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Miss Congeniality [DVD] [2001] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]


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  • Actors: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, Candice Bergen, William Shatner
  • Directors: Donald Petrie
  • Writers: Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas, Marc Lawrence
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, Endrick Lekay, Ginger Sledge, Katie Ford
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Special Edition, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Russian, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG-13 (Parental Guidance Suggested) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Mar 2005
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0007CILNE
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 483,074 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

Reviews

From Amazon.co.uk

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, Amazon.com

Synopsis

When a notorious criminal mastermind threatens to terrorize the Miss United States Pageant, the FBI scours their ranks to find a female agent who can win the contest and capture the killer before it's too late. Gracie Hart may be the most physically beautiful woman in the Bureau, but her lack of femininity jeopardizes the plan.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jeff on 5 Oct 2005
Format: DVD
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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Stephens VINE VOICE on 16 April 2005
Format: DVD
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Super_22_chick on 17 April 2006
Format: DVD
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 9 April 2005
Format: DVD
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 By Rich Milligan on 20 Nov 2005
Format: DVD
Sandra Bullock is one of those film stars where no matter how weak the plot, how contrived the storyline, how corny the screenplay the viewer is always given that little bit extra to draw you in and enjoy every scene with her lovely enchanting acting.
Gracie Hart is an FBI agent, and for her the idea of the “weaker sex” doesn’t exist as she growls and curses her way through her everyday work. Perhaps it’s competition with the boys or perhaps she’s just a tomboy, but basically anything the men get up to, there’s Gracie not far behind, kicking butt with the best of them.
FBI intelligence has obtained information that a crazed bomber has decided to target this years Miss American pageant and Gracie’s squad are detailed to get someone on the inside to determine who the perpetrator might be. Seriously lacking any potential beauty queens, Gracie’s boss picks her to become Miss New Jersey and enter the pageant. Gracie is shocked to her core, not only hasn’t she worn a dress for decades but she doesn’t know the first thing about make up and thinks that “playing wine glasses” is a special talent.
As I say the plot idea is extremely thin and it’s only the charming performance of Bullock that gets the viewer through. She’s ably assisted by the wonderful Michael Caine who pops up in the great role of Victor Melling, the man that must transform Gracie into a beauty queen and William Shatner makes good work of his role as Stan Fields the master of ceremonies. It’s great to see these two old actors hamming their parts up for all they are worse. I’ll also mention the cute and appealing Heather Burns who as Miss Rhode Island personifies every cliché of the pageant scene and yet still makes a lovely character.
It’s not a classic comedy by any stretch of the imagination, but it’s still immensely delightful and immensely watchable.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By "tomkatz4" on 6 Aug 2002
Format: VHS Tape
Miss Congeniality, to the untrained movie-watching eye, is nothing more than a vehicle for Sandra Bullock, one of Hollywood's top actresses. But if you peel back those layers you'll find a great film with a simple message - Don't judge a book by its cover.
Grace (Bullock) is a masculine feminist cop who looks a total mess. She beats guys up, has a pint every night (a pint of cookie dough, that is) and is an all-round anti-bimbo. But all that is about to change as she becomes Gracie-Lou Freebush, the new Miss New Jersey. Now she has to go against all her morals and become the leading entrepeneuse in the field of world peace. But when will the enemy strike - and how will he or she do it?
The film not only belongs to Bullock - it has a spectacular cast of supporting actresses. Miss Texas is particularly funny, as are Miss Rhode Island's comments. You'll find her in a gem of a scene...
Stan: 'Describe your ideal date'
Miss Rhode Island: 'Erm, that's a tough one, but I'd have to say April 25th - it's not too cold, all you need is a light jacket!'
There are snippets like these dotted throughout the film, and this is what makes it a delight.
Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine and Candice Bergen are among the other stars of the film. Bergen plays Cathy Morningside, the pageant - er, sorry, scholarship - organiser. Bratt is likeable in his role and Caine relishes his part as gay pageant consultant Victor Melling.
All in all, Miss Congeniality is a film for everybody. It is classy and funny, but also heart-warming. I bought it on a whim, not even looking at the blurb, and boy did it pay off! Now I wouldn't be without it!
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