Miss Congeniality 2: Armed & Fabulous

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Overview

FBI agent-turned-reluctant beauty queen Gracie Hart played by Sandra Bullock is taking on both bad guys and high glamour again in this sequel to the comedy smash Miss Congeniality. After her undercover mission at the Miss United States pageant becomes public knowledge, Gracie becomes something of a celebrity, and the FBI uses her notoriety to generate positive PR for the bureau; however, Gracie would like to get back to some solid police work, especially after scuffling with fellow female agent "Sam" Fuller ...
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Overview

FBI agent-turned-reluctant beauty queen Gracie Hart played by Sandra Bullock is taking on both bad guys and high glamour again in this sequel to the comedy smash Miss Congeniality. After her undercover mission at the Miss United States pageant becomes public knowledge, Gracie becomes something of a celebrity, and the FBI uses her notoriety to generate positive PR for the bureau; however, Gracie would like to get back to some solid police work, especially after scuffling with fellow female agent "Sam" Fuller Regina King, who isn't impressed with Gracie. Despite their differences, the two find themselves working side by side when two of Gracie's pals from the pageant -- contest winner Cheryl Frasier Heather Burns and master of ceremonies Stan Fields William Shatner -- fall victim to kidnappers. As she did on the first film, Sandra Bullock served as both producer and star for Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, while director John Pasquin's credits include several episodes of the situation comedy George Lopez, also produced by Bullock.
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Special Features

Includes soundtrack CD; additional scenes; theatrical trailer.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
This amiable sequel to Sandra Bullock's 2000 blockbuster is predictable from first frame to last, but that doesn't diminish its appeal, or the appeal of its enormously likable star. Like many "number twos," it's not so much a sequel as a remake, repackaging and regurgitating all the gags and character bits that made the original so popular. Bullock's FBI agent Gracie Hart is still a fashion-challenged klutz her elaborate makeover in the first film notwithstanding, and her beauty-pageant stint has made her too easily recognizable to be an effective undercover agent. Gracie's already in hot water with her boss Ernie Hudson when the news comes in that her fellow contestant and current Miss United States, Cheryl Frasier Heather Burns, has been kidnapped along with pageant host Stan Fields William Shatner. Reluctantly teaming with a no-nonsense female agent Regina King, Hart heads for Las Vegas to search for clues. In one of many nods to the first Miss Congeniality, Gracie utilizes the talents of yet another gay stylist, this one played by Diedrich Bader; he's flamboyant to Michael Caine's fey, which makes him somewhat less effective with similar material. King's openly contemptuous FBI agent is a bit too grating, and without a Benjamin Bratt for sexual tension the two female agents eventually come off like a modern-day Lucy and Ethel. Bullock's turn in disguise as an elderly retiree is labored, and she rather overdoes Gracie's constant snorting and singsong dialogue delivery. But there's no getting around the fact that she remains one of the big screen's most endearing performers, and her substantial charm is more than ample to overcome what weaknesses the film has in scripting. Director John Pasquin Joe Somebody, obviously aware that he's helming a star vehicle, always keeps Bullock on center stage and fully exploits her considerable comedic talents.
All Movie Guide
Sandra Bullock's career has been quite a conundrum. America's sweetheart and an unquestioned A-lister, she nonetheless always comes up short, both critically and at the box office. So it should be no great surprise that her biggest post-Speed success has been a pair of middling comedies about an FBI agent undercover as a beauty queen, the first having grossed over 100 million dollars, hence triggering the production of a second. The heart and soul of Miss Congeniality was Gracie Hart's snort-laughing and socially maladroit ways, but those elements get pushed into the background of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. Perhaps not wanting to spend more time than necessary in Gracie's mannish wardrobes, Bullock sets aside the Gracie Hart persona, petitioning for a more Tracey Ullman role-playing approach to the proceedings. Toward this end, she spends the early scenes dropping brand names like a prissy perfume saleswoman, goes undercover in the middle as a kvetching retirement-home tenant, and finishes by playing, well, herself. The consequence is that the series switches from satire to buddy action comedy, with the fertile pageantry world survived only by the kidnapping victims, and it becomes more about the uneasy relationship between the suddenly meek Hart and her alpha female partner (Regina King). However it's categorized, there are enough laughs and sharp quips in Marc Lawrence's script to make Miss Congeniality 2 a good platform for Bullock's sympathetic goofiness, and her ardent fans should be pleased. But the fact that it barely made back its 45-million-dollar budget in ticket sales may not make it fabulous enough for a third outing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/21/2005
  • UPC: 012569720909
  • Original Release: 2005
  • Rating:

