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Miss Congeniality [2000]

Director:Donald Petrie
Writer:Caryn Lucas
Katie Ford
Marc Lawrence [I]
Composer:Ed Shearmur
Length:109 minutes
(1 hour 49 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Comedy
IMDB Rating:6.0/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:42%
Amazon Rating:4.0/5 stars
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Synopsis: An FBI agent must go undercover in the Miss United States beauty pageant to prevent a group from bombing the event.

Reaction: Fun moments and overall enjoyable, but at times a bit bland and unfocused.

Personal Rating: 6/10

Donald Petrie => Director
Caryn Lucas => Writer
Katie Ford => Writer
Marc Lawrence [I] => Writer
Ed Shearmur => Composer
Sandra Bullock => Producer / Gracie Hart
Asia De Marcos => Alana Krewson, Miss Hawaii
Benjamin Bratt => Eric Matthews
Candice Bergen => Kathy Morningside
Cody Linley => Tough Boy
Deirdre Quinn => Mary Jo Wright, Miss Texas
Ernie Hudson => Harry McDonald
Gabriel Folse => Agent Jerry Grant
Heather Burns => Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island
John DiResta => Agent Clonsky
Ken Thomas => Agent Harris
Mary Ashleigh Green => Young Gracie
Melissa De Sousa => Karen Krantz, Miss New York
Michael Caine => Victor Melling
Steve Monroe => Frank Tobin
Wendy Raquel Robinson => Leslie Davis, Miss California
William Shatner => Stan Fields

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • After the morning briefing, Gracie and the captain walk past a picture of Gracie's mom on the wall.
  • William Shatner's character "Stan Fields" is a reference to the actor's Canadian heritage. "Stanfields" is a very famous brand of underwear (known for its long johns) sold in Canada. Also "Stan Fields" sounds remarkably similar to former "Miss America" host [?] Bert Parks.
  • The scene with Gracie coming home after the mission in the restaurant was only scripted as "Gracie comes home and starts boxing". The rest (tripping, kicking the bed, microwave oven) was ad-libbed by Sandra Bullock.
  • Sandra Bullock and Benjamin Bratt did all their own fighting throughout the movie. Stunt doubles were brought in but only to make sure they were using proper form. At one point Bullock accidentally injured Bratt when she had to kick him in the calves after he says, "Yes, you have to wear the bathing suit."
  • Sandra Bullock owns the house in Austin, Texas where some scenes were filmed.
  • There is a scene from the trailer, which is missing in the final version of the film: Her father asks her if she's a lesbian. She laughs and answers "I wish".
  • Heather Burns aka Miss Rhode Island had to learn how to twirl a baton for her role, but drew the line at twirling a fire baton. The crew brought in a professional for the pageant scenes.
  • [?] Matt Dillon was originally cast as Eric Matthews.
  • Edward Herrmann had a cameo role playing Gracie's father, but his scene was cut.
  • The movie's theme song for the Miss United States Pageant was written by screenwriter Marc Lawrence [I] and his 7-year-old son, [?] Clyde Lawrence. Marc wrote the lyrics and Clyde wrote the music.
  • Cheryl "Rhode Island's" answer to the question "What is your idea of a perfect date?" was actually used as an answer in a real beauty pageant.
  • Screenwriter Marc Lawrence [I] named the main character, Gracie, after his daughter Grace.