VIDEO: Miss Congeniality (2000)

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What happens when you combine Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, and William Shatner with pratfalls and lipstick? Well… Miss Congeniality, of course! Which obviously means a discussion on makeover narratives and the Pygmalion myth, with supporting materials provided by Trinny and Susannah and the Apostle Paul. Because, why not?

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  • I’ve probably seen this film far more times than any man has a right to. Well done, lady Ursa. =) 

    • Jill Bearup

      It’s got Captain Kirk and Charlie Croker in it. 

      Also women in bikinis.It’s totally manly, what are you on about? :P

      • You present a compelling argument. You win this round, m’lady. =P

  • Sofie Liv

    Oh, so clever as usual.

    It’s so nice to see you around again Ursa, you never fail to deliver some-thing interesting. 

    • Jill Bearup

      Thanks hon. :) It’s been a few weeks, but I’m glad to be back!

  • Russell Brin (Facebook sux)

    This movie always seemed like Sandra Bullock wanted to make a chick flick also be a super hero style movie with comedy, action and stuff…it was good on some levels but failed on others.  Why couldn’t she just be a real super heroine (at the time she had HUGE Hollywood clout) and be either Catwoman, Black Canary or Purgatori?  She wanted to play Shi in a Shi movie (Really obscure comic reference there) but Bill Tucci the creator of Shi wanted an actual Japanese actress to play Shi but none were mainstream or popular enough to ever get a movie made.  Which is sad since Shi is a great character and would’ve made for a good movie.

    • Jill Bearup

      I think she got a bit more clout in the sequel… which was probably why it was more about the funny and the running around, and less about the rom-comming. It’s probably not as objectively funny, but I like the second one better. 

  • The_Unusual_Suspect

    Really like this movie myself, mostly for Michael Caine and William Shatner. The sequel is pretty dire, I remember being so disappointed with it. I agree that Benjamin Bratt’s character was a douche. I remember a scene where him and Bullock go in for a kiss and just before they kiss, he munches on a chocolate bar. Wow, what an ass! But oddly enough I still ended up liking him.

    But the 1st film was still great; so many funny scenes. Like where they use that computer program to put the dresses on different agents (including the male ones). And it’s surprisingly quotable. “What, no armoured car?” “Ah jeez, woman’s ass is in the way”. And when one of the girls is asked about the perfect date, she says April 25th! LOL :D

    Once again, great review Ursa!

    • Jill Bearup

      “Because it’s not too hot and not too cold, and all you need is a light jacket!”
      Cheryl cracks me up.
      The sequel suffers from a lack of Michael Caine. 

  • This movie has William Shatner and Candice Bergen doing similar characters to what they did in Boston Legal…how much could I ask for XD

    But yeah, everyone was hilarious in this, specially Bullock and Caine.

    • Jill Bearup

      “Yup, I’m gonna get chip-faced.”

      Boston Legal! I KNEW she looked familiar. No wonder I liked her so much. :)

      • Cristiona

        Whereas I remember her from Murphy Brown which makes me feel old, but not as old as if I knew her as “Edgar Bergen daughter”, so I’ve got that going for me.

        • Liam Barrett

          I loved Murphy Brown. It was one of the shows me and my Dad used to watch together.