MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED & FABULOUS
A SURPRISING THUMBS UP FILM REVIEW RATING!
I’m learning not to listen to film critics. Too many times, as of late, I’ve watched a movie that these "film-wise professionals" have rated as poor or excellent, and completely disagreed with them.
Such was the case with this film. Having watched MISS CONGENIALITY when it first came out years ago, I really enjoyed that movie (and so did most critics), but when this sequel showed up and received all kinds of negative press, I stayed away from the theater, not wanting to see something that might diminish my enjoyment of the first flick.
But my fears were unfounded ....
MISS CONGENIALITY 2 is a good film. It’s not great. It’s not as good as its predecessor, but it is entertaining, funny and sexy.
Sandra Bullock always looks good in my opinion (even when she’s stuffed into an FBI agent outfit), and she’s got enough attitude and sense of comedic timing that this movie was a nice return to character Gracie Hart, the loveable Fed who infiltrated the Miss America pageant five years ago. And now, after having been seen on national TV, everyone knows her face, thus disrupting her ability to act as an effective agent.
So "the Bureau" decides to use her as a PR prop and sends her out to give the FBI a morale boost in the public sector. She appears on Regis and Kelly, and even has her own entourage (a gay hair dresser and a make-up specialist.) But when her good friends Miss America (Heather Burns, YOU’VE GOT MAIL, 1998) and Stan Fields (William Shatner, STAR TREK) are kidnaped, she takes the investigation into her own hands with the help of Sam Fuller (Regina King, HOW STELLA GOT HER GROOVE BACK, 1998), who might remind some of the Gracie Hart we all knew before her pageant days.
The comedy is spot-on and, at times, laugh-out-loud (especially during a stage scene involving a "Vegas girl" and "Tina Turner".) The acting is also equally believable.
The only issue some might have is the convenient discovery/understanding of where Miss America and Stan Fields might be killed (think about a pirate ship in Las Vegas.)
Even so, this film is light and easy viewing with a great touch of laughter.