Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Director: Michael Patrick Jann
A female-led comedy before Bridesmaids made it cool again, Drop Dead Gorgeous sends-up the fuss around, and the people who participate in, beauty pageants. The humour is broad, and takes obvious swipes at hypocritical Christians, overly-sexed girls, US gun laws, and Mid-West America. I did find it funny, particularly the first half; the ending unfortunately felt haphazard.
The real joy here is the cast of young women, which includes Amy Adams, Brittany Murphy, Kirsten Dunst, and Denise Richards. They more than hold their own alongside Kirstie Alley, Allison Janney, and Ellen Barkin. The mockumentary format alludes to This is Spinal Tap Christopher Guest films, though this is not as good as Spinal Tap; it is not as straight-faced in its delivery.
This reminded me of Pitch Perfect in its approach; it shows that women can do broad comedy just well as men.