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Film Watch - 328. Miss Congeniality

Published July 8, 2013

Fast Facts

Title: Miss Congeniality Director: Donald Petrie Year: 2000 Run time: 1hr 49m

Background Info

After the aforementioned This is 40 left me with a massive headache, and it was too hot to get to sleep, we decided watching something a little bit more sedate was in order. We’d snapped this one up as 99p film of the week, in case it ever fit the bill, and suddenly it did! I love Sandra, too.

Live Blog

2:05 - Good grief, baby Sandy has rage issues! 8:00 - Big Sandy has rage issues too. 15:11 - “We’re going to leave you alone with Ben and Jerry.” 17:55 - She snorts when she laughs. 21:14 - She must own a brush, it’s just painful to have hair that long and not brush it. 21:48 - “I dunno, man, she’s got a lot of rage.” I told you! 25:22 - When you go from a scene with William Shatner to another with Michael Caine, you know you’ve got a good cast. 33:47 - So, given the state of her hair, she may not own a brush! 37:18 - I’m glad they haven’t just made her able to walk in heels without any trouble. 45:37 - I like the blue mugs. 54:44 - It’s impossible for the news broadcasts to have got that shot, but I like it anyway. 58:45 - Michael Caine has film-stealer qualities like John Goodman. 1:00:48 - “You’re easy to talk to when you’re not armed.” 1:12:59 - She’s covered in paint. I’m not understanding this neon nightclub paint business. 1:18:44 - Who knows if that’s a compliment or not? You’re like the kid I never had, which is why I never had kids. 1:30:21 - They make a great comedy duo. 1:32:32 - Opera, reggae and the Beach Boys is about an eclectic mix as you can get. 1:36:52 - “That’s right. You be the crown, you wear the crown, you are the crown.” 1:40:38 - I’m sure that Shatner was talking the lyrics of a song over the song there. Perfection.

Conclusions

It did exactly what it said on the tin, and had a stellar cast to push it along. I did think the beginning was drawn out, and if we hadn’t been looking for a bit of peace and quiet, it might have actually been boring. You know exactly where it’s heading, so it’s just going through the motions until they realise Sandra is the one person who can look nice in a dress. Once they got to the actual contest, it started to get more interesting. I liked it, Michael Caine was brilliant but it was predictable in places.

**Rating: **45

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