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Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 22 December 2000 (USA)
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An F.B.I. Agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

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Donald Petrie
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sandra Bullock ... Gracie Hart
Michael Caine ... Victor Melling
Benjamin Bratt ... Eric Matthews
Candice Bergen ... Kathy Morningside
William Shatner ... Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson ... Harry McDonald
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 ... Agent Harris
Gabriel Folse ... Agent Jerry Grant
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Storyline

Undercover F.B.I. Agent Gracie Hart shows no signs of having any femininity in her demeanor or appearance. Generally a bright and capable Agent, she is in trouble at work when she makes an error in judgment in a case which results in a near disaster. As such, one of her by-the-books colleagues, Eric Matthews, who has never shown any inclination of thinking outside the box, is assigned to lead the high profile case of a terrorist coined The Citizen instead of her, while she is facing possible disciplinary action. Gracie pieces together the evidence to determine that The Citizen's next target will be the Miss United States beauty pageant. The pageant represents everything that Gracie abhors. Despite Gracie's mannish demeanor, Eric, with no other undercover female Agent remotely fitting the demographic, assigns her to go undercover as a pageant contestant to see if she can flush out The Citizen, who is perhaps one of the other contestants. Although the pageant administration, led by ... Written by Huggo

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for sexual references and a scene of violence | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Castle Rock | Warner Bros. (UK)

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Russian | French | Hawaiian | Spanish

Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Miss Simpatía See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$10,046,534, 24 December 2000

Gross USA:

$106,807,667

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$212,742,720
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The news station that shows Gracie, is KSAT-12, which is an actual news station in San Antonio, Texas. See more »

Goofs

Miss Vermont and Miss Alaska are seen in the top ten goup of finalists, but they were never called out originally as part of the top ten. See more »

Quotes

Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.
Cheryl "Rhode Island": That's a tough one. I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.
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Spoofs Midnight Cowboy (1969) See more »

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Liquored Up and Lacquered Down
Written by Rick Miller
Performed by Southern Culture on the Skids
Courtesy of EMusic.com and TVT records
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There are 100 things wrong with it...but you may catch yourself smiling after thinking it over
4 October 2001 | by moonspinner55See all my reviews

It's over-the-top, it's occasionally offensive--to men, to women, to gays, to lesbians, and to poor Miss Hawaii--but "Miss Congeniality" has Sandra Bullock, and she's wonderful. The opening moments, with FBI agent Bullock busting Russians in a restaurant sting operation, are so good that the movie might've played very well as an FBI comedy-drama, with Bullock on different cases. I mean, maybe they should've ditched the pageant stuff, at least until next time. But, no, Bullock goes undercover as a contestant in the Miss U.S. pageant, and the movie turns into your typical makeover thing. Lots of breast jokes, TOO many high heel pratfalls, and Michael Caine as a peculiar makeover artist (he's "dripping with disdain" one minute, fatherly the next, then bitter, then cuddly). Bullock has no chemistry with Benjamin Bratt as her boss on the operation (that's not her fault, however) and I wanted more of her home life (and that doomed microwave oven), but what works does work well. Sandra's "bonding" paint party with the girls is terrific, as is her friendship with shaky Miss Rhode Island and her attempts to face down snarling Ernie Hudson as the FBI chieftain (who, like in "Ghostbusters", gets no funny lines). The movie rests solely on Bullock's shoulders, and she delivers. It may not be comic genius, but it is congenial. **1/2 from ****


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