MISS CONGENIALITY

Funny, but Flawed

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Release Date: December 22, 2000

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine,
Benjamin Bratt, Candice
Bergen, & Ernie

Genre: Comedy

Audience: Older teenagers & adults

Rating: PG-13

Runtime: 117 minutes

Distributor: Castle Rock/Warner Bros.

Director: Donald Petrie

Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Marc lawrence &
Ginger Sledge

Producer: Sandra Bullock

Writer: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford &
Caryn Lucas

Address Comments To:

Barry A. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
Website: www.movies.warnerbros.com

Content:

(Ro, B, Pa, Ab, Ho, LLL, V, S, N, AA, D, MM) Mild romantic worldview of characters in an idealistic story with some moral elements of justice being served, pagan elements of eclectic behavior, character yells profanity then says prayer aloud to stay undercover, & 2 homosexual characters, one who states a pro-lesbian slogan; 12 obscenities, 7 profanities, 7 exclamatory profanities, & some sexual references; boy attempts to punch girl hitting post instead, girl punches, kicks boys, woman throws a fit by kicking & slamming things, explosions, woman slaps man on back of head, man choking, men point guns at each other, man holds knife to woman’s throat, struggle with guns, & scenes of punching & kicking for defense; some references to sexual activity among girls & talk of intentions for fornication; upper male nudity & some skimpy clothing; bar scene, alcohol use & drunkenness; smoking; and, joking about bulimia & character plots destruction.

Summary:

In MISS CONGENIALITY, a female FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who’s just “one of the guys” is chosen to go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant. Though the case she has been assigned to is tough, the tougher task will be her ability to pull it off. This is an entertaining movie, but beware of a mild romantic worldview, plenty of foul language and other questionable content.

Review:

A female FBI agent (Sandra Bullock) who’s just “one of the guys” is chosen to go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant in MISS CONGENIALITY.

Gracie Hart (Bullock) is an FBI agent who is in trouble with her boss. Forced to do deskwork, she can’t help but give advice to the leader of an investigation, Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt), on a case involving a letter from a known bomber. This advice, though not acknowledged, is a great help to the team. When the letter’s true message is decoded, it is discovered that the bomber’s next target is the Miss United States Pageant. Needing someone to go undercover, the team sifts through potential female FBI agents, but to no avail. Then, on a whim, Eric considers Gracie for the job. Though she refuses at first, Gracie realizes that it is better than her current position.

The team heads to Texas, where the pageant will be held. There, they meet the head of the pageant, Kathy Morningside (Candace Bergen), and the pageant’s host, Stan (William Shatner). Eric and Gracie go over their intentions for handling the event with Kathy and Stan, telling them that an agent will be going undercover to accomplish the task. The real task, however, is transforming Gracie, who’s a bit rough around the edges, into a beauty queen.

All involved are skeptical about the idea being convincing so Kathy recommends “Vic” (Michael Caine), who has worked with many girls preparing for pageants. He meets Gracie and immediately refuses. He later decides to take on the task, however. Slowly, the change takes place, not only on the outside, but on the inside, too. Though the task starts out as something Gracie resents, she learns things that not only open her mind, but her heart as well.

MISS CONGENIALITY is a movie that takes its audience into a silly whirlwind of beauty pageants, exposing its truths and misconceptions. The storyline moves along, though snagging on a few silly plot points and “bumbling” villains. However, it is Sandra Bullock who plays her role as Gracie with spunk and hilarious facial expressions. It is these things that add to the silliness of the movie, but take away from any semi-dramatic scenes.

Despite the movie’s many laughs, however, there are some questionable elements that blemish it. Things brought to the surface, such as one character’s abrasive treatment of another and Gracie’s personal struggles, are never explored, a defect which seems to keep things on a level that is more silly than funny. This is an entertaining movie, but beware of a mild romantic worldview, plenty of foul language and other questionable content.

In Brief:

Sandra Bullock stars in MISS CONGENIALITY, where she plays Gracie, a female FBI agent who’s just “one of the guys.” Gracie is chosen to go undercover as a beauty pageant contestant, but she needs a makeover. Though the case is tough, the tougher task will be for her to pull it off.

MISS CONGENIALITY takes its audience into a silly whirlwind of beauty pageants, exposing its truths and misconceptions. The storyline moves along, though snagging on a few silly plot points and “bumbling” villains. Sandra Bullock plays her role as Gracie with spunk and hilarious facial expressions. It is these things that add to the silliness of the movie, but take away from any semi-dramatic scenes. Despite the movie’s many laughs, however, there are some questionable elements that blemish it. Things brought to the surface, such as one character’s abrasive treatment of another and Gracie’s personal struggles, are never explored. Even though the movie is a comedy, these defects seem to keep things on a level that is more silly than funny. This is an entertaining movie, but beware of a mild romantic worldview, plenty of foul language and other questionable content.