Unstreamable – Drop Dead Gorgeous [In-Person Only]

This event took place Dec 1 - Dec 3, 2023

$14 General Admission
$10 Student/Child/Senior
$7 NWFF Members

Michael Patrick Jann
1h 37m
Series - Unstreamable

Visiting Artist

** Unstreamable’s Jas Keimig and Chase Burns will introduce the opening night screening on Friday, Dec. 1! **


(Michael Patrick Jann, US, 1999, 97 min, in English)

A cutthroat beauty pageant in the heart of Minnesota where the stakes are high and the competition is deadly. It’s like Miss Congeniality meets Final Destination—but with way more hairspray.

The criminally underrated Drop Dead Gorgeous is a mockumentary-style dark comedy that follows a group of wannabe high school beauty queens competing in the Sarah Rose Cosmetics Mount Rose American Teen Princess Pageant. When a series of mysterious accidents start to eliminate the contestants, the girls’ eternally upbeat Minnesotan attitudes get put to the test. Can they continue to force positivity after a person poisons the queens? Or when someone gets stuck inside a burning pyre?

Released in 1999 and brilliantly written by Lona Williams, a beauty pageant survivor herself (she was Minnesota’s Junior Miss in 1985), the film stars a who’s-who of famous actresses, including Kirsten Dunst, Brittany Murphy, Allison Janney, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley, and Amy Adams, among others. Poorly received at its release, it’s grown a sizable cult following in the decades since, with top critics calling it their favorite movie. Now compared to dark comedy classics like Heathers or Election, Drop Dead Gorgeous has earned its place as one of the funniest movies of the ‘90s.

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