.
* TradeSnark: Sarah Rose Cosmetics
* TheUnfavorite: Lisa is implied to be this in her family.
** Molly's sister.
* VillainousBreakdown: [[spoiler:Gladys has one after Becky's death.]]
* VomitIndiscretionShot: Done over and over and over, to AlsoSprachZarathustra.
* {{Yandere}}: Becky. Boy, she sure doesn't want her boyfriend to look at anyone else...
* WhereAreTheyNowEpilogue
* WhiteDwarfStarlet: Gladys.
* WideEyedIdealist: A new nurse at the hospital. No one takes it well.

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