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Miss Congeniality (Deluxe Edition)
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Studio: Warner Home Video Release Date: 11/11/2008 Run time: 110 minutes Rating: Pg13

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

Customer Reviews:

  • vampire Heart
    I have both movies Miss Congeniality and they are funny comedys. I love Sandra Bullock as an actress.I have other movies she has done and they are also great....more info
  • Miss Congenialty is fluffy and sweet
    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. If you don't care for Sandra Bullock, then don't watch this movie.

    I'd rank it "right up there" with Love Potion #9.

    :)

    Kristine...more info

  • my acting teacher
    said that this is just a version of Pig Million which was a play by Shaw. A lot of peole don't know that so they liek th is movie, but if you know that then you know that Pig Million is a better drama....more info
  • homage to hallowed heroine legends
    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" fame (forever to suffer the "Graduate" Identity- clone in form and style. Amazing actor....more info
  • Miss Congeniality
    One of a group of fine movies starring Sandra Bullock.....she was great along with Michael Caine and Benjamin Bratt....well worth viewing.....with Michael Caine and Benjamin Bratt not being in the sequel, it took the chemistry out of it....and did not come up to the excellence of the original plot....the chemistry between these stars was missing, also William Shatner and Candace Bergen were exceptional in the comedy.......more info
  • A Great Chick Flick
    I'm a guy and I'm not normally a fan of chick flicks. However, I am a fan of this movie. It was pretty funny and a good mixture of some other things that really make it work.

    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. Bullock looks great in the film and there are plenty of things that you will find funny.

    Guys go get your girl and watch this film. Heck, everybody go get this film because it's an awesome movie. I was quite impressed with it and im not ashamed to say I own it. It's a great film that can be enjoyed by all....more info

  • girls night movie
    i didnt like it at first, but now one of my faveys. recommended for a fun night with a big bowl of popcorn....more info
  • Just Love this gal! Sandra Bullock is just wonderful in every part she plays!
    This gal could do a movie standing on her head and I'd love it. She is one of my favorites. She is a gifted actor. She is funny and plays the comedian and yet can take being humiliated like water off a duck! She can be serious and tug at your heart. She is talented enough to meet it all. I have just about movie she performs in. She's a trip...literally! ...more info
  • Hilarious comedy of the ugly duckling turning into a swan
    FBI agent Gracie Hart (played by the fantastic Sandra Bullock) is a real tomboy. In her own words, "I don't own a dress, I don't even own a brush". Yet when a letter comes from a serial criminal calling himself The Citizen, threatening the Miss United States pageant, FBI Agent Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt) must find an undercover female field agent under thirty-five who looks good in a bikini and isn't on Maternity Leave. His only choice boils down to Hart, who's violently reluctant to take the assignment. She becomes Miss New Jersey, the FBI finding out and ready to expose the original winner because of her appearance in an "adult film".

    They notify the pageant director Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergan) and pageant Master Of Ceremonies Stan Fields (William Shatner) to assist them in fixing the pageant so that undercover Gracie makes it into the top 5. But Gracie needs a lot of polish before taking on the assignment. Kathy Morningside puts Matthews and Hart in touch with Victor Melling (the amazing Michael Caine) who is a long time, respected pageant consultant. Victor has only 24 hours to make tomboy Gracie into a beauty queen. Miraculously, Victor accomplishes his task, muttering to himself, "My God, I'm good!".

    Once undercover, Gracie discovers that both Stan Fields and Kathy Morningside have been fired, the pageant wanting to cater to a younger audience and use younger public figures. When the DNA evidence suggests a woman licked the Citizen's envelope, Gracie suspects Kathy Morningside. But the Citizen is caught halfway through the pageant, and FBI director MacDonald (Ernie Hudson) wants to pull all the agents off the case. Grace refuses, knowing deep down that something is wrong and the girls are in danger. She continues alone, without her badge and gun, to capture whoever it is threatening the girls; who've gotten underneath her tough exterior and become her friends.

    The cast of 'Miss Congeniality' is what makes the movie such a success. Bullock and Caine work well together, each delivering superb performances. The humor is light and frequent, so the show keeps you laughing all the way through. This is one of my favorite comedies, being a hardcore Sandra Bullock fan. It's very difficult to make Sandra Bullock "ugly", and the decision to go with "tomboy" instead worked very well. "Where am I going to put my gun?" Gracie asks, after finally accepting the assignment, and being told she HAS to wear the bathing suit. "Nowhere I want to know about," answers Matthews.

