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Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13  |   |  Action, Comedy, Crime  |  22 December 2000 (USA)
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Reviews: 367 user | 139 critic | 20 from Metacritic.com

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leslie Davis - Miss California


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

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Release Date:

22 December 2000 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Miss Undercover  »

Box Office


$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


ESP 720,275,127 (Spain) (29 June 2001)

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Did You Know?


The scene with Gracie coming home after the mission in the restaurant was only scripted as "Gracie comes home and starts boxing." The rest (tripping, kicking the bed, microwave oven) was ad-libbed by Sandra Bullock. See more »


When Gracie jumps out at the guy who has the gun at the talent portion of the contest, she doesn't hit the table of water glasses, but in the news coverage it shows her bumping the table as she runs to jump on the cowboy who was just lighting a cigarette. See more »


Cheryl "Rhode Island": My idea of a perfect date would be a man who takes me to a romantic dinner, and then we walk along the beach barefoot discussing books and - and music and - and movies.
Karen "New York": No wonder you're still a virgin.
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Written and Performed by Bob Schneider
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Funny movie in which Sandra Bullock remains sympathetic and attractive as impetuous FBI agent
19 February 2012 | by See all my reviews

Amusing and entertaining film with Sandra Bullock 's undeniable screen presence . Undercover FBI capable agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is a tomboy and foul-mouthed girl . Generally a nice agent , she is in trouble at work when she does an error in judgment in an undercover operation which turns in a disaster. One of her partners named Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt) is assigned by his chief (Ernie Hudson) to lead the high profile case of a terrorist nicknamed The Citizen . Gracie pieces together the tracks to determine that The Citizen's next target will be the Miss United States beauty pageant threatened by the psychopath criminal . The pageant administration , led by previous winner named Cathy Morningside (Candice Bergen) and long time host Stan Fields (William Shatner), provide the FBI with access to the pageant, Cathy in particular is less than thrilled to have a non-credible Gracie disguising as a contestant which she feels will ruin the pageant. The FBI enlist the assistance of former pageant contestant consultant Victor Melling (Michael Caine) , he is called in to groom and turn the agent into a beauty pageant contestant. As Gracie proceeds in the transformation, she gets to know the other contestants (Melissa De Sousa, Heather Burns who will appear in the sequel) , not only as potential criminals, but also as real people. She also discovers that another sinister element is present at the pageant. She investigates against the orders of her superior using all the means to find the dangerous criminal . Then she decides to investigate by his own in the contestant pageant and she befriends the beautiful contestants . Firstly she goes undercover to the contestant in San Antonio , Texas , where finds some clues. She tries to protect her new friends from dangerous attacker who attempts to blow up the pageant .

This fun movie displays action , comedy, suspense and is pretty entertaining . In spite of some flaws , silly gags and camp glamour the film works well enough for a respectable light comedy with extra doses of amusement and entertainment . Sandra Bullock is sympathetic and funny as untameable tomboy agent , she shows no signs of having any femininity in her demeanor or appearance and her earnest clowning wins audience attractive. Bullock plays as a hybrid among Bridget Jones and Inspector Clouseau characters . Most of laughters come courtesy of her jokes and fights , both physical and verbal . Benjamin Bratt as her tough, brawny colleague is likable . They form a peculiar duo , making a special buddy movie . Lively , jolly musical score by Edward Shearmur and atmospheric cinematography by Lazslo Kovacs . The motion picture is professionally directed by Donald Petrie . The picture will appeal to Sandra Bullock fans. The following is titled ¨Miss Congeniality 2 : Armed and Fabulous¨ by John Pasquin with the same cast adding Treat Williams , Regina King and Enrique Murciano ; it is another Sandra Bullock vehicle and results to be an enjoyable sequel in which appears similar characters to first part . It deals again about the FBI agent Gracia Hart ,nowadays is assigned by her chief for advertising the FBI and traveling throughout the country along with a bodyguard agent .

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