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   MISS CONGENIALITY (2000) 

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CAST
Sandra Bullock
Michael Caine
Benjamin Bratt
Candace Bergen
William Shatner
Ernie Hudson
John DiResta
Heather Burns
Melissa De Sousa
Steve Monroe

DIRECTED BY
Donald Petrie

PURCHASE


DVD




Time: 111 mins.
Rating: PG-13
Genre: Comedy/Romance/Action


SYNOPSIS: A bumbling female FBI agent is assigned to go undercover as a participant in the Miss United States beauty pageant when it is discovered that one of the contestants is being targeted for murder.

BOTTOM LINE: I'm almost ashamed to admit that I've seen almost every movie Bullock has made, though I'm glad I didn't pay to see this movie. While I didn't run out to see this, even with such a trumped up plot, it seemed to be a story that Sandra Bullock could make work. Unfortunately, even her innate charm couldn't overcome the horror/obviousness of the script. Granted it's not as unwatchable as 28 DAYS, but that doesn't mean you should run to the video store.

Bullock has built her career on playing characters who are lovable losers yet always find a way to come out on top/find true love; however, she steps over the ugly line here. Yes, she's supposesd to be a tough agent more used to using her brains instead of her beauty to get what she wants, but she's just so abrasive and charmless that it's hard to root for her success. It's funnier if she starts as a "diamond in the rough" so to speak (most women don't parade around like beauty queens everyday), in order for her transformation from hard-edged FBI agent to pageant contestant to be funny and stunning. Unfortunately, the film goes too far to believably bounce back.

It's fairly obvious who's behind the threat to the pageant from the very beginning, so there's no real mystery there. All we're really left with is seeing Bullock rebel against becoming a lady, which isn't at all amusing. Whoever thought pulling donuts out of one's brassiere was clever needs a serious sense of humor overhaul. There are some cute moments between Bullock and Bratt, but their relationship is mostly left unexplored, which is probably a good thing and a bit of a surprise considering its audience. Of course, if he only falls for her once she's pretty, he shows he's a shallow prick instead of Prince Charming, not a good role to play. Plus, the last thing this film needs is another subplot. If you're a fan of Sandy's you'll probably find enough comedy in this flick to make it worth your time. How this became such a big hit is the biggest mystery of this film.




"I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven't slept all night, I'm starved, AND I'm armed! Don't MESS with me!"

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