  • Source: Warner Home Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Presentation: Full-Frame / Includes CD
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 1:55:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Regina King Sam Fuller
Enrique Murciano Jr. Jeff Foreman
William Shatner Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson McDonald
Heather Burns Cheryl
Diedrich Bader Joel
Treat Williams Collins
Abraham Benrubi Lou Steele
Nick Offerman Karl Steele
Eileen Brennan Carol Fields
Elisabeth Röhm Janet
Molly Gottlieb Priscilla
Leslie Grossman Pam
Regis Philbin Himself
Lusia Strus Janine
Joy Philbin Herself
Marcelo Trubert
Stephen Tobolowsky Tom Abernathy
Dolly Parton Herself
Nancy Anderson Drag Club Dancer
Adam Austin Agent Austin
Audrey Berger Bar Patron #1
John Bitley Treasure Island Dancer
Tracy Elizabeth Blackwell Venetian Singer #2
Nate Bynum Reporter #2
Megan Cavanagh Shirley
Vic Chao Hills
Susan Chuang Tobin
Tim Clark Man In Crowd
Emy Coligado Gate Agent
Brendan P. Connor Attendant #1
Affion Crockett Attendant #2
Esteban Cueto Big Man In Bar
Patricia Andrest Davis Angela
Richard DeDomenico Bar Patron #2
Nicole DeLecia Drag Club Dancer
John DiResta Clonsky
James DuMont Man In Bookstore
Larry Edwards Patti Labelle Impersonator, Tina Impersonator #2
Alex Estronel Drag Club Dancer
Adam Le Fevre Bartender
Ida Flammenbaum Herself
Christopher Ford Jason
Emilio Giandomenico Venetian Singer #4
Eve Gordon Housewife #2
Kim Morgan Greene Housewife #3
Brad Grunberg Elizabeth Taylor Impersonator
Lonnie Henderson Tina Impersonator #4
Rachel Iverson Rachel (mcdonald's Assistant)
Wendall Jackson Tina Impersonator #1
Kimble Jemison Reporter #1a
Jasmine Jonas Young Woman
Dori Kancher Woman In Crowd
Brian Kehoe Treasure Island Dancer
Michael Kendall Reporter #3
Lloyd Kino Tourist Husband
Jayne Krashin Tourist Woman (venetian)
Susan Leslie Reporter #2a
Mark Llewellyn S.w.a.t. Team Leader
Dana Lorge Bar Patron #4
Marjorie Lovett Bank Customer
Alan Luzietti Liza Impersonator
Frank Marino Himself
Michele Martinez Drag Club Dancer
Jaayda McClanahan Drag Club Dancer
Thomas McGoldrick Regis Show Propman
Cameron Milzer Reporter #1
Faith Minton Housewife #1
Don Mirault Griffin
Bobby Newberry Tina Impersonator #5
Benny Nieves Tracking Agent
Scott Noonan Venetian Singer #1
William O'Leary Jenkins
Ayesha Orange Drag Club Dancer
Roxana Ortega Mrs. Gordon
Michelle Page Punk Girl In Bank
Tomasina Parrott Drag Club Dancer
Cynthia Pepper Tourist Woman
Russell S. Pernus Treasure Island Dancer
Don Perry Buster Harrison
Mary Anne Price Dolly Parton's Assistant
Sam Sadovia Treasure Island Dancer
Jeff Shelton Venetian Singer #3
Todd Sherry Dolly Impersonator
Max Shippee Young Man
Brian Shortall Rob Okun
L. Sidney Agent Clark
Rachel L. Smith Vegas Anchorwoman
Octavia L. Spencer Middle-aged Woman
Gregory Stenson Sniper
Fusako Stevenson Housewife Tourist
Randy Sutton Treasure Island Pit Boss
Mitchell Tannis Treasure Island Dancer
Boy Thomas Tina Impersonator #3
