Miss Congeniality 2 showcases Bullock's comedic side

Posted Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 10:01pm

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous catches up with FBI Agent Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) shortly after she successfully disarmed a threat against the Miss United States Pageant while working undercover as a contestant in Miss Congeniality and became an overnight media sensation.

Things haven't been going so well for her lately. Reeling from a broken romance and frustrated to find her newfound fame is jeopardizing the undercover work she loves, Gracie reluctantly lets her boss, Agent McDonald (Ernie Hudson), talk her into serving the Bureau in the only way now possible: coifed and styled for the talk show circuit as "the face of the FBI." Capitalizing on the greatest PR coup in agency history, the FBI presses their new poster girl into a whirl of photo ops where she re-enacts her pageant exploits to an adoring public, with the help of personal stylist Joel (Diedrich Bader) to smooth her rougher edges.

Though resistant at first, Gracie soon warms to the attention and it's not long before she's getting into her new role a little too much. Her new partner Sam Fuller (Regina King), a tough, ambitious agent who is clearly not her biggest fan, is the first to point out that the pampered Bureau star is turning into FBI Barbie.

But when Gracie's best friends, pageant winner Cheryl Frazier and emcee Stan Fields (Heather Burns and William Shatner, reprising their Miss Congeniality roles) are kidnapped in Las Vegas, Gracie's crime-fighting instincts kick back in.

Not wanting to risk losing their high-profile mascot, the FBI top brass sideline her to press conference duty in Las Vegas and send Sam along as her bodyguard, leaving local FBI supervisor Collins (Treat Williams) to spearhead the rescue effort while junior agent Jeff Foreman (Enrique Murciano) tries to keep Gracie and her entourage safely out of the way till its all over.

But when Collins seems to be leading the investigation in the wrong direction, Gracie must prove once again that appearances are deceiving and that when it comes to breaking a tough case or helping her friends there's nothing she won't do.

Castle Rock Entertainment presents, in association with Village Roadshow Pictures, a Fortis Films Production: Sandra Bullock stars in Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, also starring Regina King, Enrique Murciano, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson, Heather Burns, Diedrich Bader, Treat Williams. Directed by John Pasquin, the film is produced by Sandra Bullock. Produced and written by Marc Lawrence. Mary McLaglen, John Kirby and Bruce Berman are the executive producers. Gesine Bullock-Prado is co-producer. Director of photography is Peter Menzies, Jr., A.C.S.; production designer is Maher Ahmad; and editor, Garth Craven. Music supervisor is John Houlihan. Costumes designed by Deena Appel. Soundtrack album on Warner Sunset Records.

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