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Miss Congeniality - Deluxe Edition [DVD]

Sandra Bullock , Michael Caine , Steve Monroe    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, William Shatner, Candice Bergen
  • Directors: Steve Monroe
  • Producers: László Kovács
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English, French, Italian, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Whv
  • DVD Release Date: 21 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007SMDSW
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,686 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



It's a good thing Sandra Bullock knows her strengths and weaknesses, because without Bullock as star and producer, Miss Congeniality would be an insufferable mess as opposed to being a mildly enjoyable trifle that is custom-made for Bullock's established screen persona. Here she plays nerdy FBI agent Gracie Hart, who is given the horrific pseudonym Gracie Lou Freebush (one example of the film's juvenile tendencies) when assigned to infiltrate a beauty pageant to investigate threats of a terrorist attack. Transforming Bullock from frumpy to stunning is a piece of cake (although she gives pageant coach Michael Caine a run for his money), so the film's premise is trivial at best. More enjoyable is her character's uncouth disdain for pageant contestants and her mistaken perception that they're all a bunch of bimbos. The film nicely charts Gracie's realisation that her pageant makeover provides a much-needed ego boost. In addition to Caine's effortless scene-stealing, pageant host William Shatner and organiser Candice Bergen are smart choices for comedic support (Shatner is a perfect Bert Parks wannabe), but the film desperately needs a credible foundation for its comedy to really pay off. None of the plotting is as smart as predecessors like Beverly Hills Cop in combining procedure with laughs. That leaves Bullock to carry the burden of a comedy that barely works in her favour. --Jeff Shannon,

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When the Miss United States beauty pageant receives a threat from a notorious criminal, hardnosed FBI agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is assigned to go undercover as a contestant in the competition and track him down. Gracie is none too happy about this, and when top expert Victor Melling (Michael Caine) arrives to help transform her from a tomboy into a convincingly elegant Miss New Jersey, she proves to be a most difficult student. Nevertheless, after Gracie enters the pageant, she soon forms a strong bond with her fellow contestants, and begins to worry for their safety as the killer continues to elude arrest.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 5 Oct 2005
By Jeff
The directors have done a superb job. Making Sandra Bullock very believable as a sloppy woman not taking care of herself. Some good comedy and a 'nice' story. A general all round, this film won't have you guessing the plot, but it does invoke that feel good factor.
If you haven't seen it, buy it. If you've seen it, you'll already know if it's for you or not.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic! 17 April 2006
I adore this film and could watch it again and again.

Bullock (Gracie Hart) is amazing and all the other brilliant actors means it's a sure hit with any film lover.

I wanted this for monthes and it didn't let me down, worth every penny i spent on it.

Fab storyline + Fab actors + Fab everything = The best teen film ever!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 16 April 2005
By G. Stephens VINE VOICE
This is such a funny and charming film- THANK YOU SANDRA BULLOCK for being able to make fun of yourself unlike so many other beautiful Hollywood actresses who take themselves so seriously. Gracie Hart is a charming "Dirty Harriet" FBI agent sent on an undercover mission in a beauty pageant. Bullock combines physical comedy with sarcasm and it's not hard to have a smile screwed on your face throughout the movie- not only does Bullock shine as bright as a beauty queen's teeth but the supporting cast are fabulous, especially Shatner and Burns. Nevertheless, it is Michael Caine and Sandra Bullock's rapport which is really great- yes the one-liners are hilarious. The DVD extras are really cool- Bullock is great because she actually likes doing the commentary so it's not boring. Anyway I really love this film and highly recommend it to anyone- Sandra Bullock really is beautiful and Benjamin Bratt is pretty hansome too. Enjoy :)
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy, satire, and surprising insight 4 Sep 2001
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
Anyone who has ever lived in the South, or watched "the" American beauty pageant over the decades, will be delighted to see all its sugary ambition and role-playing exposed--and surprised perhaps at the ultimate gentleness of the satire, for the women come to be regarded as individuals and as such are not ridiculed. The supporting cast of intensely committed beauty contestants, both silly and sincere, and those who manipulate them, are well chosen. Michael Caine's efforts and success in grooming the Sandra Bullock character put this film in the genre of Pygmalion, My Fair Lady, Pretty Woman, etc. It is of course Sandra Bullock's comic acting, which just gets better as the years go by, that makes this film worth seeing more than once. Highly entertaining, and highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Funniest film ever... 9 April 2005
By A Customer
Woah this is a great film. Having recently gone to the cinema to see Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, I decided to buy the DVD to remind me of the first one. Miss Congeniality 1 is by far the best DVD I've bought. It definitely cheers you up and makes you laugh your socks off, and some of the catchphrases and sentences Bullock makes do make me laugh a lot. She is far more believable as a model than an FBI agent.
It also stars Michael Caine- her slightly camp, "very secure" makeup artist person. One scene when they're on a plane watching a video of the Miss United States pageant from a few years back, and Bullock makes a funny impression of the winner, something like "If i only had a brain" doing the hand-shaking-cool thing, is extremely funny. There's loads more of quotes aswell, but you get the picture; it's funny. Miss Congeniality 2 is also equally great, so go see it while it's in cinemas or buy it on DVD from Amazon when it comes out! One of the best comedy franchises ever.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A consistently witty and entertaining movie 10 Aug 2006
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This film makes for good viewing because there are so many interesting characters in it and so many different things happening from the start to the finish.It wasn't so much a laugh out loud movie but more a consistently witty movie that succeeded in making the characters seem believable even though they,at times,existed in quite unbelievable circumstances.

