"That's all they are: bottled promise. Scenes from a brand new day. Hope dancing in stiletto heels."
- Paul (MICHAEL RAPAPORT), about the posters of fashion model on his walls.
"If nice is London, they are Tokyo."
- Willie Conway (TIMOTHY HUTTON), about his parents.
"Do you know what your problem is' Madison Avenue, MTV and 'Playboy.'"
- Gina (ROSIE O'DONNELL), to a group of her male friends as they pass the magazine rack in a drugstore.
Premiere - 12/01/1996
"...Manages to explore some [new] territory..."
Rolling Stone - 03/07/1996
"...A quirky script by Scott Rosenberg and an appealing cast....Hutton and Portman make tender movie magic..."
Sight and Sound - 12/01/1996
"...Rosenberg has the knack for embedding his more soulful concerns in dialogue which has the rhythm and verve so admired in Tarantino..."
Variety - 02/05/1996
"...[Portman does] mesmerizing, quicksilver work....Hutton is easygoing and likable..."
New York Times - 02/09/1996
"...[The film] has warmth and good cheer....Buoyant..."
Wall Street Journal - 01/21/2011
"Natalie Portman is sensational....Clearly Ms. Portman is en route to stardom..."
In this post-coming-of-age comedy, a high school reunion in a small Massachusetts town gives a group of buddies plenty of opportunities to try and sort out their views about women and life. From the former stud-turned-snowplow operator to the aspiring nightclub musician who escaped to New York, these clueless cads can only hope for some female guidance.
"Beautiful Girls" takes place in a sleepy New England town, the bucolic home of a group of Generation X-ers involved in a number of romantic goings-on. The film takes a close look at the differences between men and women, particularly in matters of love, sex and relationships. Perhaps the most intriguing pair in the movie is Willie and his (female) neighbor Marty -- who's only 13. The streetwise, flirtatious Marty has a killer crush on Willie (who is intrigued by her), but both are well aware that she's "jail bait." The duo considers waiting five whole years for Marty to become of age... but can they really do that'
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A Woods Entertainment production.
Released theatrically in the USA February 9, 1996.
Filmed in Panavision; color by Technicolor; prints by DeLuxe.
Additional credits: Maria Baker (set designer) and Lucy W. Corrigan (costume designer).