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Miss Congeniality (2000)

PG-13 | | Action, Comedy, Crime | 22 December 2000 (USA)
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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Unpolished. Unkempt. Unleashed. Undercover. See more »


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

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Box Office

Budget:

$45,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

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

In the control booth at the Miss United States Pageant, there is a visible sign in the background of a Canadian Maple Leaf in the middle of a red circle with a red slash through it. Although it had been denied that it was put there on purpose, it is supposed to be an "inside joke/purposeful comment" on how many movies are now being made in Canada. (Mostly due to the lower production costs up there due to the pitiful exchange rate between the US and Canadian dollar...at least a 40% savings on crew wages, hotel costs, etc.) See more »

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Throughout the entire movie Miss California is known as Leslie Davis but when she's called as one of the top five finalists, Stan calls her Leslie Williams. See more »

Quotes

Eric Matthews: Hart, listen to me. I've waited five years to run my own op. You think I'd blow it on the wrong girl?
Gracie Hart: No no no, I know the only reason you picked me was because I was the only one who looked half decent in a bikini and wasn't on maternity leave.
Eric Matthews: No, that's why they *let* me pick you. You wanna know why I picked you?
Gracie Hart: Lost a bet?
Eric Matthews: Because you're smart. Because you don't take any crap from people. You're funny. You're easy to talk to when you're not armed. Look, give yourself a break. Cut Vic and ...
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Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home
Written by Hughie Cannon
Performed by The Recliners
Produced by Steve Schnur
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The movie is hilarious, and Sandra is as lovable as ever
3 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have loved this movie from the very first time I saw it. Even taking into account that it was 10 years ago when this Rom-Com was released, and most Rom-Coms are forgotten throughout the sands of time by plenty of people for how many there are and how unremarkable most of them manage to be, this one has always managed to stick with me and uphold an excellent reputation, in my eyes, for how wonderful and fun it really is, and is truly one of my favorite movies in general.

The numerous upsides: I think the deliverance of all the lines and scenes in this film is just perfect for what it sets out to accomplish. Sandra Bullock was the perfect choice for the role, and all the other supporting actors and actresses are simply magnificent in their parts and bring to you a movie that is meant to be nothing but fun and laughter from the beginning. However, you get a little bit more than what you are in store for. I found myself being completely interested every time I have watched it over the years, because it captures your attention with the storyline and antics and does not let go. The performances, like I said, are amazing and the cast really knew how to work with what they were given. The jokes and antics are hysterical and though many when they hate or dislike a comedy will tell you that the movie was funny in a bad way, do not listen to any bad reception this may receive and view it for yourself with a clear conscience, because it really is enjoyable that way, in my honest opinion.

The very minuscule, few downsides: Yes, the movie does get a tad bit mediocre, at times, and at others of course they could have handled the material a little better, but aside from those two matters, I thought the film was, in a sense, perfect, and was completely astonishing and surprisingly hilarious and outstanding to every value it should have been hilarious and outstanding to.

I have enjoyed the film for a long time now, I still enjoy it and find it to be a fun and thrilling adventure from beginning to end that I can always watch for the simple pleasure of just viewing it, not to just pass the time. Guys, do not pass it off for just a chick flick, because a few are liable to find this a superbly well time. Though it is a Rom- Com, I consider it a near masterpiece for how much it gives to the audience and how incredibly satisfying it always is.


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