Very funny--Don't listen to the critics on this one!
news4fan | 03/24/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is now a celebrity because of her heroic achievment in the Miss United States contest (She now has a three-person fashion crew). But then, Miss United States is captured, along with the host. Naturally, Hart must save her. This time, though Agent Fuller (Regina King) is along for the ride. Soon, the agency, which originally sends Hart in only to do PR on the case, gets really angry, but Fuller and Hart keep at it.
I thought this movie was very well written and well done. In addition to Sandra Bullock's acceptable performance, I thought Regina King was amazing (she is an actress to look out for) and Diedrich Bader was very funny. Also notable are William Shatner, Treat Williams and Elizabeth Rohm (a nice change from Law & Order).
There are tons of laughs. The critics said this "It's too predictable! It's just about stereotypes! It's unrealistic!" Actually, I didn't find it that predictable, and as to the other two, sure, they're true, but I didn't really notice them because I was laughing too much.
The ending is a little forced, but they typically are in these movies. I wish they wouldn't include all the sappy moments--the movie could have ended earlier. The movie, in general, could have been trimmed more.
I don't think Enrique Murciano, Jr is a good actor. Casting him seems a little silly to me.
In general, not bad. I wouldn't mind a Miss Congeniality 3."
SHE IS ARMED...AND SHE IS FABULOUS...
Lawyeraau | Balmoral Castle | 07/03/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a sequel, this film surprisingly succeeds. Sandra Bullock, with her coltish good looks and her spot on comedic timing, successfully reprises the role of Gracie Hart, FBI agent. In fact, I enjoyed this film even more than I did the prequel, where Gracie Hart infiltrated a national beauty pageant as a contestant, her affableness winning her the award for Miss Congeniality.
It now appears, however, that Agent Hart's ability to work effectively as an agent has been compromised by the publicity that she received from her entry into that national beauty pageant. Gracie Hart is now instantly recognizable, whenever she hits the streets, by an adoring public who has taken to her as a duck takes to water.
This being the case, the powers that be at the FBI decide to make Agent Hart into a poster girl for the FBI, and she is given a mini entourage to polish their diamond in the rough. By the time they get through with her, Agent Hart is as slick and as polished as a cover girl, temporarily losing sight of why she joined the FBI in the first place.
Agent Hart is assigned a bodyguard, problem child agent, Sam Fuller (Regina King), who has some serious anger management issues. They get initially get along together like oil and water, with some funny comedic moments between the two. Ultimately, at the eleventh hour, their relationship evolves into one of mutual respect.
When Agent Hart's best friend, Miss United States (Heather Burns), is kidnapped in Las Vegas, along with pageant official Stan Fields (William Shatner), Agent Hart remembers why it was that she joined the FBI in the first place. Although she is brought into the case strictly as a media liaison, she desperately wants to be taken seriously as an agent on the case, Unfortunately, her investigative efforts are stymied by the local FBI chief, Agent Collins (Treat Williams), who views her as expendable fluff.
While the storyline may be thin, at times, there are enough memorable moments to sustain the film, not least being the excellent comedic performances given by Sandra Bullock and Regina King. It is a professionally successful pairing of two talented actresses with a flair for the comedic. Sandra Bullock proves, once again, that one can be gorgeous and funny. For Regina King, the role of Sam Fuller is a breakout comedic role for her.
Moreover, the supporting cast is likewise funny. William Shatner, who of late has proven himself to have a deft comedic touch, provides some wacky moments. It was also great to see Treat Williams, who is as attractive as ever, playing the role of Agent Collins, the tightly controlled, ego driven, local FBI chief who seeks to wrap up the case successfully for his own personal aggrandizement. Elizabeth Rohm, of Law and Order fame, is a pleasant surprise in the small role of Carol Fields, the FBI agent who is two timing her fellow agent boyfriend with their mutual boss.
Although the film has some plot holes and may be implausible, at times, it still provides some enjoyable comedic moments. There are also cameo appearances by Regis Philbin and his wife, Joy. While this film may not be everyone's cup of tea, fans of Ms. Bullock will surely enjoy seeing her in this one. This funny, silly movie is definitely worth a rental.
For what it is...
D. Lynch | Seattle, WA USA | 05/22/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I think the problem is that people are taking this movie WAY to seriously! It's not meant to be avant-guard or brilliant! It's meant to entertain! This movie succeeds at its main goals, being hilariously entertaining with fantastically fresh performances. Bullock shines, even though the script and plot may not be flawless, I have to admit, that I was extremely entertained throughout the entire movie, and everyone in the theatre laughed at every scene and applauded at the end. Don't listen to the critics, Sandra in her own right is brilliant. And while Miss Congeniality 2 is not brilliant, it definately has brighter prospects than a lot of movies out there.
Miss Congeniality 2 is great!
Jeff | 05/08/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I went and saw this movie with very high hopes and it didnt let me down. The movie is really good. Dont pay attention to these "professional" reviewers because they grade it on how artsy and all that crap that it is. These reviewers gave the 1st movie bad reviews and its a classic. This movie is hillarious and lives up to the original. If you liked the original I reccomend this or if you didnt like the first one because of the beauty pageant stuff then you'll love this one."
This Movie Was Better Than It Was Rated!!!!!!!!!!
Jeff | 04/01/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"My local newspaper stated that the sequel to the hit move, "Miss Congeniality", was a waste of time, money, and Sandra Bullock's talent. I thought the exact opposite. Even my mom thought the movie was good, and she usually follows what critics say! I would like to say to everyone who is unsure about seeing this movie should at least check it ount: I guaruntee you won't think of it as critics do!! --By Sarah L. Age 11 1/2"