Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality

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Director: Donald Petrie

Cast: Donald Petrie, Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt

     
 

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Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent with a reputation for being aggressive and hard-nosed, who has long wanted to duplicate the career of her deceased mother, also an FBI agent, who died in the line of duty. Her cantankerous nature, though, has made her few friends, excepting her trusting, sensitive partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt). However, her true

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Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is an FBI agent with a reputation for being aggressive and hard-nosed, who has long wanted to duplicate the career of her deceased mother, also an FBI agent, who died in the line of duty. Her cantankerous nature, though, has made her few friends, excepting her trusting, sensitive partner Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt). However, her true abilities are put to the test when she is called upon to infiltrate a Miss United States pageant after a terrorist threatens to bomb it. Gracie, who prides herself on her toughness, must now feminize her behavior to effectively participate in the pageant with the aid of Victor Melling (Michael Caine), a pompous consultant who dreams of whisking away Gracie's past self and creating "Gracie Lou Freebush" for an appreciative, all-American audience. After her arduous conversion, Gracie must play the role of beauty queen and FBI agent, and try not to blow her undercover outfit. Miss Congeniality, which was produced by star Bullock, features television stalwarts William Shatner and Candice Bergen in supporting roles.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Karl Williams
Following a long string of financially disappointing films, Sandra Bullock attempted a return to star status with this glossy, effective action comedy that she also produced through her company Fortis Films. If the script for Miss Congeniality is too by-the-numbers, predictable, and preprogrammed, it also makes exuberantly satirical use of its main idea of a butch FBI agent undercover at a beauty pageant, sending up that world's participants with relish. Particularly noteworthy are vigorous, funny supporting performances from Michael Caine and William Shatner as longtime pageant veterans suffering the vagaries of their profession with good humor and wit. When Bullock turns on her high-wattage charm, as she does here, she earns her status as an alternative Julia Roberts. (Indeed, her vibrant acting quickly earned her a Golden Globe nomination.) With a smidgen more edge and a dash of extra attitude -- perhaps casting her as a lesbian instead of a red-blooded heterosexual -- Bullock's film might truly have been a classic comedy. But in the hands of director Donald Petrie, who's overly friendly with the lowest common denominator, the watered-down final product is too eager to please. At its core, however, Miss Congeniality is an entertaining farce that prevails in its chief effort -- putting Bullock back on the mainstream map.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/15/2005
UPC:
0012569431928
Original Release:
2000
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
1:50:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; Sneak peek at Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous; Do You Have What It Takes to Be a Beauty Queen? quiz hosted by William Shatner; 3 additional scenes; 2 commentaries: Sandra Bullock & co-screenwriter Marc Lawrence; director Donald Petrie; 2 documentaries: Preparing for the Pageant and The Pageant; Theatrical trailer

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Michael Caine Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt Eric Matthews
William Shatner Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson McDonald
John DiResta Agent Clonsky
Candice Bergen Kathy Morningside
Heather Burns Cheryl "Rhode Island"
Melissa DeSousa Karen "New York"
Steve Monroe Frank Tobin
Stephen Bruton Bartender

Technical Credits
Donald Petrie Director
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Sandra Bullock Producer
Denise Chamian Casting
Susie de Santo Costumes/Costume Designer
Katie Ford Co-producer,Screenwriter
Scott Grossman Choreography
Barbara Haberecht Set Decoration/Design
Raymond Kluga Art Director
Laszlo Kovacs Cinematographer
Peter Larkin Production Designer
Marc Lawrence Executive Producer,Original Story,Screenwriter
Steffan Olsson Songwriter
John Pritchett Sound/Sound Designer
Steve Schnur Musical Direction/Supervision
Ellen H. Schwartz Asst. Director
Edward Shearmur Score Composer
Ginger Sledge Executive Producer
Billy Weber Editor

Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Young Gracie Intervenes. [2:08]
2. Grownup Gracie Intervenes. [4:51]
3. Official Business. [4:07]
4. Antisocial Engagement. [4:10]
5. Undercover Candidates. [4:43]
6. Wrestling With the Idea. [2:25]
7. The New Entrant. [2:39]
8. Gliding With Dirty Harriet. [4:58]
9. Beauty Without Mercy. [4:14]
10. Nice Work. [2:38]
11. Aloha, Fellow Contestants. [3:09]
12. Amazing Grace. [2:17]
13. Cheryl's Talent. [3:59]
14. What's Gracie's Talent? [:13]
15. Good Cover. [2:14]
16. Gun Crazy. [2:42]
17. Between Us Girls. [2:54]
18. They're Gonna Love You. [2:24]
19. Swimsuit Time. [4:38]
20. A Hardened Criminal. [3:08]
21. Girls' Night Out. [2:17]
22. Alone in the Right Place. [5:01]
23. A Gift From Victor. [3:27]
24. States on Parade. [3:46]
25. Top-10 Finalists. [3:52]
26. Just Us vs. Frank. [1:59]
27. Her New Talent. [3:21]
28. The Final Five. [3:17]
29. Brief Shining Moment. [2:16]
30. Crowning Moment. [1:57]
31. It's a Date. [4:30]
32. Miss Congeniality. [2:21]
33. End Credits. [2:38]

