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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