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by Dianna Ranere

MISS ARIZONA Arrives on DVD on 8/27

This post is sponsored by Foundry Communications

If you are looking for a fun, light-hearted movie then you need to check out Miss Arizona. Touted as an inspirational dramedy, Miss Arizona follows Rose Raynes (Johanna Braddy)who was crowned Miss Arizona — 15 years ago. Now a bored housewife trapped in a less-than-ideal marriage, she accepts an invitation to teach a life skills class at a women’s shelter. Digging out the relics of her pageant queen past, Rose attempts to share her platform speech with a room of four disinterested women dodging abusive exes.

But when trouble shows up at the shelter, what the women really need is for Rose’s shiny SUV to keep them out of harm’s way, so they embark on a wild, all-night adventure through the streets of LA. From a quick trip to the ‘drug store’ to an impromptu drag show (LOVED seeing Willam and Ginger Minj of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”), the women soon discover that inner strength, and a little help from your friends, can be the key to discovering who you are meant to be.
Inspired by the Women’s March in fall 2016, writer/director Autumn McAlpin ( Waffle Street, Shadow) and award-winning producer DeAnna Cooper worked together to assemble a cast and crew that were over 70% women and/or people of color as well as putting together an impressive all-female soundtrack with hits by musicians including P!nk, Lorde, Shania Twain, Donna Summer, MILCK, Kacey Musgraves and more, all of whom loved the pro-women message of the film.
  • Johanna Braddy (“Quantico,” “UnREAL”)
  • Robyn Lively (The Karate Kid Part IIITeen Witch)
  • Dana Wheeler-Nicholson (“Nashville,” Fletch)
  • Otmara Marrero (Crackle’s “Startup”)
  • Shoniqua Shandai (“I am the Night,” “People Just Do Nothing”)
  • Steve Guttenberg (3 Men and a Baby, Short Circuit)
  • Missi Pyle (Ma, Nobody’s Fool)
  • Willam and Ginger Minj of “RuPaul’s Drag Race”






Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun Times calls MISS ARIZONA, “a well-made first time feature” and says “thanks to some well-crafted dialogue and the strong performances, we can’t help but get choked up when the fish-out-of-water Rose finds her footing with the help of her unexpected new friends.” And Kimber Myers of The Los Angeles Times says, “Miss Arizona sparks — particularly with its spirited cast” and that “the of-the-moment message of women’s inner strength is laudable and empowering“.



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