Nobody does bumbling and endearing better than Sandra Bullock and here she lets it rip. All of Miss Congeniality centers on her hilarious pratfalls and clumsy attempts to fit into the world of beauty pageants, and the laughs are plenty.
Unfortunately, the filmmakers decided to rely almost completely on her excellent physical comedy and practically forgot the need for a script. This film is not sublime silliness, but dumb comedy.
It's a treat to see Candice Bergen in a full-blown comic role, and William Shatner's smarmy charm makes him the perfect pageant emcee, complete with middle-age paunch, bad hair and execrable wardrobe. Michael Caine makes a very funny appearance as FBI agent Bullock's pageant coach.
But there are really only two good reasons to see this film: 1) You are a die-hard Bullock fan; and 2) You grew up watching beauty pageants on television and loved the moment at the end when all the losers converged on the winner and looked like they were trying to rip her crown off amidst tearful embraces. The end of Miss Congeniality mimicks this all-American moment with inspired comic energy.