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Beautiful Girls (1996)

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A piano player at a crossroads in his life returns home to his friends and their own problems with life and love.

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Ted Demme

Writer:

Scott Rosenberg
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Matt Dillon ... Tommy 'Birdman' Rowland
Noah Emmerich ... Michael 'Mo' Morris
Annabeth Gish ... Tracy Stover
Lauren Holly ... Darian Smalls
Timothy Hutton ... Willie Conway
Rosie O'Donnell ... Gina Barrisano
Max Perlich ... Kev
Martha Plimpton ... Jan
Natalie Portman ... Marty
Michael Rapaport ... Paul Kirkwood
Mira Sorvino ... Sharon Cassidy
Uma Thurman ... Andera
Pruitt Taylor Vince ... Stanley 'Stinky' Womack
Anne Bobby ... Sarah Morris
Richard Bright ... Dick Conway
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Storyline

New York based jazz pianist Willie Conway heads back to his small hometown of Knights Ridge, Massachusetts for a high school reunion. The trip is as much to go to the reunion and see his old friends - none of whom left Knights Ridge after graduation - as it is to get away from his current life, at which he is at a crossroads both personally and professionally. He is just eking out a living with his piano playing gigs, and as such he is thinking about taking a sales job. He's also not sure if he's ready to marry his long time girlfriend, lawyer Tracy Stover. Most of Willie's Knights Ridge blue collar friends' best days were in high school, they still having that "trophy" mentality of girlfriends and wives. Only Michael "Mo" Morris is happily married with a family. Paul Kirkwood, whose room is plastered with magazine pictures of models, wants his waitress ex-girlfriend Jan back only because he knows now that he can't have her. And Tommy "Birdman" Rowland, who was the big man in high ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

good times never seemed so good

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language and nude pin-ups | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 February 1996 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Brincando de Seduzir See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$10,597,759
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The Afghan Whigs make a cameo appearance in the film. Lead singer Greg Dulli was a good friend of director Ted Demme. See more »

Goofs

Paul's windshield wipers while plowing Jan's driveway the first time. See more »

Quotes

Marty: Two words not in her vocabulary: lunch money.
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Connections

References The Geraldo Rivera Show (1987) See more »

Soundtracks

Suffering
Written by Shawn Smith, Regan Hagar, Cory Kane & John Hoag
Performed by Satchel
Courtesy of Epic Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Forget the plot, this is about characters and relationships
10 September 2015 | by grantssSee all my reviews

Not overly profound, and the conclusion is somewhat incomplete, yet overly neat, all at the same time.

But somehow it works.

A movie really just to sit back and absorb the characters and relationships. A great nostalgia piece, Big Chill-like.

All-star cast, though some weren't stars yet: Matt Dillon, Timothy Hutton, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, Michael Rapaport, Natalie Portman (14 years old at the time), Lauren Holly, Annabeth Gish, Martha Plimpton, Rosie O'Donnell, David Arquette, Noah Emmerich.

Great performances all round.


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