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Date: Jan 11 2001


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Miguel, Tanis and Zach are talking about the movie “Beautiful Girls.” There’s some confusion about whether it’s a holiday movie or not. The movie is set in a small town in upstate New York where a group of friends get together for their 10-year high school reunion. There are some complex issues in their relationships that need to be sorted out during the movie. Willie (Hutton) becomes fixated on a young, but very mature girl who lives next door.


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Migs:  Well, you know what? This friend of mine sent me “Beautiful Girls” in the mail. She actually sent it for my birthday, but it just arrived in time for the holiday season.

Zach:  So wha… so… so what?

Migs:  So what? That’s my favorite holiday movie.

Zach:  That’s not a holiday movie.

Migs:  It is a holiday movie. The guy goes home for Christmas, right?

Zach:  No, he goes home for a high school reunion. It’s not a holiday movie.

Tanis:  No, I think he goes home for Christmas. Oh no it is… right.

Zach:  No, he goes home for a high school reunion. Remember they’re all…

Migs:  But, still there’s snow They’re ice skating. It’s like, it’s a holiday theme, I think.

Zach:  Well, it doesn’t matter ‘cause it’s a good movie anyway.

Tanis:  Well, I thought that was a good movie, but it did make me a little uncomfortable. His obsession with the young neighbor girl.

Zach:  Oh yeah. But, he didn’t do anything. It was just like… um, I don’t know what was that?

Migs:  It was flirtation. But, I mean, who could blame him. Natalie Portman’s hot!

Tanis:  She was 12!

Migs:  Well, that’s a good point. But, still she was a very, um, intriguing 12-year old.

Tanis:  I agree.

Migs:  And you know “Romeo and Juliet.” Juliet was only, like, 13 or something, right?

Tanis:  Yeah, and Romeo was 14, not 24! (laughter)


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Beautiful Girls (1996) is about a group of 20 somethings at various stages of commitment in their relationships. It is set in a blue-collar town. There are many elements of drama and comedy in the movie. It deals with the question of “Why do we think there is always something better for us out there?” The characters, especially the male ones, can’t appreciate the things they have until it’s too late. Have you seen this movie? Would you like to comment on it? Come to the “Movie Madness” message board and ask them! From the front row, Zach



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Cote D'Ivoire

I already find it intriguing!!!

01:14 PM Aug 31 2015 |


Russian Federation

the greatest delusion of life is that sth or someone will bring us happiness. nothing can make you really happy but yourself and the moment you live in.

11:33 AM Jun 14 2009 |




Why do we think there is always something better for us out there?very convenient question..

08:23 PM Mar 20 2009 |

Benjamin Elizondo


Nice lesson, i haven't watch that movie altough is  old, i think i will try it this week , i like natalie portman.

01:29 AM Mar 20 2009 |





I' happy to start with this lesson, and it is very

easy to read and under stand.

08:57 AM Mar 04 2009 |

naresa girl



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09:52 AM Jun 20 2008 |


United States

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05:11 PM Jan 30 2008 |

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