It's been two weeks since FBI agent Gracie Hart (the fantastic Sandra Bullock) made news headlines for saving the Miss United States Pageant and winner Miss Rhode Island, Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns), from being blown up by vengeful Pageant Director Kathy Morningside. She's on a bank stakeout to capture an organized group of bank robbers called The Housewives. But things go wrong when Gracie is recognized by an adoring fan, and the Housewives almost get away. Now considered too recognizable to be a field agent, her popularity jeopardizing herself and other agents, FBI Director MacDonald (Ernie Hudson) decides to make Gracie the "New face of the FBI", a publicity position. Agent Eric Matthews has broken up with her (they were together at the end of the first movie) so Gracie decides to take the position. She's introduced to effeminate Joel Meyers (Diedrich Bader – Office Space, The Beverly Hillbillies) who's going to do a total makeover on her, not just makeup and walking like Victor Melling did, but attitude and public appearance as well. (Diedrich Bader is fantastic in his role as Meyers)
Ten months later, Gracie is making television appearances on Regis's show, author of a book, and traveling everywhere on publicity tours to promote the FBI as a kinder, gentler organization. Assigned to be her body guard is new agent Sam Fuller (Regina King), a tough, angry, undisciplined agent who no one wants to work with. Sam doesn't take crap from anybody, and especially dislikes Gracie who is now the epitome of what she hates in women. When Miss United States Cheryl Frasier and Master Of Ceremonies Stan Fields are kidnapped and held for ransom in Las Vegas, MacDonald sends Gracie there to handle all the press conferences. But Cheryl is Gracie's friend, and Gracie can't just stand by the sidelines; she's an agent after all. So Gracie, against MacDonald's wishes, dives headfirst into the investigation, dragging Sam with her. She's determined to find her friends before the kidnapper kills them.
'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous' was a disappointment after the first movie. It's more stilted and seems to try too hard to be funny, whereas the humor in the first movie flowed naturally. The plot isn't as well written as the first movie either. Sandra Bullock still gives an amazing performance, but its wasted in this sequel. Although, the drag show near the end is pretty hilarious, even if it wasn't necessary to the plot. William Shatner doesn't look well in this movie, and his role wasn't nearly as cleverly written. The visit to Stan's mother at the nursing home was funny also.
Overall, this sequel was unfortunately a miss, which was disappointing to me. I liked the Gracie Hart character so well I would have watched a third movie, but Armed And Dangerous was such a flop that a third movie with the character will never happen. I'm giving the movie 3 stars simply for Sandra Bullock's performance, without her the movie would be 0 stars. Rent, don't buy. Enjoy!
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