Sandra Bullock is fun because she's relatable. Sure, Miss Congeniality is about beauty pageants, but Gracie Hart, FBI agent, doesn't start out as the princess looking for the crown. She is a mess--in all terms of the word. Her hair is a mess. Her shirt is a mess. Nothing goes quite right for this harsh talking badass.
When she has to go undercover to stop a killer, she finds herself emerged in a beauty pageant, and the transformation begins.
We fall in love with her down to earth style. She eats pizza while the contestants are eating carrots and sipping water. She can roll her eyes at herself when she has to wear makeup and pushup bras, because she sees the silliness of it all. At one point Gracie falls during the pageant, and she laughs at herself. That is something we all wish we could do, whether we're alone or in front of a million viewers on TV.
Yes, there is romance too in this finding yourself comedy. Gracie's partner, Eric (Benjamin Bratt), knows how to push her buttons and the chemistry is there when she's chewing like a cow and when she's all dolled up.
Again, this is a feel good movie full of one-liners that just makes you happy to relax for a few hours. Perhaps that's why it's one of my favorites. Strong woman looking bad and looking good. Sometimes its what's on the inside that really counts.
(Note the trailer has parts that aren't even in the movie...haha)
Bernadette Marie is an Internationally Bestselling author of Contemporary Romance as well as a mother of 5, and owner of 5 Prince Publishing and Illumination Author Events. Read her full bio here.