"Loopy Beauty Queen Action"
What You Need To Know:
As in the first movie, Sandra Bullock is dopey and charming as Gracie. Technically, she defies superiors and believes she has a better solution than the entire FBI team, but her defiance is more akin to Lucille Ball than being a traitor. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, which is what makes the difference at the end. Pleasantly dumb, MISS CONGENIALITY 2 will not please audiences as much as the first installment but is reasonably entertaining. The movie contains, however, a mixed worldview with Romantic and moral elements, as well as some homosexual stereotypes, including a cabaret show with drag queens.
(Pa, Ro, B, Ho, L, V, S, A, MM) Mixed pagan worldview with light Romantic element of the individual triumphing over the establishment and light moral elements about responsibility and loyalty, plus solid homosexual content includes a high fashion homosexual character and a cabaret show with drag queens; four very light obscenities and three uses of “Oh my God!”; comedic or slapstick violence includes bank holdup, cop shot in vest but not harmed, shylock smashes man’s head on a bar, thugs hold boss over ledge, FBI agents take target practice, bickering and shoving, a self-defense demonstration, kidnapping victims held at gunpoint, and light suspense when people are held underwater; sexual innuendo, plus some homosexual references; alcohol; and, gambling causes serious problems, kidnapping, and disobeying authority.
MISS CONGENIALITY 2 is a breezy comedy aimed at moms and their daughters.
FBI agent Gracie Hart (played by Sandra Bullock) is having trouble returning to her job as an undercover cop after a near-victory at the Miss US Pageant. The Bureau sends her out on a promotional tour, during which she sheds her nerdy image and becomes a little cocky. When Miss US and the pageant’s host (William Shatner) are kidnapped, Gracie gets in over her head trying to save them. Along for the ride is her aggressive new partner, played by the very likable Regina King.
As in the first movie, Sandra Bullock is dopey and charming as Gracie. She allows fame to make her obnoxious at first, but eventually her giving spirit wins out, and she works hard to save her friends. Regina King starts out quarrelsome and even violent, but duty and some strange bonding experiences make her open up and become friends with Gracie. The supporting cast, including Shatner, Treat Williams, and Diedrich Bader of THE DREW CAREY SHOW, are all funny and keep the plot moving.
The movie’s worldview is mixed, with some moral, Romantic and homosexual content, but more time is spent adding to the loopy chain of events rather than supplying the reasons the characters behave in a certain way. Technically, Gracie defies her superiors and believes she has a better solution than what the entire FBI team conjures, but her defiance is more akin to Lucille Ball than being a government traitor. She is fiercely loyal to her friends, which is what makes the difference at the end of the movie. One of the characters is a high fashion homosexual stereotype, although he does not make direct reference to liking men until near the movie’s end. The movie also features a cabaret show with drag queens.
Pleasantly dumb, MISS CONGENIALITY 2 will not please audiences as much as the first installment but is an entertaining way to fill up a night.