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Miss Congeniality 2 - Armed and Fabulous (2005)

Original Title : Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Director : John Pasquin
Writer : Marc Lawrence
Katie Ford
Caryn Lucas
Marc Lawrence
Genre : Comedy
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Country : USA
Language : English
Producer : Bruce Berman , Sandra Bullock , Gesine Bullock-Prado , Scott Elias , Marc Lawrence , Mary McLaglen , Endrick Torres
Music : Christophe Beck
Randy Edelman
Steve Kipner
John Van Tongeren
Photography : Peter Menzies Jr.
MPAA Rating : Rated PG-13 for sex-related humor.
IMDB ID : 0385307
Official site : http://www.agentcatwalk2.dk
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Starring

Sandra Bullock Gracie Hart
Regina King Sam Fuller
Enrique Murciano Jeff Foreman
William Shatner Stan Fields
Ernie Hudson McDonald
Heather Burns Cheryl
Diedrich Bader Joel
Treat Williams Collins
Abraham Benrubi Lou Steele
Nick Offerman Karl Steele
Eileen Brennan Carol Fields
Elisabeth Röhm Janet
Leslie Erin Grossman Pam (as Leslie Grossman
Lusia Strus Janine
Molly Gottlieb Priscilla
Susan Chuang Tobin
William O'Leary Jenkins
John DiResta Clonsky
Audrey Wasilewski Mother in Bank
Marjorie Lovett Bank Customer
Michelle Page Punk Girl in Bank
Faith Minton Housewife
Eve Gordon Housewife
Kim Morgan Greene Housewife
Rachel Iverson Rachel (McDonald's Assistant
Regis Philbin Himself
Joy Philbin Herself
Thomas McGoldrick Regis Show Propman
Esteban Cueto Big Man in Bar
Octavia Spencer Middle-Aged Woman
Patricia Andrest Davis Angela
Christopher Ford Jason
James DuMont Man in Bookstore
Sue Tripathy CNN Reporter (as Sue Tripathi
Brendan Patrick Connor Attendant
Affion Crockett Attendant
Brian Shortall Rob Okun
Vic Chao Hills
Benny Nieves Tracking Agent
Marcelo Tubert Roberto Fenice
Jayne Krashin Tourist Woman (Venetian
Rachel Smith Vegas Anchorwoman
Adam LeFevre Bartender
Stephen Tobolowsky Tom Abernathy
Audrey Berger Bar Patron
Richard DeDomenico Bar Patron
Ivanan Trnik Bar Patron
Dana Lorge Bar Patron
Cynthia Pepper Tourist Woman
Dolly Parton Herself
Mary Ann Price Dolly Parton's Assistant
Lloyd Kino Tourist Husband
Fusako Stevenson Housewife Tourist
Scott Noonan Venetian Singer
Tracy Elizabeth Blackwell Venetian Singer
Jeff Shelton Venetian Singer
Emilio Giandomenico Venetian Singer
Dori Kancher Woman in Crowd
Tim Clark Man in Crowd
Ida Flammenbaum Herself
Megan Cavanagh Shirley
Don Perry Buster Harrison
Kimble Jemison Reporter
Susan Leslie Reporter
Emy Coligado Gate Agent
Gregory Stenson Sniper
Don Mirault Griffin
Mark S. Llewellyn SWAT Team Leader
L. Sidney Agent Clark
Larry Edwards Patti LaBelle Impersonator/Tina Impersonator
Frank Marino Himself
Brad Grunberg Elizabeth Taylor Impersonator
Alan James Luzietti Liza Impersonator (as Alan Luzietti
Wendall Jackson Tina Impersonator
Boy Thomas Tina Impersonator
Lonnie Henderson Tina Impersonator
Bobby Newberry Tina Impersonator
Nancy Anderson Drag Club Dancer
Nicole De Lecia Drag Club Dancer (as Nicole Delecia
Alex Estornel Drag Club Dancer
Michele Martinez Drag Club Dancer
Jaayda McClanahan Drag Club Dancer
Ayesha Orange Drag Club Dancer
Tomasina Parrott Drag Club Dancer
Christian Vincent Drag Club Dancer
Todd Sherry Dolly Impersonator
Max Shippee Young Man
Jasmine Jonas Young Woman
Randy Sutton Treasure Island Pit Boss
John Bitley Treasure Island Dancer
Brian Kehoe Treasure Island Dancer
Russell S. Pernus Treasure Island Dancer
Sam Sadovia Treasure Island Dancer
Mitchell Tannis Treasure Island Dancer
Jason Toohey Treasure Island Dancer
Mark Weinhandl Treasure Island Dancer
Adam Austin Agent Austin
Cameron Milzer Reporter
Nate Bynum Reporter
Michael Kendall Reporter
Roxana Ortega Mrs. Gordon
Katie Finneran Head Bar Patron (uncredited
Christy Lee FBI Agent (uncredited
Vladimir Rajcic Cameraman (uncredited
Joel Schmidt FBI Jet Crew (uncredited
Rich Skidmore Agent in Suburban (uncredited
Becky Stockton Worried Banker (uncredited
 

