Synopsis: Orphan Mary Katherine Gallagher, an ugly duckling at St. Monica High School, has a dream: to be kissed soulfully. She decides she can realize this dream if she becomes a superstar, so her prayers, her fantasies, and her conversations with her only friend focus on achieving super-stardom. Her big chance is a school talent contest; her main competition is Evian, the school beauty, who is dancing with Sky, the object of Mary Katherine's kiss dream. Mary Katherine gets some talent-show help from her fellow special education students, her grandma, and Jesus, and inspiration from secrets in her past. Watching are Sky, Evian, and a silent classmate.
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Director(s): Bruce McCulloch
Production: Paramount Pictures
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
81 min

"My life"

"Is ever so perfect"

"My life"

"Has been a bed of roses"

"And you might think I'm crazy"

"So what, if I am"

"My head is full of good things"

"Enough for everyone"


"ls all I see when I look at me"


"Everymother's dream"

"Day by day"

" Things just keep getting prettier"


" What a wondeful life"

"My life"

"is really quite simple"

"My life"

"is just what I make it"

"I think you think I'm seeing"

"Only things I wanna see"

"The truth is that I'm being"

"Who I wanna be"


"What a wondeful life"


"Things keep getting prettier"


-"Thinks keep getting prettier"

-"So pretty"


"My life, beautiful"

There are 2 different ways

of getting into a swimming pool.

The first way, you take your toe...

and you carefully test

the water's temperature.

And if that feels okay,

slowly get into the water,

letting your body

adjust to the cold.

Then there's the second way

of getting into a pool.

- Aah !

- You jump.

That's me, Mary Katherine Gallagher.

It's nice to meet you.

Okay. Now, they say that God

works in mysterious ways.

And in my case, very mysterious.

Anyway, this is my story,

and you should pay attention

'cause it's starting right now.

[ Coughing ]

- Are you all right ?

- Yeah, I'm fine. [ Coughing ]

Your birthmark looks like sh*t.

- So, you're okay?

- Yeah.


Aah !

I grew up in a little town

called Besamee Heights.

It's this really friendly place

where everyone likes to say "hi."


Hi there.

[Mary] I grew up in what people

called the ugliest house...

with the ugliest lawn

and the ugliest dog.

[ Growls ]

[ Squealing ]

My mom and dad died in this horrible

accident when I was a baby,

so my grandmother took care of me.

And my grandmother

was in an accident too.

Actually, most of my family

had gotten hurt at some point.

- We're sort of accident-prone.

- [ Groans ]

I'm off.

Now, my grandmother used to

always say that when I grow up,

I should become a business woman.

But I didn't really

think about business,

mostly because I couldn't stop

thinking about the one thing...

that I wanted more

than anything in the world.

A kiss. A big Hollywood

fireworks type of kiss.

So each night before I went to bed,

I would pray for God to help me.

And please, God,

send me someone to make out with...

and tongue kiss like this.

[ Slurping ]

Then one day

while me and my grandmother...

were watching some old movie,

it hit me.

There was only one way

I'd ever get what I wanted.

I would have to become

exactly like those people l saw...

getting kissed in the movies.

- I would have to become--

- A superstar.

Ooh, ah.

[ "Ave Maria" ]

This is St. Monica's.

It was the first place

I really thought l had a chance...

of making my dream come true.


The Lord's Prayer]

[ Whispering ]

Superstar !

- Amen.

- Shh.

-[Singing Continues]

- Sorry.

So I tried out for every star-making

activity that St. Monica's offered.

- Higher. Higher.

- Like ballet.

Ooh !

And my gymnastics tryout

didn 't go very well either.

- [Whistle Blows]

- [ Grunts ]

Whoa !

[Girls Laughing]

Evian Graham,

the most beautiful, most popular,

most bulimic girl

at St. Monica's.

Summer, Autumn,

I need your help.

- Yes, Evian ?

- Yes, Evian ?

We could either organize a walkathon

to fight multiple sclerosis...

or a bike-a-thon

to fight polio.

- What'll it be ? Hmm ?

- Hmm.

All the boys liked her.

I think because she had a nice body.

What are you looking at,

boobsweat ?

- Nothing.

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Molly Shannon

Molly Helen Shannon (born September 16, 1964) is an American actress who was a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1995 to 2001. In 2017 she won the Film Independent Spirit Award for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the film Other People. She has appeared in supporting roles in a number of films, such as A Night at the Roxbury (1998), Never Been Kissed (1999), How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000), Osmosis Jones (2001), My Boss's Daughter (2003), Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), and Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015). Her voice can also be heard in Igor (2008) and the Hotel Transylvania film series. more…

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