By DAVID WEINER
July 04, 2013
Can small-town girl Holly Hunter win the Miss Firecracker beauty pageant and make her escape from her dinky little Mississippi town? In this spunky 1989 indie comedy based on a 1984 play, Hunter delivers a winning performance as Carnelle, a woman whose lack of poise or grace is counter-balanced by her brash disposition. Thinking the pageant will be her ticket out, Carnelle learns that sometimes you can only rely on yourself when the chips are down. Mary Steenburgen, Tim Robbins, Scott Glenn and Alfre Woodard also star.