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Never Mess With An Agent In A Dress.
Gracie Hart is a tough-as-nails FBI officer. When her office receives a letter from a terrorist going by the alias "The Citizen", they figure out that he's planning his next act at the Miss America beauty pageant. Because Hart is the only female officer at her office, she's chosen to go undercover as the contestant from New Jersey.
I really hate that I haven't watched a movie in a while and this is all I have logged! I'm home for Christmas in the U.S. and while at my brother-in-law's parent's house, this was what we ended up watching, much to my displeasure.
Miss Congeniality is terribly predictable and incredibly pointless but it still manages to not be the worst of the worst, you just can't help but love Sandra Bullock, well, at least I can't help it.
I loathe to think of what the sequel is like though and I can guarantee I will go out of my way to avoid it.
GET THOSE JUDGING EYES OFF ME!
It's awfully predictable, cliched, and the script isn't exactly a home run, but the charisma and comedic timing of Sandra Bullock, lots of fun supporting performances (especially Michael Caine and William Shatner), great chemistry, and some quite hilarious moments, makes Miss Congeniality really work in the end.
Fluffy, schmaltzy, and incredibly predictable. However, it's funny enough and well paced enough to pass the time for 105 minutes and is a nice diversion for when you've only had three hours sleep the night before.
Typical, clichéd, predictable, cheap movie of the 2000's. I still don't know how both Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine agreed to do this. There is like, no real plot at all, and the script is too unfunny and uninspired, not really knowing what it wants to do with its poor characters.
What's the point of having this movie be about an undercover detective if there is not "detective-ing" going on AT ALL? It's just pointless. This whole movie was pointless. Cash-grab would be a good word to describe this, but I honestly prefer the word shit.
Too bad that talent got wasted in this piece of crap. Sandra Bullock tries her best to make it work, but unfortunetely, it isn't enough to save this childish, lazy script.
You know something's wrong when White Chicks is a better movie that the movie you directed...
A dobar je film, što sad :( Sandra Bullock je dosta tsundere, par dobrih jokes ima i tako. Ostale picice misice bi tribale biti malo bolje picice i pokazati cicice.
I'm finding the equation "Sandra Bullock = wait for video" truer every day. The flick takes on the already beaten to death and then some subject matter of beauty pageants. There are a couple of funny moments, mainly due to Michael Caine and his quest to be in EVERY movie ever, but the rest is horrible slapstick. This film has the WORST forced romance I've ever seen between Benjamin Bratt and Bullock, it's not just bad it's insultingly bad. The film also has this very unsettling misogynistic tone through out the duration, even more odd when you figure in Bullock as a producer.
Nate's Grade: C-
(written December 2000)
A lighthearted fish-out-of-water comedy spliced with a silly beauty pageant satire. It's entertaining, and Sandra Bullock creates what might be her first real character that isn't just a cute or put-upon girl. She is three-dimensional, not just putting on an affectation.
The writers do a smart thing by concentrating almost exclusively on Bullock's transformation from frumpy tomboy to hot babe. But there is that plot, which has to eventually surface and take the movie away from what it's really "about" to tie up loose plot threads.
Although the plot is dumb and irrelevant, it isn't bad enough to kill the film in any way. It's a cute "romp" with plenty of broad comedy -- physical and verbal -- that I forgot about by the time I got to the car.
THE GIST: Sandra Bullock stars as Gracie, an FBI agent who's latest mission requires her to pose as a Miss USA contestant, despite her extreme lack of familiarity with anything poised and prissy. The film, directed by Donald Petrie and written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas features some hysterical moments and great performances from Bullock and Michael Caine. The script is an inventive, yet somehow generic twist on the classic Pygmalion story that is at first a bold feminist comedy and then melts into a romantic comedy we've seen time and again. The film doesn't benefit from a somewhat outrageous setup, straight out of a bad James Bond plot.
THE BEST PART: Gracie's interaction with the other contestants, often operating in two completely different worlds.
THE VERDICT: It may not be a definitive classic, but the comedy and characters in MISS CONGENIALITY override some of the weaker parts to make it a superior mainstream comedy.
I love Michael Cain
Watchable comedy about a beauty pageant that is being sabotaged - mainly by the FBI agent trying to save it.
The overall proceedings are predictable and weakly written, with a mixture of moments which aim to empower women, while others are demeaning. Still, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine and Benjamin Bratt are likable enough to add some charm in their roles.
- Transformers: The Movie
- Home Alone
- Blade Runner
- Mabel's Strange Predicament
- The Plastic Age
- The Adventures of Prince Achmed
- Anna Christie
Good movies written and/or directed by women, arranged by year. Will continually add more as I see them. Click "Read…
- The Duchess
- A Field in England
- Memories of Matsuko
- Dead Man
Thanks for your help, Lily!