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Gracie's newfound fame is jeopardizing the undercover work she loves, she reluctantly becomes the new poster girl for the FBI. Her new partner feels she is becoming a FBI Barbie. But when Gracie's best friends, pageant winner Cheryl Frazier and emcee Stan Fields are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie's crime-fighting instincts kick back in.
Comedy - Like the original film, this is a silly, female-centered comedy, but
the action beats are upped a bit, from some brutal fights (though
largely played for laughs) and a big action finale. Fans of Sandra
Bullock should be satisfied though as she's doing her
spunky/silly/likable comic act that distinguished the first film.
PROFANITY: A handful of miscellaneous profanities. SEX/NUDITY: None. VIOLENCE: A shooting and a number of rough fight scenes. DRUGS/ALCOHOL: Alcohol and tobacco use. ACTION: Fights, foot chases. COMEDY: Wisecracks, silly slapstick, some gay humor.
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Berardinelli, Internet CriticFull Review Poor Using slickly-made commercials, Miss Congeniality tries to fool us into believing it's an action/drama/comedy, but it doesn't take long to recognize that the action is routine, the drama is apt to induce cringing, and the comedy is stale.
Roger EbertFull Review Below Average It is not enough for a character to "act funny." A lot of humor comes from tension between who the character is and what the character does or is made to do. Since Miss Congeniality is never other than a ditz, that she acts like one is not hilarious.
USA TodayFull Review Above Average Much of Sandra Bullock's screen appeal, going back to Wrestling Ernest Hemingway and Speed, comes from our perception that she's a good sport. It will help if you're one, too, if you choose to sit through the sporadically amusing but sometimes slogging Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous...
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We collected 175 moviegoer opinions. Great Opinions! Aren't you glad you don't have to rely on professional movie critic reviews? Of the four critics we list on our site only one thought it was an above average movie. That's certainly not what the people thought. Approximately half rated it either "Fantastic" or "Excellent" with most of the remaining half rating it "Very Good," which is also a great opinion. There are a fair number of "Good" opinions, which is a bit on the low side, but still indicates a movie they enjoyed, they just didn't think it was great.
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous catches up with FBI Agent Gracie Hart (SANDRA BULLOCK) shortly after she successfully disarmed a threat against the Miss United States Pageant while working undercover as a contestant in Miss Congeniality and became an overnight media sensation.
Things haven't been going so well for her lately. Reeling from a broken romance and frustrated to find her newfound fame is jeopardizing the undercover work she loves, Gracie reluctantly lets her boss, Agent McDonald (ERNIE HUDSON), talk her into serving the Bureau in the only way now possible: coifed and styled for the talk show circuit as "the face of the FBI." Capitalizing on the greatest PR coup in agency history, the FBI presses their new poster girl into a whirl of photo ops where she re-enacts her pageant exploits to an adoring public, with the help of personal stylist Joel (DIEDRICH BADER) to smooth her rougher edges.
Though resistant at first, Gracie soon warms to the attention and it's not long before she's getting into her new role a little too much. Her new partner Sam Fuller (REGINA KING), a tough, ambitious agent who is clearly not her biggest fan, is the first to point out that the pampered Bureau star is turning into FBI Barbie.
But when Gracie's best friends, pageant winner Cheryl Frazier and emcee Stan Fields (HEATHER BURNS and WILLIAM SHATNER, reprising their Miss Congeniality roles) are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie's crime-fighting instincts kick back in.
Not wanting to risk losing their high-profile mascot, the FBI top brass sideline her to press conference duty in Las Vegas and send Sam along as her bodyguard, leaving local FBI supervisor Collins (TREAT WILLIAMS) to spearhead the rescue effort while junior agent Jeff Foreman (ENRIQUE MURCIANO) tries to keep Gracie and her entourage safely out of the way till its all over.
But when Collins seems to be leading the investigation in the wrong direction, Gracie must prove once again that appearances are deceiving and that when it comes to breaking a tough case or helping her friends there's nothing she won't do.