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Miss Congeniality (2000)

aka Miss Congeniality

"Never Mess With An Agent In A Dress."

Directed By: 
Details: 109 mins · English, Russian, Español, French, Spanish, Hawaiian · PG-13 (USA)


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Yeah, I probably know it through a wall ;) Completely unbelievable movie of course, but it's just plain FUN, so who cares? But I get the theme song stuck in my brain EACH AND EVERY TIME I watch this movie!

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Funny and original story, Sandra Bullock is, as usual great.

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good funny movie

I feel you Chandler Bing

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Small Gracie Hart
Small Eric Matthews
Small Victor Melling
Small Kathy Morningside
Small Stan Fields
Small Harry McDonald
No_movie_poster Agent Clonsky
Small Cheryl Frasier, Miss Rhode Island
No_movie_poster Karen Krantz, Miss New York
No_movie_poster Frank Tobin
No_movie_poster Mary Jo Wright, Miss Texas
Small Leslie Davis, Miss California
No_movie_poster Alana Krewson, Miss Hawaii
No_movie_poster Agent Harris
No_movie_poster Agent Jerry Grant


No_movie_poster Donald Petrie Director
No_movie_poster Marc Lawrence Writer
No_movie_poster Katie Ford Writer
No_movie_poster Caryn Lucas Writer
Small Sandra Bullock Production
Small Marc Lawrence Writer
No_movie_poster Billy Weber Editing


"Never Mess With An Agent In A Dress."


The film opens at a school where one boy is picking on another boy. We see Gracie Hart (Mary Ashleigh Green) as a child who beats up the bully and tries to help the victim (whom she liked), who instead criticizes her by saying he disliked her because he did not want a girl to help him. She promptly punches the boy in the nose and sulks in the playground.

We go forward in time to when Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is working for the Federal Bureau of Investigation with Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt) as a Special Agent. On a mission, she does not follow orders from her superior and instead tries to stop their target from choking. Because of her actions, one of her squad gets shot, and she is put on a desk job.

The bureau receives a threat against the 75th annual Miss United States beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas, from notorious domestic terrorist "The Citizen". Eric is elected to lead the mission to stop the attack. A computer search identifies Hart as the female FBI agent best qualified to go undercover as a contestant, although she pays little attention to her femininity.

Beauty pageant coach Victor Melling (Michael Caine), whose reputation was ruined after his last contestant criticized his methods, teaches the tomboyish Hart how to dress, walk, and act like a contestant. She is not used to such behavior, however, and sees the pageant and its participants as "outdated and antifeminist". Representing New Jersey as "Gracie Lou Freebush", Hart impresses the audience by playing the glass harp and demonstrating self-defense techniques during the talent competition. She unexpectedly becomes friends with the other contestants.

Several suspects exist, including corrupted competition director and former pageant winner Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen); her unpleasant assistant Frank Tobin (Steve Monroe); veteran MC Stan Fields (William Shatner) who, like Morningside, is being replaced with a younger person; and Rhode Island's Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns), possibly a radical animal rights activist. The Citizen is caught elsewhere, but Hart is beginning to suspect Kathy Morningside and is worried about the safety of the girls. She gives up her badge and gun and continues the investigation alone.

Matthews, after failing to support Hart, is about to leave for the bureau when he works out that Hart's suspicions were correct, and returns to help her. Hart surprises everyone, including herself, by becoming runner-up to Cheryl. The agents discover that Morningside and Tobin—secretly her son—impersonated Citizen due to her old grudge against the contest, and are attempting to murder Cheryl with a bomb in the title tiara. However, Hart and Matthews save the day, and they arrest Morningside and her secret son. Hart's fellow contestants choose her as Miss Congeniality, and she starts a relationship with Matthews.

Release Dates:

Theatrical : 2000-12-22 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2000-12-14 : United States of America

Theatrical : 2001-02-14 : Singapore

Theatrical : 2001-03-01 : New Zealand

Theatrical : 2001-03-15 : Australia

Theatrical : 2001-03-15 : Malaysia

Theatrical : 2001-03-22 : Hong Kong

Theatrical : 2001-03-22 : Netherlands

Theatrical : 2001-03-22 : Switzerland

Theatrical : 2001-03-23 : Ireland

Theatrical : 2001-03-23 : Taiwan

Theatrical : 2001-03-23 : United Kingdom

Theatrical : 2001-03-28 : Belgium

Theatrical : 2001-03-29 : Germany

Theatrical : 2001-03-29 : Israel

Theatrical : 2001-03-30 : Austria

Theatrical : 2001-03-30 : Iceland

Theatrical : 2001-03-30 : South Africa

Theatrical : 2001-03-31 : South Korea

Theatrical : 2001-04-04 : France

Theatrical : 2001-04-06 : Denmark

Theatrical : 2001-04-06 : Spain

Theatrical : 2001-04-11 : Egypt

Theatrical : 2001-04-12 : Czech Republic

Theatrical : 2001-04-12 : Hungary

Theatrical : 2001-04-13 : Greece

Theatrical : 2001-04-13 : Lithuania

Theatrical : 2001-04-13 : Turkey

Theatrical : 2001-04-19 : Slovenia

Theatrical : 2001-04-20 : Estonia

Theatrical : 2001-04-20 : Mexico

Theatrical : 2001-04-20 : Sweden

Theatrical : 2001-04-26 : Argentina

Theatrical : 2001-04-27 : Brazil

Theatrical : 2001-04-27 : Colombia

Theatrical : 2001-04-27 : Norway

Theatrical : 2001-04-27 : Poland

Theatrical : 2001-05-04 : Finland

Theatrical : 2001-05-10 : Peru

Theatrical : 2001-06-09 : Japan

Theatrical : 2001-07-12 : Russia

Theatrical : 2001-07-20 : Guatemala