Plot

After Cheryl Frasier and Stan Fields are kidnapped, Gracie goes undercover in Las Vegas to find them.
 

Comments

After thwarting an assassination attempt at a beauty pageant, F.B.I. agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) is having trouble keeping herself useful in undercover situations due to her newfound fame. Chosen to represent the F.B.I. on the publicity circuit, Gracie and her new butch partner, Sam (Regina King, setting her career back 10 years), fly to Las Vegas for an appearance. Once there, a kidnap plot involving a beauty queen (Heather Burns) and a television personality (William Shatner, trying hard) reveals itself, forcing Gracie back into action when the local bureau (led by Treat Williams) can't seem to find any clues. Sometimes, Sandra Bullock makes it really hard to enjoy her career. 2000's "Miss Congeniality" gave Bullock the kind of box office any actor would kill for, but it was a tremendously lazy film, propped up on lame jokes, shrill performances, and centered around watching Bullock nauseatingly try to be funny. It should come as no surprise that "Congeniality 2" is simply a larger helping of the same formula, yet this time the production knows it has is gold in some audience member's eyes, so they layer the poison on thicker, and with less care. This sequel is dreadful in just about every way imaginable, its main focus is to routinely prove a nagging, egotistical point: Sandra Bullock finds herself hilarious. Who am I to argue with audience approval? Yet, to see Bullock go from fine lightly comic/dramatic fare in "Hope Floats" and "Forces of Nature," to crud in the two "Congeniality" films is demoralizing. Here, her idea of a joke is to either snort while laughing (a gag the film goes to five times for effect), act "ugly," or excruciatingly improv at the end of every single line. Bullock doesn't have the chops to be so bravely comedic, and her performance is like watching amateur hour at the local hotel's comedy rumpus room. "Congeniality 2" piles on the hurt further with a sequence that finds Gracie dressed up in old age make-up to investigate a retirement home. Her portrayal of a Jewish grandmother ("Praise Moses!" being her catchphrase) is up there with a mediocre high school talent show, albeit one armed with 80 million dollars to propagate its brand of awfulness. Bullock isn't bringing anything innovative to the material for the sequel, so if you've seen the first "Congeniality," you've already seen the sequel, and potentially the third film too. Bullock doesn't do herself any favors by bringing director John Pasquin into the fold. The former Tim Allen lackey ("Jungle 2 Jungle," "The Santa Clause," and the brutal "Joe Somebody") gives "Congeniality 2" a smooth sitcom sheen he's perfected over the years. His comic timing is deadly, and his acceptance of the malarkey that screenwriter Marc Lawrence (his 4th Bullock feature) is pimping here is astonishing. Eventually, the picture turns into a comic farce that has Gracie and Sam dressing up as drag queens, performing (though the moment calls simply for miming) "Proud Mary" in a nightclub, and fighting the bad guys in the middle of a suspiciously security-free casino. If that wasn't enough, Pasquin and Lawrence have the nerve to try and put an artificial message of "just be yourself" in the middle of this nonsense, which ends up giving the film an extended second ending that nobody asked for. "Miss Congeniality 2" is a sour, tedious, unfunny joke for 115 minutes. It may be armed, but it most certainly isn't fabulous. ------ 1/10
 
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