Jesus loves winners. and 20 years later, we still love Drop Dead Gorgeous.
In the latest movie anniversary to make you truly feel the harsh, cruel and unjust passing of your youth, Drop Dead Gorgeous, the beauty pageant satire starring Kirsten Dunst, Denise Richards, Kirstie Alley and Ellen Barkin, came out on July, 23, 1999.
The dark teen comedy, written by former beauty pageant queen Lona Williams and directed by Michael Patrick Jann, was like if Miss Congeniality and Heathers had a baby that grew up and went through a goth phase. And while it's gone on to become a beloved cult classic over the years, ridiculously quotable and full of before-they-became super-famous stars, Drop Dead Gorgeous was a box office disaster and critic punching bag when it came out 20 years ago in the middle of the teen comedy gold rush that was 1999. It wasn't the most popular, sure, but it was one of the "most smartest" and was way ahead of its time.