Once you get used to the "Fargo" accents, "Drop
Dead" will prove amusing and apt in accomplishing
what it sets out to do.
A mock-doc (feigned-documentary), this film spoofs
a teen beauty pageant in Mount Rose, Minnesota. The
documentary crew follows contestants and judges
through the days just prior and following the city
finals. To push things over the edge of silliness,
someone is knocking off (as in killing) potential
teen winners; hence the exceedingly clever title of
the movie. In fact, this may just be the most
appropriately titled movie of the year.
Some outstanding moments:
Contestants sport their "All-American"
Head-dressings, Mt. Rushmore, nuclear power (a
mushroom cloud), and finally a large ball of twine
atop the head of an unlikely winner who cries out, "I
think I misunderstood the assignment!" The ironic
coupling of religion, arms and teenage girls in The
Lutheran Sisterhood Gun Club. A past queen in all her
Hollywood stardom sells St. Paul pork products.
Anorexic reigning queen lip-sincs Melissa
Manchester's "Don't cry out loud" from her
wheelchair. And last but not least, the top
contestant tap dances to Industrial Rock music.
It's simply silly fun.