Movie Review: Miss Congeniality (2000)

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine and Benjamin Bratt

Directed by: Donald Petrie

Amid fears that a serial terrorist is targeting a beauty pageant in Texas, FBI agent Gracie Hart must go undercover in order to stop the potential plot from within.

Miss Congeniality is a movie that I thought I’d never see and I genuinely didn’t think I was missing out by not watching it. Although it stars Sandra Bullock, who is one of my favourite actresses, this movie screams chick flick and if it wasn’t for my wife really wanting to rewatch this tonight I don’t think I would ever had seen it.

This is not one of Sandra Bullocks best roles, not even close, but Miss Congeniality does allow her to showcase her silly comedic side which she has proven in other movies that she is more than capable of pulling off. Bullock alongside Michael Caine are the two highlights within this movie and when they are together on screen it really was a surprising double act that worked. The laughs were plenty from these two actors but the rest of the cast failed to add to the humour this movie was trying to convey.

The plot of the story was a little ridiculous and the twists were rather predictable but despite these flaws the movie accomplished its main goal and that was to provide 100 minutes of silly entertainment where you could just sit back, relax and turn your mind off for a while. Benjamin Bratt as a senior FBI agent failed to deliver anything of any real quality and the rest of the FBI agents were portrayed as idiotic, perverted morons which failed to give the movie any real sense of actual drama to add to the foolish comedy. The one joke that Miss Congeniality used over and over was the classic joke that’s used when women wear heels either for the first time or the first time in a long time and they constantly fall over. The joke of Sandra Bullock falling over the first time worked, second time was still mildly amusing but when a movie constantly goes back to the well, the well eventually dries up and by the third or fourth stumble the joke got old real quick.

Overall, Miss Congeniality was a bit of a mixed bag. Sandra Bullock and Michael Caine were the stars who really carried this movie on their backs, especially when it started struggling but all in all it was a decent movie which provided some solid entertainment. I was left rather surprised at how much I laughed as I was expecting to hate it.


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