Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous

on March 24, 2005 by Bridget Byrne
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Sandra Bullock has a pleasant screen presence and she's cute at being funny, but frankly her act in "Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous" seems a bit old -- old hat, old-fashioned, stuffed with old jokes and old clich├ęs as the movie follows a well-worn sequel path, unapologetically re-hashing much of what audiences seemed to like the first time around.

So Bullock's innately klutzy FBI agent Gracie Hart has to be made-over again into a beauty -- this time with the help of an extravagantly queer guy for the straight gal type, played suitably archly by Diedrich Bader. Then she has to defy the rules of her agency in order to again save the beauty pageant queen, surviving a series of slapstick adventures before finding her own true nature again in the value of friendship. It's kinda sweet, completely vacuous, and not really very entertaining, despite being mainly set in razzle-dazzle Las Vegas.

Helping Bullock to keep the energy higher than the script's aspirations is Regina King, landing both physical and verbal punches as a super-tough agent. Making the best of the leftovers are Ernie Hudson, Treat Williams and Enrique Murciano as FBI types -- the good, the self-important, and the gently inept. William Shatner does his shtick again as the pageant emcee, and various drag queens get into the act. Starring Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Heather Burns, Diedrich Bader and Treat Williams. Directed by John Pasquin. Written by Marc Lawrence. Produced by Sandra Bullock. A Warner Bros. release. Comedy. Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor. Running time: 114 min

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