Review Date: September 25, 2000
Director: Sally Field
Writer: Jon Bernstein
Producers: John Bertolli, B.J. Rack
Joey Lauren Adams
Hallie Kate Eisenberg
Add that to the embarrassing plot device used to get the mother and daughter together (I won't ruin it here, but it is one of the most nonsensical plot twists that I have ever witnessed in a movie), the pathetic acting performance given by Joey Lauren Adams (the thought of her prison "confrontation" scene still makes me cringe), the extreme disservice that this film does to all beauty pageants and the pseudo-lesbian undertones, and God-oh-mighty, how the heck did this one get past the guards at the gate?!? The smartest person in this whole film is a 7-year old kid, who manages to say all the right things, while the only man in the script is a child-molesting drunk? Yeesh! C'mon ladies, are we really that bad? Director Sally Field also paces the film all wrong. Too much time is spent on the childhood, the film goes on for too long, and without a proper line between humor and drama, the film just dies all around. And what's with Minnie looking like a transvestite in the final "talent" contest? Yikes! And that dress! Ugh. Bad decisions all around! But when the lead character can be described in three simple words, bee-a-tch, you know the movie isn't gonna touch many hearts. Men, stay away, and I mean FAR AWAY from this one. And women...stay away also. But if you do decide to go, please just do me one favor: DO NOT BRING YOUR KIDS TO THIS FILM! The lead is an egotistical, selfish, lying phony who will give your loved ones nothing but bad advice and offensive moral values. Actually, you might want to take them in order to show them what NOT to become in their lives! I gave this movie one point because of the lovely Bridgette Wilson, who looked real pretty in the film. Other than that, a complete and utter waste of time. I'm gonna go brush my teeth now.
Having done a little bit of research into the screenwriter of this film, Jon Bernstein, I found that he had only written one other movie project before this one. Do you want to guess what it was? It's actually a perfect companion piece to this film...Jerry Springer's RINGMASTER (2/10)! Oh my...Jon...please...for the love of God and all that is good and sacred in this world and in screenwriting...put down the pen and concentrate your life on something else. You're "hurting" the world by writing movies.