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Miss Congeniality Review

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    Chicago Sun-Times Roger Ebert

    It isn't bad so much as it lacks any ambition to be more than it so obviously is.

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  • 50

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    USA Today Andy Seiler

    It is a measure of the movie's lack of inspiration that William Shatner is the funniest thing in it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 13+

Pleasant and entertaining; some innuendo and profanity.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Miss Congeniality features lots of fun, lighthearted comedy and well-delivered punch lines, but also contains a fair share of sexual innuendo and sexist jokes. There's lots of punching, kicking, and one explosion (though injuries are few), and a reference to a sexual assault. There is some profanity ("ass," "crap," "Goddamn," and "s--t"). Drinking (cocktails, shots, wine) is occasionally visible. Logos for Starbucks, Ben & Jerry's, and Bud Light are prominently featured.

  • Families can talk about beauty pageants. What are some of the stereotypes about women and beauty pageants? What about women in law enforcement?
  • How do movies reinforce and/or challenge stereotypes? Is it appropriate to rely on stereotypes for humor?
  • How is this film a typical Hollywood "makeover" movie? How is it different?

The good stuff
  • message true1

    Messages: Stereotypical jokes about women, beauty contestants, and female-related subjects are frequent. The various ways that women empower themselves is also discussed.

  • rolemodels true3

    Role models: Agent Hart is rough around the edges and usually doesn't follow the rules (either professionally or socially), but is strong, self-empowered, and has a big heart. Male agents often engage in sexist behavior.

What to watch for
  • violence false3

    Violence: Contains lots of punching, kicking, and pushing, mostly during law enforcement operations; a few lead to injuries. Guns, bombs, and explosions are visible. Women's self-defense maneuvers are also featured/discussed. Screams are occasionally audible as a result of painful beauty regimens. A sexual assault is briefly discussed.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Contains some sexual innuendo, including mild references to virginity, male genitals, breasts, porn, homosexuality, and having sex. Beauty contestants are shown in bras and skimpy bathing suits.

  • language false3

    Language: Occasional strong words like "ass," "crap," "Goddamn," and "s--t" audible.

  • consumerism false1

    Consumerism: Logos for Starbucks, Bud Light, Ben & Jerry's are prominently visible. The Alamo Dome is visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false3

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Drinking (beer, shots, wine, cocktails) is occasionally visible. An extended club scene features some drunken behavior.