A comedy about a veteran NYPD cop whose rare baseball card is stolen. Since it's his only hope to pay for his daughter's upcoming wedding, he recruits his partner to track down the thief, a memorabilia-obsessed gangster.
Juan Carlos Hernández
Undercover FBI 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 former ... Written by
Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt did all their own fighting throughout the movie. Stunt doubles were brought in but only to make sure they were using proper form. At one point Bullock accidentally injured Bratt when she had to kick him in the calves after he says, "Yes, you have to wear the bathing suit." See more »
When Eric and Gracie are fighting in the gym, near the end Eric throws Gracie on the floor she is clearly going to hit the floor on her left shoulder, yet in the next shot she hits the floor on her back. See more »
You know what...
[grabs Eric in a headlock]
Pull this off! What, is it because Macdonald hates me?
He doesn't hate you!
Is it some woman thing?
[Eric knocks her to the floor]
Don't kid yourself! Nobody thinks of you that way!
[Gracie trips him and sits on his back, holding him down]
He's punishing me, isn't he?
Look, I had to beg him to let you do this!
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There are some actresses who produce weighty or worthy pieces of work and there are those who produce popular movies. Sandra Bullock is an actress who falls into the latter category. Yet, in this category, she is at the top of the tree and it is in films such as Miss Congeniality that she proves this.
For a fish out of water comedy, this is a film that plays to Bullock's qualities - her tomboy image from Speed, her warm humour and her ability to play for laughs and be deadpan. As such, Bullock is allowed to shine from a castlist containing Michael Caine and Ben Bratt. However, if I had one criticism, it would be that there are occasions when Caine just appears to be shamelessly mugging and camping it up for the camera to no real effect.
There are some genuinely funny moments, mostly centred around the pageant and it is nice to see such a movie which doesn't take itself or its setting too seriously. Many of the contestants give good supporting performances and as such, it is hard to pick one out.
Overall, it is a bit slight but anyone renting/buying this movie would surely know what to expect - familiar, funny and essentially sweet-natured - just like Sandra Bullock herself.
8/10 - A good example of the genre.
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