    A little piece of trivia from the IMDB database: the dress that Sandra Bullock wore when she's coming out of the hanger was made out of rubber bands; when it was off, the whole dress fit in the palm of her hand. Sexy! This is a hilariously funny movie with a sweet touch of innocence, yet it manages not to become saccharine. It's a great pick-me-up if you're feeling blue. Even though I'm a horror movie buff, you have to cater to your lighter side every so often. I highly recommend this movie; it's definitely worth a purchase. Enjoy!
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  • AND THE RUNNER UP IS...
    This is a moderately entertaining, if forgettable, comedy. It showcases Ms. Bullock's comedic talents, if nothing else. The premise of the film revolves around the need for an FBI agent to go undercover as a contestant during a beauty pageant, due to intelligence reports that indicate that the pageant may be subject to a terrorist attack. Before she knows it, FBI agent Gracie Hart, a tomboyish, klutzy, and nerdy female, who snorts when she laughs, is assigned to the job. A beauty pageant coach, deliciously played by Michael Caine, is assigned to turn our erstwhile beast into a beauty. He succeeds admirably, as he has a lot with which to work.

    Ms. Bullock plays her role with somewhat ham handed determination. Still, she manages to charm. Her supporting cast, which includes Benjamin Bratt, as her fellow agent and potential love interest, and Candace Bergen and William Shatner, as the pageant hosts, act as comedic foils. The pageant contestants also provide a number of light hearted screen moments. This is a comedy that is easy enough to enjoy, though predictable, as long as one's expectations are not inordinately high....more info
  • "Gracie Lou Freebush? My IQ just dropped ten points."
    Sandra Bullokc can turn her hand to almost anything, but she sticks to a tried-and-true formula, of what she does best: act like she probably does in real life! Ditzy, clumsy, funny - the list goes on. Wouldn't it be nice to see Sandy in a horror movie? Nice little something to add to her CV.

    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). There's some terrific songs, including the most memorable scene, whilst "Mustang Sally" plays. Directly after the make-over scene, when Gracie first emerges as Hot Gracie, and everyone gets to see her for the first time, she wears a dress. Made entirely of rubber bands., Gracie emerges while "Mustang Sally" plays loudly. Wearing a dress that is made entirely out of rubber bands. When she held the "gown", it could fit in the palm of her hand. It also looks like she's pretty much poured into it! (The lucky thing)

    This movie is terrific. It does normally upset me. The girl changes her whole image and gets the guy, so it could be seen in a very sexist way, that the guy (in this case, Benjamin Bratt) changes her. I don't like that whole section of the film - although it pretty much IS the film! This is definitely in my top five movies....more info

  • great movie for sandra bullock
    I'm not the biggest fan of Sandra Bullock but this my favorite movie with her in it. It has action, comedy and it keeps you on the edge of seat till the very end. I didn't care to much for Benjamin Bratt(Law & Order)because personially he isn't a very good actor. I liked Candice Bergin's performence(Boston Legal) because she can just make it interesting. I would recommend this movie for anyone looking for a good movie....more info
  • Miss Congeniality? Miss Fabulous!
    I purchased "Miss Congeniality" as a birthday gift for a friend. We had so much fun watching it together. There is action, comedy, romance, and just good clean fun. Sandra Bullock is outstanding! A better gift I couldn't have gotten. ...more info
  • Deft Comedy
    Miss Congeniality took me by surprise. Sandra Bullock in a chick flick about a beauty pagaent? Come on...

    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.

    For such a girl-power movie, the male characters are just as funny. I really liked Gracie's FBI boss Eric (Benjamin Bratt) whose romance with Gracie is beyond cute because it's not based on emotional games that exist purely to keep them apart (in this genre- usually involving a bet)- but on growing attraction that's both physical and intellectual. Michael Caine co-stars as the pagaent consultant who gives Gracie the make-over. He's a delight to watch in whatever he's in- it's Michael Caine for chrissakes! But virtually my only complaint surround the treatment of his character's homosexuality, which is subtly homophobic, unfunny, and should have been ommitted.

    Unlike a lot of comedies nowadays, Miss Congeniality's biggest belly laughs don't arrive via post-modern irony or crude sexuality. The movie is funny in a 40's slapstick way...when physical comedy and charismatic unpredictable personalities were funnier than farts and pop culture references....more info

  • Sandra Bullock is a savvy movie maker
    Let's give Sandra Bullock credit where credit is due:

    - She's a savvy businesswoman. Not only is she the star of 'Miss Congeniality' (and the subsequently released 'Two Weeks Notice'), she produced it as well. Sure beats audtioning for the part. This is a smart actress who has leveraged her box office power. And more power to her.

    - She's the finest physical comedienne working in film today. An example: her head-long dive off the stage while dressed as something resembling a milk maid (and playing a tune on water glasses, no less) is a thing of beauty.

    - She knows what she's good at and works the formula. Bullock teamed for the first time with writer Marc Lawrence in 'Congeniality.' They clicked. The movie resonated with audiences. Knowing a good thing when they saw it, they developed the equally funny 'Two Weeks Notice.' Now, look for the as-yet-untitled 'Miss Congeniality' sequel in 2005.

