Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005) by The Critical Movie Critics

Movie Review: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)


With the mildly surprising success of “Miss Congeniality,” Hollywood and Sandra Bullock figured why not pump out a sequel and hope for similar results. What do they get? Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous. A mildly entertaining movie (of course).

Ms. Bullock reprises her role as FBI agent Gracie Hart. The dressed down, seemly stupid woman, who in reality is a hot, smart, tough broad (yes, Sandra Bullock IS hot). For this sequel, the producers bring as much of the first cast back as possible and ask Regina King to take the place of Benjamin Bratts’ reluctant partner.

Basically, the movie works. Gracie continues with her half-witted schemes that work and the feuding chemistry between her and Sam Fuller (Regina’s role) is fun to watch (even if it is a bit over-the-top). However, Diedrich Bader (Oswald, from “The Drew Carey Show” fame) steals the show. He plays an outrageous gay guy, who is assigned to oversee the hair and wardrobe of Gracie, who is now the FBI spokeswoman. Every scene he is in, I found myself laughing. Want a funny movie? All you have to do is write in an overly homosexual character. Even die-hard homophobes will shit themselves from laughing so hard!

My only real drawback of Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous is Bullock doesn’t show any skin. Doesn’t wear any tight fitting dresses or bikinis either. Surely they could have found an excuse to get her into something even semi-revealing. Overall though, I’d recommend seeing Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous if you enjoyed the first movie or need a way to spend two hours of your life and $15. Hell, just to watch Diedrich Bader act like an imbecile is worth the price of the ticket!

Critical Movie Critic Rating:
3 Star Rating: Average

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The Critical Movie Critics

I'm an old, miserable fart set in his ways. Some of the things that bring a smile to my face are (in no particular order): Teenage back acne, the rain on my face, long walks on the beach and redneck women named Francis. Oh yeah, I like to watch and criticize movies.


'Movie Review: Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (2005)' have 8 comments

  1. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 11, 2005 @ 3:50 pm Talking Head

    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous suffers from the same symptoms of most sequels, especially comedy sequels. The story is somewhat contrived seeing the F.B.I Barbie come alive, and they try to resurrect some of the jokes and bits that made the first movie a hit. In addition, some of the dialogue is hokey, and over the top. It was intentionally done, and fits with the character concepts, but still is hard to watch in parts.
    However, that being said, the movie was enjoyable. There are points where little things come together that by themselves are mildly amusing, but together make you laugh out loud. Sandra Bullock and Regina King made a great pair, alternately at each other’s throats, and pulling each other out of sticky situations.
    As for the drawback with the movie for the lack of skin flaunting Sandra B, now that would have been lost within the bouts of laughter that the movie had to offer. She could be a girl with nice curves, but not exactly a show stopper.
    Before seeing this movie, know what you expect of it. If you expect it to be better than the first, you’ll be disappointed. But it’s still a funny movie, and worth seeing.
    I rate this movie B.

  2. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 11, 2005 @ 4:09 pm Mr. Pink

    Agreed, most comedy sequels use the same gags as their predecessor. Sometimes it works, in most cases it doesn’t. Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous doesn’t necessarily use the same gags as the first film. It does at times, however, put the characters in similar instances. This allows for new twists and turns, which as a whole, the movie delivers.
    I disagree with the Sandra Bullock comments. The first movie did find a way to get her primped up and in a tight dress. That was part of the charm of the original! They could have found a way to do it here too. She is a “show stopper”. Unfortunately, most of her movies have her covered head to toe, so it is easy to think that she doesn’t have any worthwhile ASSets. This girl is built for speed. She needs to be ridden.

  3. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 16, 2005 @ 4:52 pm Talking Head

    The movie does deliver but all I’m saying is, this was a generic sequel where it kept going on some tedious spiral which was predictable and contrived with some fresh moments.
    Sandra Bullock seems to have got an elaborate make-over spread over two movies. As for defining assets, now thats relative. To me she is nothing more than just good looking with some decent curves. She does not have the oozing sexiness which calls for screen presence even though some might be lacking in the asset departments, a good example to quote would be Kate Hudson.

  4. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 17, 2005 @ 9:27 pm Mr. Pink

    Hmm…Am I to understand that you think Kate Hudson oozes sexiness and has screen presence? Are you high? Bea Arthur exudes more sexiness than Ms. Hudson.
    I stand by my remark “This girl is built for speed. She needs to be ridden.”
    Amen.

  5. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 19, 2005 @ 9:33 am UChewMe

    I think there is more go for Kate Hudson than to waddle around with Ms Sandra B.
    I’m willing to take a poll within the premises of 8440 Remington Ave to see how many actually like Sandra Bullock and consider her top tier versus how many don’t.
    You are on!

  6. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 19, 2005 @ 9:55 am Mr. Pink

    Let’s not just stop there. Let’s compare Kate Hudson with Sandra Bullock and determine which is hotter.
    Bet on, UChewMe.

  7. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 19, 2005 @ 9:57 am MunchBack

    You have a deal!

  8. The Critical Movie Critics

    May 19, 2005 @ 11:03 am Mr. Pink

    I’ll have the webmaster of this fine site set one up. Silly boy.

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