“A spirited lark that’s shot through with enchantment.” - Rolling Stone
In this adaptation of Beth Henley's play The Miss Firecracker Contest, Holly Hunter is Carnelle, a Mississippi girl whose sole reason for being is to enter beauty contests. Unfortunately, Carnelle’s reputation for promiscuity is too well known in Yazoo City for her to be considered a serious contender for the Miss Firecracker competition. In the days before the contest, she attempts to rally around her those people who might enable her to win, including her cousin and idol, former Miss Firecracker Elain (Mary Steenburgen). One of Holly Hunter’s most perfect performances, supported by other greats including Scott Glenn, Tim Robbins, and Alfre Woodard.