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Miss Congeniality

Grace (Sandra Bullock) isn't. She's a Federal Agent who has been a life-long tomboy. She is the job, and sees nothing wrong with that. She lacks poise, charm, refinement and tangle-free hair.

Enter The Citizen, a bomber who has now threatened the Miss United States pageant (sorry, scholarship programme) and Grace must be made over to go undercover.

Comediene Sandra Bullock obviously has a great deal of fun playing the girl least likely to be asked to the prom. She snorts, she's aggressive and she's armed. This is bad enough in a federal agent, but it is impossible in a potential beauty queen.

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A cop comedy with a difference, Miss Congeniality satirises the beauty pageant industry kindly. Bullock leads a talented cast including Michael Caine as the pageant expert who masterminds her makeover and gives her a few home truths about her attitude. The pageant director is played by Candace Bergen and William Shatner excels as the ageing M.C.

A fun film that makes no pretence to be more than it is, and is exactly what it sets out to be, a heartwarming story about finding friends and love. Well-balanced comedy.

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Due for Australian release 15 March 2001
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See also: Donald Petrie (How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, Miss Congeniality, The Associate, Mystic Pizza, My Life in Ruins)
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Title: Miss Congeniality (2001)
Written by: Marc Lawrence (written by) & Katie Ford (written by) & Caryn Lucas (written by)
Directed by: Donald Petrie
running time: 109 mins
rating: M

The Players: Sandra Bullock, Benjamin Bratt, Michael Caine
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