Miss Congeniality
Warner Bros. (12/22/2000)
Comedy, Thriller
In Collection
#203
0*
DVD
109 mins
IMDB 6.1

Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Michael Caine Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt Eric Matthews
Candice Bergen Kathy Morningside
Ernie Hudson FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald
William Shatner Stan Fields
John DiResta Agent Clonsky
Heather Burns Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island
Melissa De Sousa Karen Krantz, Miss New York
Steve Monroe Frank Tobin
Deirdre Quinn Mary Jo Wright, Miss Texas
Wendy Raquel Robinson Leslie Davis, Miss California
Asia De Marcos Alana Krewson, Miss Hawaii
Ken Thomas FBI Agent Harris
Gabriel Folse FBI Agent Jerry Grant
Christopher Shea FBI Agent Jensen
Mary Ashleigh Green Young Gracie Hart
Cody Linley Tough Boy
Eric Ian Goldberg Alan
Danny Kamin Krashow (as Daniel Kamin)
Konstantin Selivanov Ivan
Debbie Nelson Stacey the Pageant Announcer
Don Cass Dave the Pageant Director
Bernadette Nason Pageant Matron
Stephen Bruton Mike the Bartender
Jessica Holcomb Beth Carter
Jennifer Gareis Tina
Ellen H. Schwartz Herself (as Ellen Schwartz)
Cassandra L. Small Starbucks Cop
Marco Perella Starbucks Guy
Cynthia Dorn Preliminary Judge
Catenya McHenry Newscaster
Paige Bishop Warehouse Dentist
Lucien Douglas Warehouse Hair Stylist
Georgia Foy Lori Emerson-Summers, Reigning Miss United States
LeeAnne Locken Kelly Beth Kelley, Miss Nebraska
Pei-San Brown Ali Lowchowski, Miss Arkansas
Isamari White Lana Harmony Frankfurt, Miss Florida
Kimberly Crawford Lily Hardywood, Miss Maine

Director Donald Petrie
Producer Sandra Bullock
Bruce Davey
Bruce Berman
Katie Ford
Marc Lawrence
Writer Marc Lawrence
Katie Ford
Caryn Lucas

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

Edition Details
Audience Rating PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested)
Country USA
Language English
Distributor Warner Home Video
Edition Special Edition
Barcode 085391897620
Region Region 1
Chapters 33
Release Date 9/14/2004
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio 1.85 (16:9) Anamorphic
Subtitles English; French
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Features
"The Making of..." Documentary
Cast & Filmmakers Bio's
Commentaries-Other
Commentary-Director
Theatrical Trailers
Color Closed-captioned
Personal Details
Purchase Date June 2002
Seen It Yes
Location USA
Owner MIC
Store Blockbuster
Purchase Price $14.96
Condition Excellent
Links Amazon US
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