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Miss Congeniality: Deluxe Edition (DVD) (O-Sleeve)
It's a good thing Sandra Bullock knows her strengths and weaknesses, because without Bullock as star and producer, Miss Congeniality would be an insufferable mess as opposed to being a mildly enjoyable trifle that is custom-made for Bullock's established screen persona. Only Bullock's fans could really appreciate this fluff (even then they'll wish its ripe premise had been more intelligently handled), but it's not without some highlights to accompany Bullock's reliable charms. Here she plays clumsy, nerdy FBI agent Gracie Hart, who is given the horrific pseudonym Gracie Lou Freebush (one example of the movie's juvenile tendencies) when assigned to infiltrate a beauty pageant to investigate threats of a terrorist attack.
Transforming Bullock from frumpy to stunning is a piece of cake (although she gives pageant coach Michael Caine a run for his money), so the movie's premise is trivial at best. More enjoyable is her character's uncouth disdain for pageant contestants and her mistaken perception that they're all a bunch of bimbos. The movie nicely charts Gracie's realization that her own pageant makeover provides a much-needed ego boost. In addition to Caine's effortless scene-stealing, pageant host William Shatner and organizer Candice Bergen are smart choices for comedic support (Shatner's a perfect Bert Parks wannabe), but the movie desperately needs a credible foundation for its comedy to really pay off. Bullock's bureau boss (Benjamin Bratt) is an unconvincing dimwit, and none of the plotting is as smart as say Beverly Hills Cop in combining procedure with laughs. That leaves Bullock to carry the burden of a comedy that just barely works in her favor. --Jeff Shannon --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
If you like Sandra Bullock this has to be seen. It's funny and smart with some sass mixed in! LovePublished 17 months ago by Tom Turvey
This is a feel good movie and I enjoyed Sandra Bullock's acting and humor. She is an exellent actress, one of my favourites. Read morePublished on April 27 2013 by Jacqueline Raney
Miss Congeniality DVD ~ Sandra Bullock is not the next idea for the noble peace prize. Then why bother with to much pretense. Read morePublished on July 8 2004 by B. Viberg
Sandra Bullock is one of America's best loved actresses for a reason - she is genuine, not fake. I have seen several of her movies, and I love them all. Read morePublished on July 1 2004 by L. Mintah
This movie ain't great art, and it's really pretty silly. Sandra Bullock is wonderfully charismatic, and saves what is really an ordinary, forgettable film. Read morePublished on June 17 2004
This is a great movie and I have it in VHS format, but WHY can I not get this, and other movies, in full screen formatting for DVD. Why is widescreen being pushed down my throat. Read morePublished on June 15 2004
notice the visual tributes to now classic cinema - this magnificent modern but truly beautiful Martha Ray(sic) becomes Katherine Ross of correctly 1974 "Stepford Wives"... Read morePublished on April 28 2004 by marie saydah sherer