Sunday, December 16, 2012

Review: Miss Congeniality

Director: Donald Petrie

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt

Year: 2000

Genre: Romance/Comedy

Rated: PG-13

Length: 109 min.

IMDB Summary: An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

What I enjoyed most about this film was the often humorous personality clash between Bullock and Bratt's characters. This petty conflict kept this otherwise tedious film from sinking. The acting, script and plot are average. Fortunately, the film does not take itself too seriously--with a plot involving FBI agents behaving like adolescents, it cannot afford to. The portrayal of the beauty pageant contestants as dumb blondes satisfies the stereotype requirement, but fails to surprise viewers in any way. Overall, although it is a decent chick-flick, Miss Congeniality can only elicit so much applause due to its average quality and its unwillingness to take many risks with plot and character.

For Parents:
Some crude humor

My Rating:
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