Miss Universe Scandal Reminds Us of Miss Congeniality

Posted 2015/12/24 6948 0

Time does fly, many of us might be shocked to know that it's been already 15 years since we met Gracie Lou Freebush. And somehow, the scandal around the crown in Miss Universe reminds us of Gracie and her ripping a crown off the winner’s head, but for a much better reason.

Miss Congeniality is a comedy movie revolving around the biggest American beauty pageant, directed by Donald Petrie, starring Sandra Bullock. The movie is a big success in terms of revenue, with its budget of only $45 million, Miss Congeniality brought back more than $200 million for the filmmakers. In addition, Miss Congeniality also received two nominations for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Comedy/Musical and Best Original Song.

The movie follows Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) FBI agent who goes undercover as a beauty contestant to thwart the efforts of a terrorist threatening to blow up the 75th annual Miss United States beauty pageant in San Antonio, Texas. But the problem is that Gracie Hart shows no signs of having any femininity in her demeanor or appearance. In order to transform this stubborn contestant from frumpy to qualified enough, her boss has to ask for help from beauty pageant coach Victor Melling. But right at the first look, Victor could not help exclaiming: "If you are Grace Hart, I quit here and now." However, finally Gracie, with the help from Victor and makeup artist team, can now enter as Miss New Jersey, replacing a contestant who was discovered to have acted in a porno film. When the killer is suddenly caught, everything seems to be over, but Gracie tries to convince her boss that another sinister element is present at the pageant.

Gracie used to see the pageant and its participants as "outdated and antifeminist", but as she proceeds in the transformation, she gets to know the other contestants, not only as potential criminals, but also as real people. Gracie now will do whatever it takes to protect her new friends, namely the other innocent contestants, whom she finds really beautiful, passionate and carefree. Those who have watched Miss Congeniality or been interested in the scandal around the crown in Miss Universe 2015 might find a loose connection between 2 events: Gracie runs to the stage, steals the crown off Miss. Rhode Island's head and Steve Harvey announced the wrong contestant so Miss Columbia gave up her crown to Miss Philippines. However, no one in Miss Congeniality gets hurt because the action of Gracie has no intention except for prevent her friend from the crown with bomb inside.

Miss Congeniality is a comedy movie so there are some unavoidably exaggerating scenes. But obviously it offers an interesting and humorous perspective about beauty contests which are spreading like a disease. More importantly, Miss Congeniality succeeds in conveying meaningful messages of love, friendship and peace or like the answer of Gracie to the judge's question: What is the one most important thing our society needs? - That would be harsher punishment for parole violators, Stan.

Miss Congeniality is available on 123Movies, please scroll down to watch it if you're interested.

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