Cinema: A Pageant To Die For

Drop Dead Gorgeous is a hate letter to Minnesota

What should be put in a time capsule, the best of an age or the most brazenly typical? A Chuck Close painting or Drew Barrymore's gluteal tattoo? If you're looking for low familiar in a 1999 film, some concoction in which archetype meets stereotype, you might consider Drop Dead Gorgeous, a film that contains multitudes of better films in one disposable package. The other benefit of putting this instructively annoying dark comedy in a time capsule is that then no one would have to watch it.

A film team has come to Mount Rose, Minn., to document its annual Sara...

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