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Well made but not the edgy film some might hope for....
This "ABC Movie of the Week" installment is about a beauty pageant. However, if you are looking for a comedy such as "Smile" or "Drop Dead Gorgeous", you need to look further. And, if you want a film critical of pageants, you should also look further. Instead, it's a bit like a soap opera--with the lives and concerns of several of the contestants and contest officials played out for the folks at home. It's reasonably watchable but also easy to skip. Much of this is because there really is no edgy quality about the film...and you have all the usual caricatures (such as the girl with daddy issues, the activist, the angry black contestant, etc.). The only really interesting moment for me was Eleanor Parker's talk with the black lady who was ready to quit the pageant because she was sure the Miss American Beauty pageant would never allow a black lady to win. This little moment was lovely and had depth...just wish the rest of the film had these qualities as well.
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