A young woman from a poor and unloving family aspires to become a beauty queen, and will do anything to realize her dream in this comedy/drama. Friends, relatives, and especially her little girl pay a price for her self-centeredness, until life (and the screenwriter) bring her face to face with her shortcomings.
Cattiness, self-absorption, bad family relations and sexual suggestiveness are the breeding grounds for humor and pathos in this wise but often gloomy film sharply directed by actress Sally Field. While it does not mock beauty contests, it does poke fun at those so absorbed in their life’s dreams that they miss out on life. Unfortunately, the inclusion of several crudities, the comical implication that a stepfather attempted to molest his stepdaughter, and the peppering of offensive language make it impossible for Dove to approve this film for family viewing.