Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Movies » Reviews » Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous » User review

The sequel doesn't live up to the first movie

  • Jan 22, 2009
  • by

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!

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed And Fabulous

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
More Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and... reviews
review by . March 30, 2005
Pros: None     Cons: Lousy plot, stale jokes, tired pacing.     The Bottom Line: A complete and utter waste of time and effort.     As the weather starts to warm indicating the coming spring and summer seasons, scores of sequels arrive at local box offices. Sequels have always been desired by Hollywood as thanks to the success of previous titles in the series, a built in audience helps assure big openings.      With …
About the reviewer

Ranked #47
I want to thank Everyone for welcoming me back! :) I'm here to stay folks, my sabbatical on writing reviews is over and I'll continue to review for Lunch. It's great to be back, too! Thanks again for … more
Consider the Source

Use Trust Points to see how much you can rely on this review.

Your ratings:
rate more to improve this
About this movie


Starring Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Diedrich Bader, William Shatner, Ernie Hudson
Directed by John Pasquin
Written by Mark Lawrence, Katie Ford

Product Description
Sandra Bullock returns as Federal Agent Gracie Hart in this action comedy and goes undercover in Las Vegas to rescue her best friend, the Miss United States Pageant winner.
view wiki


Cast: Sandra Bullock, Regis Philbin, Nick Offerman, Ernie Hudson, Eileen Brennan, Stephen Tobolowsky, Affion Crockett, Abraham Benrubi, Gregory Stenson, Benny Nieves, James DuMont, Diedrich Bader, Estaban Cueto, John DiResta, Faith Minton, Treat Williams, Regina King, Adam Le Fevre, William O'Leary, Emy Coligado, Heather Burns, Brad Grunberg, Vic Chao, Brian Kehoe, Audrey Wasilewski, Octavia L. Spencer, Lusia Strus, Nancy Anderson, Susan Leslie, Kim Morgan Greene, Lloyd Kino, Megan Cavanagh, Alan Luzietti, Dolly Parton, Enrique Murciano Jr., Elisabeth Röhm, Leslie Grossman, Molly Gottlieb, Joy Philbin, Marcelo Trubert, Don Perry, Dana Lorge, Marjorie Lovett, Kimble Jemison, Christopher Paul Ford, Eve Gordon, Cameron Milzer, Cynthia Pepper, Marcelo Tubert, Don Mirault, Mary Anne Price, Brendan P. Connor, Lonnie Henderson, Mark Llewellyn, Todd Sherry, Rachel L. Smith, Alex Estronel, L. Sidney, Susan Chuang, Dori Kancher, Max Shippee, Nate Bynum, Michelle Page, Rachel Iverson, Thomas McGoldrick, Patricia Andrest Davis, Sue Tripathi, Brian Shortall, Jayne Krashin, Audrey Berger, Richard DeDomenico, Ivanan Trnik, Fusako Stevenson, Scott Noonan, Tracy Elizabeth Blackwell, Jeff Shelton, Emilio Giandomenico, Tim Clark, Ida Flammenbaum, Larry Edwards, Frank Marino, Wendall Jackson, Boy Thomas, Bobby Newberry, Nicole DeLecia, Michele Martinez, Jaayda McClanahan, Ayesha Orange, Tomasina Parrott, Christian Vincent, Jasmine Jonas, Randy Sutton, John Bitley, Russell S. Pernus, Sam Sadovia, Mitchell Tannis, Jason Toohey, Mark Weinhandl, Adam Austin, Michael Kendall, Roxana Ortega, Christopher Ford
Director: John Pasquin
Genre: Action, Adventure, Comedy
Release Date: March 24, 2005
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Polls with this movie
28 Days

Sandra Bullock Films


First to Review
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since