    As far as the movie itself, I know from asking around that this is one of those films that was a real pleasant surprise. It really exceeds expectations, both in terms of the quality of the comedy and the sweetness of the story. A lot of that can be attributed to Sandy Bullock's very high likability quotient. But Ben Bratt is very good here, too. And getting Michael Caine to appear is a real coup. In the transitional makeover scene, he steals the show with great lines like this one: "Eyebrows: There should be two."...more info

  • I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    I enjoy most comedies. When I feel stressed, depressed -- or good, for that matter -- I like to watch funny movies.

    And this one was a lot of fun to watch. It was a real mystery -- they're trying to find and stop a killer who is threatening a beauty pageant. Sandra Bullock's character, a dedicated but bumbling FBI agent, is sent in to solve the case. And her "cover" is to be Miss New Jersey. All of her adventures and mishaps come together to find the person who wants to blow up the pageant.

    I doubt that you'll find any deep, philosophical messages in this movie. But if you want a lot of laughs and fun, this movie is for you. It's a part made to order for Sandra Bullock, whose comedy talent I admire greatly. ...more info
  • ...AND THE RUNNER-UP IS...
    This is a moderately entertaining, if forgettable, comedy. It showcases Ms. Bullock's comedic talents, if nothing else. The premise of the film revolves around the need for an FBI agent to go undercover as a contestant during a beauty pageant, due to intelligence reports that indicate that the pageant may be subject to a terrorist attack. Before she knows it, FBI agent Gracie Hart, a tomboyish, klutzy, and nerdy female, who snorts when she laughs, is assigned to the job. A beauty pageant coach, deliciously played by Michael Caine, is assigned to turn our erstwhile beast into a beauty. He succeeds admirably, as he has a lot with which to work.

    Ms. Bullock plays her role with somewhat ham handed determination. Still, she manages to charm. Her supporting cast, which includes Benjamin Bratt, as her fellow agent and potential love interest, and Candace Bergen and William Shatner, as the pageant hosts, act as comedic foils. The pageant contestants also provide a number of light hearted screen moments. This is a comedy that is easy enough to enjoy, though predictable, as long as one's expectations are not inordinately high....more info
  • A Congenially Good Time!
    Sandra Bullock shines as FBI agent, Gracie Hart, a clumsy Jersey girl whose penchant for standing up to bullies dates back to when she was a kid on the playground(Mary Ashleigh Green).
    We are introduced to the adult Gracie as she botches an undercover operation at a Russian restaurant, much to the dismay of her partner, Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt), and facing a subsequent reprimand from her boss, FBI Assistant Director, Harry McDonald (Ernie Hudson).
    Despite Hart's cock-up, Agent Matthews is selected to put together his own team to work on a case that takes them to the Miss United States Pageant in San Antonio, Texas, where they must quell a situation of potential domestic terrorism.
    They meet with Pageant Director, Kathy Mornigside (a cooly refined yet comically sinister Candace Bergen) and her co-host Stan Fields(William Shatner), who turn Gracie, who will go undercover as Miss New Jersey, over to pageant consultant Victor Melling(a sophisticated and sarcastic Michael Caine), who reluctantly grooms the unrefined Hart for her new role within the few days he has to complete the task.
    Under Victor's guidance, Gracie comes out looking like a contestant, but she still stumbles periodically.
    Arriving for the orientation luncheon, she is quickly befriended by Miss Rhode Island, Cheryl Frasier(Heather Burns), as well as Miss Texas Mary Jo Wright (Deirdre Quinn), Miss New York, Karen Krantz (Melissa De Sousa), Miss California, Leslie Davis( Wendy Raquel Robinson), and Miss Hawaii, Alana Krewson(Asia De Marcos), while struggling to keep her cover.
    We follow the agents through the welcoming banquets, rehearsals, Gracie's antagonistic coaching sessions with Victor, friendly encounters with Cheryl and the aforementioned contestants as Gracie helps boost Cheryl's occasionally waning self esteem, aggravation from Kathy's assistant Frank Tobin(Steve Monroe), mysterious threats from Kathy, nights out on the town with the girls, the improvisation of Gracie's talent performance(much to Eric's physical detriment), and misleading evidence before all is resolved, and despite nearly blowing her cover,we see Hart's gut instincts vindicated.
    But in just that brief time, we see Gracie Hart grow as a person, gaining a few grateful friends along the way.
    Viewers are in for a light and lively good time when watching this modern Cinderella story, and they'll find find themselves cheering for the underdog, and for World Peace.
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  • Excellent
    Bullock and Bratt make a great couple, too bad Julia dind't stick with him. A great movie!...more info
  • Miss Congeniality
    An interesting, if implausible, plot. The story is followable, which is often not true of contemporary films. The plot is well timed....more info
  • Great Movie
    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. I have a standard 25" TV and the borders on the top and bottom of the screen bother me. So I have stopped buying movies, I rent them (not often) or get them on pay per view and record them. This is NOT ideal but is OK until the industry understands that not everyone loves widescreen formats...more info
  • Miss Congeniality (Limited Deluxe Edition Includes "Miss Congeniality 2" Movie Ticket)
    We have rewatched this five times and it is still funny....more info