Sandra Bullock came back to screen for 2005’s Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, a cute chick flick, but not nearly as good as its original. In this story, Gracie Hart has left the Miss United States pageant behind her, and is in an off-screen relationship with he co-worker Eric Matthews. Gracie is also losing ground as an efficient agent, since she has become famous for stopping the bombing in San Antonio. Her fling with Eric lasts a whole three weeks, and new things are happening at the FBI New York office. There is another version of the old Gracie working there. She is the petite, feisty, in need of some serious anger management Sam Fuller (Regina King), and she has a attitude that makes Gracie’s old one look like sunshine and lollipops. The two ladies confront each other one afternoon in the gym, and a cat fight nearly breaks out, but the boys break them up.
FBI Asst. Director Harry McDonald (Ernie Hudson) tells Gracie that she can no longer really be working undercover, and that her newly found fame makes her perfect for a different kind of job. She is to become a publicity front for the Agency, and will now work with a team of beauty and poise experts, Joel Meyers (Diedrich Bader), Pam (Leslie Grossman), and Janine (Lusia Strus). A very reluctant Sam Fuller is also on her team as a bodyguard. So, the months pass, and Gracie is now in the hottest designs, and giving out all kinds of wrong advice to young girls that aspire to be like her. Things get a little weird when Gracie’s friends from the pageant, Cheryl Frasier (Heather Burns) and Stan Fields (William Shatner) are kidnapped outside of Las Vegas.
Stan has an issue with gambling, and he is indebted to a loan shark, Frank Marino, for some serious money, but his goons, Lou (Abraham Benrubi) and Karl (Nick Offerman) Steele are not happy with their cut of the take. The Steele boys silence Frank, and take on the job of getting the big bucks from the pageant by holding Stan and Cheryl for ransom. Gracie is bound and determined to find her old friends and arrest the kidnappers. The agents in Vegas are sent a ransom letter in the form of a tape, and now the race is on to find Stan and Cheryl before the deadline.
So, now it is up to Gracie and Sam to sniff out the bad guys, but they are working with an uncooperative know it all FBI Asst. Director Walter Collins (Treat Williams), and his snooty staff. Gracie uses her fame to hunt down the clues, runs into misfortune when hunting down a drag queen that plays the role of Dolly Parton, and ends up tackling the real Dolly at the Venetian Casino and Hotel shopping concourse. Things are not looking so good for Gracie after this, but as a twist of fate takes her back to the Las Vegas airport, Sam comes up with a plan that takes them even closer to solving the case by infiltrating a drag club.
This movie is fun, and cute, and Oh! So fabulous! but still is not quite living up to the standards of the predecessor. Blessed be that Sandra redeemed herself with The Blind Side, which Musings as yet to review. Maybe soon.
I give this film a Musing review of