Looks does matter (and a lot too) if we observe the length it takes people, but I don't think it need not get overrated, nor is it more important than intellect. Both are important and somehow complements each other in getting things done. Beauty without brains ends up in the streets, brain without beauty stands a chance of becoming a wallflower, unnoticed and undiscovered. It is human nature, that what is pleasing to the eye gets us more interested and overlooks certain faults of the person if he/she is beautiful and handsome. This is where looks gets an edge over intellect or abilities. take for instance, the good looking pop stars getting elevated to heights more than their skills could bargain for. It only means one thing - Looks does matters. A person could do well in life if he/she is endowed with both.