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July 2005

By Wilson Morales

Miss Congeniality 2 DVD

Starring: Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano, Diedrich Bader, Heather Burns, William Shatner, Nick Offerman, Abraham Benrubi, Ernie Hudson, Treat Williams, Elisabeth Rohm, Dolly Parton, Lusia Strus, Leslie Grossman
Director: John Pasquin
Format: Color, Closed-captioned, Widescreen, Dolby
Studio: Warner Home Video
DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
Run Time: 115 min




Synopsis: The story 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. Having become a media celebrity following her heroic pageant exploits, Gracie has been spending more time lately at the salon than the shooting range, working the talk show circuit and promoting her book. When her friends, pageant winner Cheryl and emcee Stan, are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Graciešs all-out efforts to jump back into action to save them puts her at loggerheads with the FBI top brass who donšt want to risk losing their mascot and fear she might not be up to the job anymore.

DVD Features:
- Available subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
- Additional scenes
- Theatrical trailer

If anyone with some clout had something to say to Sandra Bullock, it would be to stay away from sequels. They don't work for her. The first sequel she did was "Speed 2", reprising a role to the original film that made her a Hollywood star as opposed to just being another actress looking for the big hit. That film was poorly written and lacked the one thing that the first film had going, the romantic interest, or basically Keanu Reeves. It bombed with critics and the audiences. With her next sequel, Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, not only is it worst than "Speed 2", but it lacks the spark and charm that made the original cute and fun to enjoy.

Watching this film is almost torture. There's nothing of interest that would make one come to see film, with maybe the exception of seeing Regina King in a big role opposite Bullock. So many factors that made the original decent, fun, and entertaining are gone. Gone is the gay humor that Michael Caine in the first film. Instead we get Dietrich Bader who wears makeup as a replacement. Benjamin Bratt may not have worked well chemistry-wise with Halle Berry in "Catwoman", but he is surely missed here. The buddy factor between King and Bullock has no chemistry and feels forced. Bullock co-produced this film, and you may have to wonder what she read in the script that her say yes to this project. Can't blame Hudson, Shatner and Burns for reprising their roles. Sequels means more money. By the time the caper is solved, we wonder what was fabulous about Grace in the first place.

There are 12 deleted scenes on the DVD that wouldn't have made a difference. It wouldn't have been nice if they included commentary by some of the prinicipals to get an idea why a sequel was necessary, but thankfully they spared us.