Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
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Silly but mildly entertaining farce.
  • PG-13
  • 2005
  • 115 minutes
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Parents say

age 12+
Based on 5 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 20 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Strong and capable women characters.

Violence

Action-style violence including guns and a lot of hitting and kicking, no one hurt.

Sex

Some mild sexual references.

Language

Some mild language.

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie has some strong language and a lot of action-style violence (no one hurt) and peril. There is some sexual humor, some crude jokes, and a joke about drinking. A strength of the movie is its portrayal of strong, loyal, and capable diverse characters, including minorities, women, and a gay character.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bywonder dove May 3, 2013

Hmm, not bad!

Miss Congeniality 2 was good, but the first one was way, way better in my opinion. This one seemed sillier in a kid way, less funny and less entertaining, howev... Continue reading
Adult Written bySmustangsally99 April 9, 2008
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2012
Teen, 15 years old Written bysamr45 October 3, 2013

Good sequel! Very entertaining!

This film is not as good as the first. It does have a positive message and is quite a good sequel. There are some mild sex references and some moderate language... Continue reading

What's the story?

Gracie's notoriety from her exploits from the previous film has made it impossible for her to do undercover work and the romance has come unraveled. She is given the choice between a desk job and going on the road to do promotional work for the Bureau. While she does not want to become "FBI Barbie," she does not want to deal with the loneliness and insecurity of her old life, so she gets another makeover, goes on a book tour, and ends up demonstrating her famous SING method of self-defense (that's "solar plexus, instep, nose, and groin") on Regis, with the help of Sam Fuller, her hostile new associate (Regina King). When Gracie's friends from the beauty pageant (Heather Burns as Miss United States of America and William Shatner as pageant representative Stan Fields) get kidnapped, and Gracie and Sam have to outsmart not just the bad guys but also the local FBI by-the-books types to save the day.

Is it any good?

This sequel is an outlandish and silly but mildly entertaining farce. The original Miss Congeniality was a Cinderella story with Sandra Bullock as the ironically-named FBI agent Gracie Hart. The shy and dowdy girl who snorted when she laughed got a glamour makeover so that she could go undercover in a beauty competition. She unleashed her inner bombshell, bonded with her fellow beauty queens, and captured both the bad guys and the heart of a hunky fellow agent. But there's no such thing as happily ever after when there's sequel money to be made. In MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND FABULOUS, Bullock chases and tackles someone she thinks is a Dolly Parton impersonator, dresses up like an old Jewish lady in a wheelchair, and does a lot of racing around in sequins and high heels. But the reversal of the usual makeover/romance theme adds, if not weight, at least a bit more interest.

As producer of the film, Bullock has tailored it around her talents, and her pleasure in the role makes it more fun to watch. The wonderful Regina King (Ray) is unfortunately relegated to scowls and punches for most of the movie but gets to shine in her own set of spangles near the end. Dietrich Bader (The Drew Carey Show, Napoleon Dynamite) and Eileen Brennan (Private Benjamin) provide some bright moments but the rest of the cast is cardboard-y and practically invisible.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about whether "people care about people who care about themselves." Why was Sam so angry? What was the most important thing that Sam and Gracie learned?

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