Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

Common Sense Media says

Silly but mildly entertaining farce.
  • Review Date: June 20, 2005
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2005
  • Running Time: 115 minutes

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What parents need to know

Positive role models

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
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Drinking.

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.

Parents say

Kids say

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?

QUALITY
 

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. MISS CONGENIALITY 2: ARMED AND FABULOUS is an outlandish and silly but mildly entertaining farce. 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.

Families can talk 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?

Movie details

Theatrical release date:March 25, 2005
DVD release date:June 21, 2005
Cast:Regina King, Sandra Bullock, William Shatner
Director:John Pasquin
Studio:Warner Bros.
Genre:Comedy
Run time:115 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:sex-related humor

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Teen, 15 years old Written bysamr45 October 3, 2013
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

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. The reason for this "15" rating is because of one surprisingly violent scene between the two main characters involving a powerful and dangerous headbutt. Because headbutts have the real potential to kill I would not recommend it for teenagers because of this one unnecessarily violent moment. Without the headbutt this film would probably get a "12" rating.
What other families should know
Great messages
Great role models
Too much violence
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Adult Written bywonder dove May 3, 2013
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12
QUALITY
 

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, however, I think tweens and teens would just love it! The story isn't bad, but does take off from the first one. In this round, Gracie (Sandra) is partnered with Sam Fuller whom she does not get along with at all, they are completely opposite which is where most of the humor takes place. They must go on the run to save Gracie's friends from the first movie (pageant winner of the Miss United States and pageant representative Stan Fields) from getting kidnapped. Later, Gracie and Sam become closer as they get to know each other better (which was very predictable!) Violence is all done in humor and has some martial arts, hitting, pushing and arguing. Sexual content is fairly mild and mostly all talk including the word "sluts" more than once, Gracie deals with her ex-boyfriend, there is a reference to cheating. Language isn't bad with a couple dirty words meant for humor. Also some drinking but not much. 12+ teens seems fair.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Kid, 10 years old August 25, 2012
AGE
15
QUALITY
 

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