Michael Caine struggled to civilise Sandra Bullock on screen and if you watch the special features section of the dvd you'll see he struggled to civilise her on the set of Miss Congeniality too!The whole dvd is worth watching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent comedy 13 April 2006
Comedy starring Sandra Bullock as Gracie Hart, a tough girl cop who is obsessed with her job, doesn't have time for relationships and despises anything girly. After bungling a police operation, Gracie is consigned to go undercover as Miss New Jersey in the Miss USA beauty contest, resulting in hilarious elocution and posture lessons from an etiquette coach, excellently played by Michael Caine. As she just about convincingly gets through the extensive eliminating rounds, the cynical Gracie gets to know some of the other girls and is gradually transformed in her outlook to femininity and love. Inevitably she spots the saboteur, saves the day and ends the film as a more understanding heroine.

Miss Congeniality is an excellent, frequently hilarious comedy with a fine central performance by Bullock. Well worth seeing.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for ALMOST anyone 16 Dec 2005
Format:VHS Tape
This is great! If you are ever feeling down then this will make you feel both beautiful and funny.
The story may be pretty pradictably but if it wasn't then it you wouldn't be able to watch this film when you are too tired to do anything else.
This isn't the film for anyone really into secret service films, but for most people it is a great evening filler, thow probably not for film critics who would pick up on the cheesy ending!
I personaly find that i can watch this film over and over again, which i can't do with others.
If you are looking for a video to watch while winding down then this one is perfect because it not only makes you laugh but has enough action in it to keep you from falling asleep and waking up right at the end!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 17 days ago by old hand
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth Buying
Great film (have seen it before), but have NOT watched this DVD yet as it was a present for someone else.
Published 18 days ago by Mrs Grim
5.0 out of 5 stars sandra bullock in excellent
i would recommened this dvd excellent value for money sandra bullock is very funny good story line well worth buying
Published 2 months ago by jc
5.0 out of 5 stars a mean but kind woman
Very funny and easy to see to enter a beauty contest you don't have to be an air head brilliant film
Published 3 months ago by kerry Lee biggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Good FIlm
Good film I bought it as a stocking filler for my younger cousin. Overall a good hearted, funny, family film!!
Published 5 months ago by Nish
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars
Sandra Bullock, shines once more. This film is one of her first films but her and the writers merge together to create this funny & fab film
Published 7 months ago by Alicia
4.0 out of 5 stars good
this came in a good packaging, dvd is covered in film which allows me to understand it is brand new.
Published 8 months ago by Tyler
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
Exactly what I wanted and expected, thank you very much for the great service. Would recommend to all and shop with again.
Published 12 months ago by Riawrr
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab
Fab value for money Great price and they do last so thanks very much they last longer as well which is good
Published 12 months ago by KIM SMITH
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun
I am a great fan of Sandra Bullock and think she gives a wonderful performance in this dvd. Michael Caine also helps to make this an enjoyable film.
Published 13 months ago by Julie Hardy
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