Miss Congeniality (film)

Miss Congeniality (film)
Miss Congeniality

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Donald Petrie
Produced by Sandra Bullock
Marc Lawrence
Katie Ford
Ginger Sledge
Written by Marc Lawrence
Katie Ford
Caryn Lucas
Starring Sandra Bullock
Michael Caine
Benjamin Bratt
Candice Bergen
William Shatner
Music by Ed Shearmur
Cinematography László Kovács
Editing by Billy Weber
Studio Castle Rock Entertainment
Village Roadshow Pictures
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) December 14, 2000 (2000-12-14)[1]
Running time 109 minutes[1]
Country United States
Budget $45 million[1]
Box office $212,742,720[1]

Miss Congeniality is a 2000 American police comedy film directed by Donald Petrie, written by Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, and Caryn Lucas, and starring Sandra Bullock, Michael Caine, Benjamin Bratt, and Candice Bergen.



The film opens at a school where a boy is picking on another. We see Gracie Hart 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 where Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) works for the Federal Bureau of Investigation with Eric Matthews (Benjamin Bratt) as a Special Agent. We see her on a mission where she does not follow orders from her superior and tries to stop their target from choking. Because of her actions one of her squad gets shot. 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 "Citizen". Eric is elected to lead the mission to stop a supposed attack. A computer search identifies Hart as the female FBI agent best qualified to go undercover as a contestant (as Miss New Jersey, the original having quit after she was discovered to have been in a porn film), 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 She is unused to such behavior, however, and sees the pageant and its participants as "outdated and antifeminist". Several suspects exist, including competition director and former pageant winner Kathy Morningside (Candice Bergen); her unpleasant assistant Frank Tobin (Steve Monroe); veteran emcee 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.

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 when the other girls drink out of the glass harp. She unexpectedly becomes friends with Frasier and the other contestants, and when Citizen is caught elsewhere Hart gives up her badge and gun and continue the investigation alone.

Just as Matthew is going to board the plane back to the bureau, he works out that Hart's suspicions were correct. Hart surprises everyone, including herself, by becoming runner-up to Frasier. The agents discover that Morningside and Tobin—secretly her son—impersonated Citizen due to her old grudge against the contest, and prevent them from murdering Frasier with a bomb in the title tiara. Hart's fellow contestants choose her as Miss Congeniality, and she starts a relationship with Matthews.



Most of the movie was shot in Austin, Texas, though it was set in New York City and San Antonio. Exteriors of the St. Regis and a few street scenes were shot in New York. The interior of the St. Regis was actually Austin's Driskill Hotel. The Alamo and River Walk scenes in San Antonio were shot there. The pageant itself was shot at Bass Concert Hall at the University of Texas at Austin and the hotel hosting the contestants was the Hyatt on Lady Bird Lake, again in Austin.

Box Office and Reception

The film opened fifth at the North American box office making $13,853,686 USD in its opening weekend, it had a 5% increase in earnings the week after, enough to make the film soar to #3. The movie was a box office hit, grossing more than $106 million at the United States box office and grossed over $212.7 million worldwide. It was nominated for several awards, including two Golden Globes for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical for Sandra Bullock and Best Original Song - Motion Picture for Bosson's "One in a Million". The film received a 40% rating from Rotten Tomatoes[2] and a 43 metascore from Metacritic,[3] representing mixed or average reviews.

Home media

The film was first released on DVD in 2001, and included two audio commentaries, some deleted scenes, the theatrical trailer, and two documentaries. In 2005, a deluxe edition of the film was released, including different cover art for the DVD and menu. It contained the same features as the other DVD version plus a quiz hosted by William Shatner and a sneak peek at the second film. It was released a second time in 2009, as part of a double pack with the sequel, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous.


A sequel, entitled Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, was released on March 24, 2005.[4] The film starred Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Heather Burns, Diedrich Bader, and Treat Williams. The sequel was less successful, both critically [5] and commercially, earning only $101,393,569.[4]

Armed and Fabulous follows Gracie on a mission to rescue kidnapped Cheryl (Burns) and Stan (Shatner), with the help of her bodyguard and FBI Agent Sam Fuller (King).


Miss Congeniality
Soundtrack album
Released December 22, 2000
Genre Film soundtrack
Label Capitol TVT Soundtrax
  1. "One in a Million" - Bosson (3:30)
  2. "If Everybody Looked the Same" - Groove Armada (3:40)
  3. "She's a Lady (The BT Remix)" - Tom Jones (4:21)
  4. "Anywhere USA" - P.Y.T (4:06)
  5. "Dancing Queen" - A*Teens (3:50)
  6. "Let's Get It On" - Red Venom (3:26)
  7. "Get Ya Party On" - Baha Men (3:20)
  8. "None of Your Business" - Salt 'N' Pepa (3:34)
  9. "Mustang Sally" - Los Lobos (4:59)
  10. "Bullets" - Bob Schneider (4:25)
  11. "Liquored Up and Lacquered Down" - Southern Culture on the Skids (2:26)
  12. "Miss United States (Berman Brothers Mix)" - William Shatner (3:38)
  13. "One in a Million (Bostrom Mix)" - Bosson (3:33)


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