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Miss Congeniality (2000)
USA / English
"Unpolished. Unkempt. Unleashed. Undercover. "
An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.
Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Michael Caine Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt Eric Matthews
Candice Bergen Kathy Morningside
Ernie Hudson FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
William Shatner Stan Fields
John DiResta Agent Clonsky
Heather Burns Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island
Melissa De Sousa Karen Krantz, Miss New York
Steve Monroe Frank Tobin
Deirdre Quinn Mary Jo Wright, Miss Texas
Wendy Raquel Robinson Leslie Davis, Miss California
Asia De Marcos Alana Krewson, Miss Hawaii
Ken Thomas FBI Agent Harris
Gabriel Folse FBI Agent Jerry Grant
Director: Donald Petrie
Producer: Sandra Bullock
Writer: Marc Lawrence,Katie Ford
A good solid comedy for Sandra Bullock
It seems we have been getting our share of Beauty Pageant comedies lately (`Beautiful', `Drop Dead Gorgeous'). `Miss Congeniality' is by far the biggest production and the best of the lot. Sandra Bullock (who also co-produced) plays Gracie Hart, a homely FBI agent who goes undercover at the Miss United States beauty pageant to catch a terrorist who has threatened to blow up the pageant.

The story is funny and Bullock shows her range, proving to be an excellent comedian in addition to her proven talents as a dramatic actor. The writers poke the typical fun at pageants and contestants throughout the film, but they develop a conscience at the end when Gracie gets teary-eyed admitting what a great experience it was. There is plenty of silly slapstick humor. Bullock does her runway thing with aplomb, and her tongue firmly in cheek. Michael Caine is wonderfully droll as the beauty consultant who is given the impossible task of turning the ugly duckling into a swan.

Interestingly, this is not the first film where Sandra Bullock makes the beast to beauty transition. In one of her early films in 1991 (`Love Potion Number 9'), she plays a geek who discovers a love potion and turns into a knockout. That film was an early indication of her comedic talents, but she eschewed zany comedy for dramatic and romantic roles for many years after that. It is good to see her return to it.

This is a very light and entertaining film that is easy to watch and easy to forget. At over $100 million gross it had plenty of mass appeal. The comedy is silly but fun, and Candice Bergen, Michael Caine and William Shatner provide some terrific moments in supporting roles. I rated it a 7/10. It is a good, solid comedy.

Seen it:Nej
Nr of disks/tapes:1
Storage device:Divx 4
Imdb rating: 6.1
Musician: Ed Shearmur
Running time: 109 min
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