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Miss Congeniality: Deluxe Edition
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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.
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moments.most of those amusing moments come from Michael Caine,with a
few laughs from William Shatner.the plot is simple.Federal Agent Gracie
Hart(Sandra Bullock)has to go undercover as a contestant in the Miss
United States beauty pageant as her latest assignment.i won't give away
the reason for this particular assignment.but i will say that Gracie is
a tom boy with no idea of how to be a pageant contestant.the words
couth or grace,or elegance are not a part of her vocabulary.this is
where Victor Melling (Michael Caine)comes in.it's his job to mold
Gracie into someone resembling a pageant contestant.Caine gets the most
laughs for the whole movie.other than him and William Shatner,the movie
is nothing special.for me,Miss Congeniality is a 3/5
She exec-produced this, and along with Marc Lawrence, had an instant hit. Then she did Two Weeks Notice. I'm sorry, but the magic was lost. And teamed with Hugh Grant? Bad move. Personally, I'm looking forward to the sequel, not due out until next year mind you. Not quite sure what the sequel could be about. The ending of this doesn't exactly scream out "Make a sequel to me!" now does it?
I'll always love this movie. Hell, I'll love anything, even if it's bad, that's about an ugly duckling turning into a swan (Never Been Kissed, She's All That, and a few more). The transformation from unkempt Gracie, to HOT Gracie leaves you wanting that team working on you! (Although, her eyebrows were a bit OTT and very much fake) And also, teaming Sandy up with the lovely Benjamin Bratt was fabulous!
THe extras on this DVD are pretty much average. You've got your obligatory (hehe) trailer, and behind the scenes features, which also show one or two deleted scenes! (I hate it when they do that) But of the one commentary I've watched of a movie, this one is the best. Sandy & Marc just seem to laugh right the way through it. (Unlike some commentaries, that just brag about how brilliant the cast/scenery/extras/location/ducks/blade of grass are) And when you re-watch the film, you'll remember certain parts of the commentary (I always remember Sandy saying about Frank Tobain's little dance, when they all walk out on stage for the first part of the beauty pageant)
The soundtrack is also terrific (I own it).Read more ›
A madman is threating to blow up the Miss USA pageant. The FBI must stop it so they send in an undercover agent Gracie Hart(Bullock) to see if it is an inside job. Gracie is nothing of a beauty pageant contestant and would rather spend time with her boys at the FBI like her boss in this mission Eric.(Bratt) She has to look the part of the contestant so she hires Victor(Caine) to help her. He being the expert that he is in this field has three days to turn the ultimate slob tomboy into a beauty queen. Despite all of that Gracie must figure out who is the inside man and save the pageant.
The movie works pretty well one of the main reasons is the great cast.
Sandra Bullock is terrific in the film. It's amazing what makeup can do to a woman. She is so believable and unattractive as the tomboy. When she comes out though decked out and they have Tom Jones "She's A Lady" playing you really have a big draw dropper. She put a lot of energy into the part and she also produced it. She believed in the project and it was a big success because of her.
Michael Caine was awesome in the film. His character in the movie is a homosexual and Caine takes the part and runs with it. He is believable as the pageant expert. Caine is such a great actor because he can play with emotions. He goes from serious to flamboyant all the time in this movie and its fun. It's a fun character for him and he's fantastic in the film.
Guys you will want to watch the movie for the girls. There are a ton of beautiful woman in it. Almost all of the actresses who play the contestants are gorgeous woman.Read more ›
But this movie genuinely emanates a levity and gayness that is completely absent from most mainstream chick flicks nowadays.
Sandra Bullock is very funny and winning in the main role of Gracie Hart, an FBI agent who hides behind a coarse and ironic demeanor to mask her shyness and lack of friends. When a terrorist threatens to overtake the Miss USA Pagaent, Gracie is nominated to go undercover as Miss New Jersey, which involves a stunning transformation from ugly to pretty.
Most films that include such a physical transformation (She's All That; The Princess Diaries- to name a few) usually have their rote heroines whip off some geek chic glasses to become what they already are: gorgeous. Here, Bullock actually does risk being truly unattractive- donning greasy hair, furry eyebrows, and disgusting personal habits. It's hard not to admire Bullock's plunge into that which all movie actresses must fear: frumpiness.
Bullock also finds time to dig beneath the appearance and find a character. As chick flick heroines go, Gracie seems like a real person- one whose only defense against her fears is sarcasm and a pint of Ben and Jerry's. As much as I laughed at Gracie's social ineptitude, there's just enough going on internally that connects us to our heroine.
Once Gracie, now "Gracie Lu Freebush" (it's funny in context, I swear) actually enters the pagaent, the movie becomes truly hilarious. Gracie befriends a variety of contestants- and each are so funny and likeable that you feel like you're at a sleep-over where no one, including yourself, stops giggling. The movie captures the best aspects of all-female bonding.Read more ›
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Arrived promptly and as advertised: new and unopened. perfect condition.Published 2 months ago by Mary
If you like Sandra Bullock this has to be seen. It's funny and smart with some sass mixed in! LovePublished 23 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
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