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This review is from: Miss Congeniality [DVD]  (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.