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Miss Congeniality 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 51 reviews.
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This is a very funny movie that kept me laughing throughout. It's almost slapstick comedy. Sandra Bullock does great physical humor in it that I've never seen her do before. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
how can anyone not love sandra bullock. she is so cute. anyways this movie was fantastic. i had such a blast watching it. she is the most hilarious actress around. going from nerd to beauty queen was the funniest. i would recommend this movie to anyone. 5 stars all the way
Guest More than 1 year ago
This Movie was so funny,it was none stop laughin'. How she went from the tough tom boyish look, to tha sexy modle look. That was tha funniest part. I HIGHLY recommend this movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Sandra bullock, but seeing this movie just set it all the way! Sh really knows how to make you laugh. Highly reccomend this movie. you'll especially love the Starbucks scene! Enjoy!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Congeniality is one of the most fun and most underrated films in recent times.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Sandra Bullock's movie Miss Congeniality was great! It was good to see Miss Bullock in a comedic role. She was very funny and I hope she does more films like this! My favorite part was when she had the orientation meeting, but the whole movie was funny. Rent it today if you haven't seen it, it's off the hook! Trust me!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sandra will drive you insane with her sexy body after she gets a makeover. With Benjamin Bratt as an FBI agent, Sandra is sent in to the Miss United States Beaty Pagent as an undercover FBI Agent. From an ugly and tasteless worm to a heartwarming and hot supermodel, Sandra is a big HIT!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Sandra Bullock was fantastic!! She is a regular comedienne!! I couldn't stop laughing and I had such a blast watching this film. I highly recommend ignoring the critcal reviews and checking it out for yourself!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've seen all of Sandra's films and this is by far the most funny and well done of all of them. Most of the time I'm very critical of movies, but I couldn't find anything that I didn't like in this one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miss Congeniality is by far the best film I've ever seen! Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt made it an absolute hit! With Snadra Bullock's natural talent and Benjamin Bratt's cuteness it's a quick two thumbs up!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You'll wish you were in Sandra's shoes! This movie is a definite for any Sandra and Benjamin fan. The two really make the movie believable and you're glued to the screen waiting to see how their relationship blossoms with funny antics and jokes that put a different face on Law & Order's Det. Curtis, still a law man in this movie. The Snicker bar sceen is very funny! Oh and ''...maybe we can go out on a date after you become ugly again'', says Bratt to Bullock after the two catch the bad guys.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the most awful movie I have ever seen. I couldn't even make it through half of it. Terrible acting, one of Sandra's worst movies.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The movie is really great and I would recommend it to all who are fans of Sandra Bullock like myself so get up and head to the store to buy this great movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the best movie I've seen in a while. I've watched a million times and I still not sick of it! This is definately a chick flick. You've got to watch it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is really awesome! Sandra Bollock plays an FBI agent who doesn't even own a brush. She is forced to go undercover in the Miss USA pagent. This movie is HILARIOUS! definatly a chick flick
Guest More than 1 year ago
This blockbuster hit really brings her back up the ladder, where she deserves to be. It is well acted, and the script is hilarious, a must see! Even if your not a Sandra Bullock fan this will make you one. You will laugh your butt off!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really love this movie. It is just so funny, as many times as I've seen it, I still watch it. I love Sandra Bullock anyway and this is just one of her funnier ones. The whole idea of going undercover in a beauty pagent. Loved IT!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite movie. i really recomend that everybody watch this movie you will laugh your butt off. i have watched this movie so many times and i never get tired of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i've seen this movie more than 10 times and i still love it. If chickflicks are your thing you will not stop laughing!!! You have to rent this movie it's so good!!!Sandra Bullok is HILARIOUS!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think Miss Congeniality is one of the best movies I've ever seen. I've seen it at least three times, and I love watching it everytime. You could classify this as a chick flick, but I'm a guy and I love it! There is just something so touching and romantic about this movie, like the times she teases, ''You think I'm pretty....'' I just love this movie and I'm not ashamed to admit it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Hi i would like to tell every1 who hasent seen miss congeniality how mad they are!!!it is a brilliant film and really funny!!!! wouldn't it b gud if there was a sequel????
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Sandra Bullocks best movies. She plays an undercover cop at a beauty pageant. It is a must see movie.