MovieRob’s Birthday Bash of Favorites 2021 (#27 of 48) – Beautiful Girls (1996) – Encore Review


January is my birthday month, so I decided that I would try and do something quite unique and special for this milestone in my life. I will be turning 47, so I decided to watch 48 (47+1 for good luck) of my all time favorite movies in a random order over the course of this month.  I have reviewed every one of these films already, but I will now give new perspectives on them all. Every one of these films received a 10/10 scoring from me.  Some of these reviews will contain spoilers so if you have never seen them before, I recommend that you read some of my previous reviews of the film that were spoiler free before reading on…

Hope you enjoy!

This is film #27 of the 48.

Let’s continue with… 

Initial Viewing Memories – Saw this in the theater when a friend suggested we see it. Was completely blown away by the premise and the chemistry between the whole cast which made things feel so realistic.  It’s such a great feel good movie that works so well.

“They’re all sisters. It’s one big conspiracy. Trust me.” – Paul

Number of Times Seen – At least 10 times (Theater in 1996, Video, DVD, 28 Nov 1999, 14 Jan 2014 and 18 Jan 2021)

Link to original reviewHere

Brief Synopsis – A man returns to his small town home for a class reunion while he contemplates his future on both a relationship and career level.

My Take on it – Amazing film that us so enjoyable to watch. The cast is superbly led by Timothy Hutton. The entire cast is perfect together and we can really believe that these characters have been close friends for decades. The various story lines work so well together and allow us to feel the realism of these characters and their plights as they contemplate their past and their future as their stories constantly intersect with one another in such an enjoyable way. The music is superb here and really enhances the cameradic feel of the characters and their lives.  The film has such a nostalgic feel and we get to see how former high school friends envisioned their lives and how they truly turned out due the normal passage of time.  Would love to revisit these characters once again even after 25 years because it’s so interesting and engaging to be in their company. Highly Highly Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was inspired by the experiences of screenwriter Scott Rosenberg when returning home to Needham, Massachusetts. During what he claimed was the worst winter for his hometown, he was waiting to see if his script Con Air (1997) was going to be produced and was getting fed up with writing action movies. Rosenberg cited that there was more action happening with his friends not wanting to accept that they were turning 30 or had commitment issues, which became the basis for Beautiful Girls (1996). (From IMDB)

Rating – Oscar Worthy (10/10) (no change from original review)

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