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Miss Congeniality
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Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner
MPAA Rated: PG-13
Released By: Warner Bros.
Kiddie Movie: It's a cute movie, but don't bring them too young.
Date Movie: Dude's, you might laugh at this movie so when she makes you go, it won't be too bad.
Gratuitous Sex: Nah.
Gratuitous Violence: Gracie does some teaching of self-defense.
Action: Not really.
Laughs: Quite a few.
Memorable Scene: The pageant finals.
Memorable Quote: "I'd have to say April 25th."  I won't explain, it's just funny.
Directed By: Donald Petrie
Produced By: Sandra Bullock

Miss Congeniality
A Movie Review

MPAA Rated - PG-13

It's 1:51 Long

A Review by
The Dude on the Right
I think Iíve just gone nuts. About a week and a half ago I had a dream. In that dream was Sandra Bullock and she told me that we needed to get together to discuss our relationship. She wanted to get together on Wednesday but I told her I already had a meeting on Wednesday but Tuesday was okay. We decided to get together on Tuesday with the only problem being that when I woke up, well, I couldnít remember what time we were getting together and worse, where. But then that Tuesday when we were supposed to meet I saw an ad for "Miss Congeniality," Sandraís latest film, and they mentioned a sneak preview. Well, I decided a sneak preview would have to do in place of our get-together, and ventured my way on a cold December night to my local gigaplex, found my seat, and although there was not a discussion about our relationship, I came away from "Miss Congeniality" still liking the roles that Sandra Bullock plays.

"Miss Congeniality" has Sandra Bullock playing Gracie, an FBI agent who is really just one of the boys. She wears bad shoes, has perpetually bad hair days, snorts, and just doesnít do anything to accent her femininity. She nearly botches an undercover operation and is in the bad graces of her boss, but gets called upon when there is a threat for the Miss United States pageant and the FBI decides they should put someone undercover, and that someone is Gracie. The problem is that they only have 48 hours to do so and Gracie needs a lot of work, so they bring in Vic (Michael Caine), one of the best pageant trainers in the business, to bring a little couth to our uncouth agent. And like the beautiful butterfly that blossoms from an ugly caterpillar, Gracie begins to transform into an actual pageant contestant.

I think thatís really all you need to know about the plot of "Miss Congeniality." I could go into the whole love relationship between Gracie and Eric (Benjamin Bratt), but it didnít really add anything to the story. I could give away who is threatening the pageant, but would that be any fun for you, the reader? So Iíll just leave my synopsis at that. Now on to if the movie is any good. Is it? Itís not bad.

You can guess where some of the laughs come from, namely in transforming the manly Gracie into the gorgeous Gracie. You can also see some of them coming from Gracie's corrupting some of the other pageant contestants by showing them a good time at a bar. You can see some more laughs coming from wondering just what talent Gracie might have for the talent part of the competition. But the best laughs come during the pageant finals, so much so for me that I nearly pissed my pants as the 55 gallon drum of soda began working its magic at just the wrong time.

So Iíll just go and give "Miss Congeniality" 4 stars out of 5. It was cute and enjoyable and did some nice poking at beauty pageants but also showed that the girls are just girls sometimes. I left liking the movie, but still wondered when and where that get-together between Sandra and me was supposed to take place to discuss our relationship. Oh well, I guess Iíll just have to wait until the next dream.


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