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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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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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The opening scenes take place in a Russian restaurant named Laika. Laika was the first dog in space, and the name means "Barker." See more »


When the FBI receive the first letter from The Citizen. The first sentence says "I write again from Misulu Montana". Whereas the correct city in Montana is "Missoula", this is purposeful misspelling as part of the code of the poem - as Hart later points out. Each word with "mis" is one of the code words and the letter immediately following is the next letter in the code. Put together, all the letters spell "united states" - hence Miss United States: Misulu, misnumbered, misinformed, mistaking, misery, miss divine... missiles, amidst, misadventures, mist, misers, misspoke. Though the rule of the code is not strictly adhered to throughout, the misspelling of Missoula is intentional and necessary to identify the code. 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 by Herbie Azor
Performed by Salt-N-Pepa (as Salt 'N' Pepa)
Courtesy of London Records USA
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silly material made worthwhile
14 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

Good-natured and funny comedy has Bullock perfectly cast as an uptight, tomboyish federal agent who—for the first time in her entire life—decides to embrace her femininity after she's assigned to go undercover at a beauty pageant to try and apprehend an elusive criminal. She's never even worn a dress, much less makeup and accessories, and the results are hilarious as she tries to do her job and be a credible contestant as well. Film's setup and execution are predictable, yet kept afloat by a meaningful story, good lines, and big time laughs. Bullock is as appealing as she's ever been, and surrounded here by a first-rate supporting cast. ***

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