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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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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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Action | Comedy | Crime

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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)  »

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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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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 »


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Stan Fields: Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.
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Welcome back, Sandra
2 June 2002 | by (australia) – See all my reviews

I have been a huge fan of Sandra Bullock's since before Speed. The past few years her movies, haven't fared too well and it's a shame as I didn't think her last few roles were that bad. Sure the movies could've been better but it wasn't her fault that Speed 2 flopped and I didn't think it was that bad.

Anyway it was great to see Sandra back at her best and Miss Congeniality definitely didn't disappoint, but the only thing Sandra, you cannot play ugly, even at your character's worst you were beautiful.

Benjamin Bratt gave a brilliant performance as Sandra's co-worker and of course potential lover that their chemistry was totally electrifying as well

  • a movie works so much better when you have that chemistry between


Michael Caine and Ernie Hudson were equally impressive in their roles and not to mention William Shatner and Candace Bergman - she's hasn't lost that comedic skill and the DVD addition of deleted scenes will sure bring more laughter as well.

I'm not going to write the whole plot of the movie and give away certain elements as being a huge fan of movies, I don't watch trailors or read anything to do with a movie before I see it as I want to enjoy the ride and not know what to expect even though you do know the outcome in some movies.

Sandra is definitely, well in my opinion the best actress today and it's great to see her in a role that showcases her talents as I honestly don't think this movie could have worked without her.

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