Beautiful Girls (1996)

beautiful_girls3“You know how it is, the beginnings? When you first fall in love and you can’t eat, you can’t sleep and getting a call from her, it makes your day. It’s like seeing a shooting star.” – Willie Conway

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater in 1996, Video, DVD, 28 Nov 1999 and 14 Jan 2014)

Brief Synopsis – A group of friends in a small working class town reunite for their 10 year high school reunion.

My Take on it – A friend of mine named Jesse, dragged me to see this movie in the theater because he believed it to be so great.

I recall that we even got caught trying to bring our own food into the theater and got it confiscated [warm pastries 😦 ]

I was enthralled from the first few minutes of this movie.

The cast here is truly a director’s wet dream; Matt Dillon, Noah Emmerich, Annabeth Gish, Lauren Holly, Timothy Hutton, Rosie O’Donnell, Martha Plimpton, Michael Rapaport, Mira Sorvino, Uma Thurman, David Arquette, Sam Robards and a very young Natalie Portman.

The writing here is great and the characters truly seem to have been friends for such a long time that the chemistry is perfect.

The soundtrack here is great including the title song Beautiful Girls by Pete Droge and the Sinners. Hear it here.  There is even a scene where the cast sings Sweet Caroline by Niel Diamond.

The mix of story-lines that follow this close knit group of friends keep the viewer engaged and we constantly want to know what will happen to each individual storyline even though they crisscross paths throughout the movie.

But the best part of this movie is the feeling it gives you making you miss the days of old when you were part of a close knit group of friends who always had your back when needed and you theirs.

I’m sure not many of you are familiar with this little gem, but if you can, I suggest you check this one out.

Bottom Line – Amazing cast who really click here.  Great soundtrack. Engaging story-lines that keep intersecting and above all a movie that brings back nostalgic memories of a small close-knit group of friends from high school.  Highly Recommended!

Rating – Oscar Worthy


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8 thoughts on “Beautiful Girls (1996)

  1. This was released when I was a junior in high school. I remember seeing it with my very close knit group of high school friends. And I remember really liking it. I think we even walked around quoting it from time to time. 🙂

    But I haven’t seen it since and no longer talk to any of those high school friends. I barely remember the movie.

    Your review makes me think I should try seeing it again!


  2. It’s a great flick! One of my favorite parts lines is when Michael Rapaport’s character says: “You let her behind the curtain, I know you did. You never let them behind the curtain Will. You never let them see the little old man behind the curtain working the levers of the great and powerful OZ. They are all sisters Willie… they aren’t allowed back there… they mustn’t see.” There is a lot of fun dialogue in that film and I always found the cast list amazing. Good review!


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