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Miss Congeniality (2000)

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

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

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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 Huggo

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She's Got A Killer To Catch... Right After The Swimsuit Competition. See more »


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

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$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$13,853,686 (USA) (22 December 2000)

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$106,807,667 (USA) (11 May 2001)
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Trivia

William Shatner's character "Stan Fields" is a reference to the actor's Canadian heritage. "Stanfields" is a very famous brand of underwear (known for its long johns) sold in Canada. Also "Stan Fields" sounds remarkably similar to former "Miss America" host Bert Parks. See more »

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In the opening of the movie the actress playing Young Grace still has her baby teeth, which would make her between 6-8 years old. The date is shown as 1982. Later in the movie when Matthews is trying to find a female agent to go undercover and they bring up Hart, you see her birth date to be 2.11.1969. That would have made the child at the beginning of the movie 13 years of age. See more »

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Eric Matthews: You gotta admit, part of you is going to miss this.
Gracie Hart: I know I am going to miss the heels because they do something for my posture. And I'm suddenly very aware and proud of my breasts.
Eric Matthews: Funny, me too.
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Referenced in Reflections of Evil (2002) See more »

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She's A Lady
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Tom Jones
Courtesy of Chrysalis Copyrights Limited, a division of The Chrysalis Group PLC
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Excellent comedy kept me laughing all the way through.
17 March 2001 | by (New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This is an excellent comedy which kept me laughing all the way through consistently without the flat patches you often get in longer comedies.

The premise is not so unusual with Sandra Bullock playing an ugly duckling/Pygmalion turning into a swan, however, the performances, especially by Bullock, Caine, Shatner and Bergen make the film.

Bullock stars as the never been loved tomboy of the FBI who has to dump her coarse manners and unkempt appearance in order to go undercover at a beauty pageant. Michael Caine is the Dr Higgins figure grooming her for stardom. Shatner plays Shatner, and Bergen is the matron of the Pageant. Benjamin Bratt plays the love interest !

Bullock is excellent all the way through from uncouth to gorgeous, and is particularly stunning in her transformed self. Caine is also excellent and the interplay between these 2 and the cast in general makes for a lively pace all the way through, til the final crowning ceremony.

A thoroughly entertaining film and well worth seeing.


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