Jason Toohey Treasure Island Dancer
Sue Tripathi Cnn Reporter
Ivanan Trnik Bar Patron #3
Marcelo Tubert Roberto Fenice
Christian Vincent Drag Club Dancer
Audrey Wasilewski Mother In Bank
Mark Weinhandl Treasure Island Dancer
Technical Credits
John Pasquin Director
Maher Ahmad Production Designer
Deena Appel Costumes/Costume Designer
Christophe Beck Score Composer
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Sandra Bullock Producer
Gesine Bullock-Prado Co-producer
Andrew Cahn Art Director
K.C. Colwell Asst. Director
Garth Craven Editor
Randy Edelman Score Composer
Scott Elias Associate Producer
Nancy Foy Casting
John Houlihan Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel R. Jennings Set Decoration/Design
John Kirby Executive Producer
Marc Lawrence Producer, Screenwriter
Mary McLaglen Executive Producer
Peter Menzies Jr. Cinematographer
Greg Richman Art Director
James Tocci Set Decoration/Design
Mark Weingarten Sound/Sound Designer
Pamela Westmore Makeup
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- DVD
1. Bank Stakeout [3:21]
2. You're Gracie Hart! [2:30]
3. Their New Face [2:03]
4. Dinner Dateless [3:58]
5. Women's Role Model [3:55]
6. Like a Star [2:11]
7. Regis and Kelly [4:51]
8. Hair and Kidnapping Tips [3:36]
9. Balking at Instructions [2:54]
10. Cutting Remarks [3:17]
11. Presence of Royalty [3:17]
12. Excessive Force [2:29]
13. Gracie Calling [6:12]
14. Dolly's Big Fan [4:58]
15. Whom They're After [4:58]
16. Each Other's File [4:06]
17. Ida Visits the Home [3:10]
18. Swim With Sharks [2:09]
19. Jeff's Moment of Truth [4:06]
20. Heartless to Hart [2:31]
21. A Grip on Themselves [:33]
22. Uncramping Her Style [4:10]
23. Showgirl Agents [3:42]
24. Tina Takes the Stage [2:39]
25. We Need Your Car [5:54]
26. Slugging the Steeles [2:55]
27. Freeing Her Friends [3:49]
28. Snag in the Rescue [2:37]
29. You Got a Friend [1:57]
30. Mostly World Peace [4:41]
31. End Credits and Goofs [3:42]
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Menu

Side #1 -- DVD
   Play Movie
   Scene Selections
   Special Features
      Missing Scenes
      Theatrical Trailer
   Languages
      Spoken Languages: English 5.1
      Spoken Languages: Français 5.1 (Doublé au Quebec)
      Subtitles: English
      Subtitles: Français
      Subtitles: Español
      Subtitles: Off
Side #2 -- CD: Music From the Motion Picture
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Unecessary... Simply a cash-in for studios.

    An unbelievable plotline and shoddy acting shows that Sandra is struggling any way she can to make a quick buck. The reviewer before myself will never be anything close to "the ultimate movie lover" if he thought The Ring Two was a top film of 2005 or even slightly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Even better than the first one!

    This movie is one of the best sequels of 2005 next to "The Ring Two". I absolutely love this movie and I cant wait to buy it on DVD.

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