"Miss Congeniality" was a funny little film. Nothing special, but entertaining. No one ever considered that it would receive or needed a sequel - or so we thought. Sandra Bullock, whose career has taken a nosedive these last few years, has returned as Gracie Hart, the snorting, mildly crude FBI agent who is also the runner-up in the Miss USA pageant.
Since she can no longer work undercover, she has become the face of the FBI and spends most of her time promoting the bureau around the country. Teamed with a bodyguard who also happens to be a mad, black woman (Regina King), she no longer gets to do fieldwork and instead works on television for the most part. That is, until Miss USA and Stan Fields (William Shatner), the show's host, are kidnapped, and Miss Congeniality is forced to take matters into her own hands.
Imagine a group of Warner Brothers executives sitting around a table attempting to figure out a way to boost revenues. One of them throws out an idea and says, "How about we make 'Miss Congeniality 2', call it 'Armed and Fabulous,' and give it a silly plot that bears little resemblance to the original while at the same time being the exact same movie only with overused jokes?' The Warner Brothers executives think about it for a moment, pondering what it would take to create a lucrative franchise out of such a film, and then stand up and applause the man who came up with the idea. And applause they do, cheering loudly and dancing to "We Are the Champions." The CEO jumps up onto the table and raises his fists triumphantly into the air, occasionally pounding them against his chest. The secretary, confident that she'll get a raise once this movie is released, performs a minor striptease. The CFO does the same thing.
Yes, it sounds ludicrous, but even had the idea just been thrown out like "Let's make 'Miss Congeniality 2,'" and all the executives agreed, it would still be ludicrous. "Miss Congeniality 2" is not a bad movie in the same way that so many sequels are; it is tolerable to sit through and there are one or two funny parts. But, it is just so pointless and bland and boring and uninteresting and unnecessary that I had to use synonyms of the same words to get my point across. There is absolutely no reason why we should waste our time with a sequel to "Miss Congeniality" when we could just as easily go to the video store and rent the original for half the price and get twice the entertainment value out of it. Then again, while I liked the original I have no real interest in watching it again - and that's the problem.
Hell, if you're a diehard fan of the original, and there are people like that for every movie that exists in the history of man, then you may enjoy this sequel. Of course, if you're a diehard fan you'll have already seen this movie months earlier when it was in theaters for two weeks...
Review by Erik Samdahl unless otherwise indicated.
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