Miss Congeniality

Year: 2000
Production Co: Castle Rock Entertainment
Studio: Warner Bros
Director: Donald Petrie
Producer: Sandra Bullock
Writer: Marc Lawrence/Katie Ford/Caryn Lucas
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Candice Bergen, Benjamin Bratt, Ernie Hudson, William Shatner

It was the year 2000. Sandra Bullock was an established star, but misfires like Gun Shy, 28 Days and Forces of Nature had blighted her wattage and she didn't seem to have the pull she once did, either with studios or audiences.

Pinning Miss Congeniality to her belt was a smart move in hindsight. It was a franchise-starter, an easy sell with a high concept, and the show was all Bullock's.

It's the story of a gruff, no nonsense female FBI agent who goes undercover at a beauty pageant to foil a terrorist plot and (big surprise) finds her feminine side. That's all you need to know about the plot.

It made its money back several times over but is regarded by many as just another sweet toffee in the Sandra Bullock variety box. But if you ever have the time to watch it again, watch Bullock carefully. Yes it's a silly romantic comedy, but as she did in the more recent The Proposal, Bullock is a very skilled comic performer who has the timing, nuance and subtlety down perfectly and isn't afraid to make herself look stupid in pursuit of a laugh.

Such talent as a comic actor unwittingly lifts her high above the material and she puts much more into what would have been a very asinine movie on the page.

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