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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
By reading the reviews contributed by "ordinary" people, the ones who pay to go and see the films, i was not at all suprised to see, that for the most part, they were positive. This film is thoroughly enjoyable and utterly hilarious. Yes, its not the number one movie of all time... but it does it claim to be.
This movie is all about fun. The actors aren't afraid to poke fun at themselves, and in return for their efforts, are rewarded by getting a chuckle out of the audience. The script is blessed with witty dialogue.. and some of the one liners, have to be heard to be believed, especially those Michael Cain ( who plays Bullock's pageant coach ) has the luck to deliver.
Of course with the on-screen chemistry between Bullock and Bratt,the romance angle is well covered. As too, is the action, and if you look quick enough, you might even spy a dramatic moment or two...
Overall, this is a most delightful, uplifting comedy, that delivers when it comes to laughs. Caine is at his comedic best, Bratt gives it his all, and Bullock shines.
No, "experts", you are quite right, it's not brain surgery.
Its a movie..and a brilliant one at that.
It's almost like the original premise was: The Butch and the Beauty but someone wimped out and watered down the core idea until it's a mish-mash of tired one-liners and a tacked on love story.
Listening to the audio commentary by self-absorbed writer Marc Lawrence and a plucky Bullock, one gets the idea that the failure of this valiant, too long, but still entertaining film is not enough passes in the screenplay and a creative producer (Bullock) who lost control of the basic concept. Besides Lawrence, Katie Ford and Caryn Lucas are the other credited writers. The non-direction is by Donald Petrie. Beware of their names on a movie. (Color, Widescreen, 110 Minutes, Dolby Surround, Rated PG-13)
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Arrived promptly and as advertised: new and unopened. perfect condition.Published 8 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 on March 17 2014 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
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