Miss Congeniality - Film Analysis - Make-over Scene

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Miss Congeniality was the first of three Sandra Bullock films to be directed by Donald Petrie. Rated ‘M’, due to its low level violence, the all American comedy film was released by Warner Bros in 2000. Miss Congeniality later went on to claim the ‘Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy’, ‘Funniest Actress in a Motion Picture,’ and ‘Favourite Actress – Comedy’ .The success of this film is based upon Bullock’s acting abilities and a great script that includes adventure, action, humour and romance all in one.

Gracie Hart, played by Sandra Bullock, is an undercover FBI agent with a reputation for being aggressive, tomboyish and hard-nosed. Her argumentative nature has made her few friends, apart from her trusting, sensitive partner, Eric Matthews, played by Benjamin Bratt. Her true abilities are however put to the test when she is called upon to infiltrate a Miss United States Pageant after a terrorist threatens to bomb it. Gracie, who prides herself on her toughness, must now feminise her behaviour to effectively participate in the pageant with the help of Victor Melling, played by Michael Caine, a beauty pageant consultant who dreams of whisking away Gracie’s past and creating “Gracie Lou Freebush” for an appreciative, all-American audience. Gracie must play the role of a beauty queen and FBI agent and try not to blow her undercover outfit. Miss Congeniality, which was produced by the star herself, also features William Shatner and Candice Bergen in supporting roles.

The extract I would like to show you is at the beginning of the movie when Gracie receives her makeover. This scene is one of the most important scenes in the film as it is the turning point for the whole movie. This extract will show you the creativeness of the director and editors as many editing techniques have being shown, and we will see how a ‘rough character’ is transformed into beauty pageant entrant.

*Plays Extract*

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