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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
March 23, 2005
45 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), PG-13 [R-13*] -- ... two peas on the same pod.

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Castle Rock Entertainment, Village Roadshow, Fortis Films
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Golden Village, Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): John Pasquin
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Sandra Bullock, Gesine Bullock-Prado, Scott Elias, Marc Lawrence, Mary McLaglen, Endrick Torres
Written by: Marc Lawrence
Characters: Marc Lawrence, Katie Ford, Caryn Lucas
Cinematography/Camera: Peter Menzies Jr.
Music: Christophe Beck, Randy Edelman, John Van Tongeren
Film Editing: Garth Craven
Casting: Ray Favero, Nancy Foy
Production Design: Murray Ahmad
Art Direction: Andrew Max Cahn, Greg Richman
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

I guess if it is rated PG-13 in 2000 and after it is going to earn a R-13 score. Miss Congeniality 2 is no exception. From the following comparative data display for the first and this Miss Congeniality, one can see they are two peas in the same pod.

The overnight fame and notoriety Gracie Hart (Sandra Bullock) earned as a Miss USA Pageant contestant in Miss Congeniality of 2000 was not an asset for her in her service as an FBI agent. In this 2005 installment of the Miss Congeniality franchise, Gracie and other FBI agents positioned themselves in a bank that was the likely next target of robbers. Several people at the bank recognized Gracie and blew her cover, causing a nearly foiled police action. Gracie's recently failed love relationship didn't help her efficiency as a FBI agent, either. Indeed, Austin Bureau chief McDonald (Ernie Hudson) informed Gracie that she needed a change, that her status as a field agent was no longer possible since she had become so famous.

Gracie had to accept a desk assignment or become the new Public Relations "poster child" representative for the FBI. Gracie was now to make the talk show circuit as "the new face of the FBI." Though reluctant in the beginning, the now pampered Gracie began to love it. Maybe too much.

Now a monster reared its ugly head. Gracie's friends from the Pageant days became victims of extortion and kidnapping by a couple Las Vegas goons of a street shark who became so fed up with their "boss" that the goons threatened to kill their "boss" by holding him by the ankles over a high railing. From that point, the goons decided to strike out on their own. Gracie's Pageant friends, the current Miss USA, Cheryl Frazier (Heather Burns) and ex-emcee Stan Fields (William Shatner), became the first victims of the new dastardly duo and were held for ransom.

From near the beginning of the film, Gracie developed an adversarial relationship with a pushy and arrogant FBI agent Sam(antha) Fuller (Regina King). Though horns were locked form their first meeting, Fuller became Gracie's "body guard" as Gracie, now a benevolent and highly public image -- the "FBI Barbie" -- was perceived as being too tenacious to stay out of investigations. Fuller was to keep Gracie out of official enforcement affairs.

But not for long. With her best friend Cheryl and her previous emcee Stan in peril, Gracie changed hats and became once again the brilliant FBI agent she always has been. Gracie reported to Las Vegas to find her friends (with Fuller nipping at her heels all the way), Gracie locked horns with the Las Vegas Bureau chief, Collins (Treat Williams) who ordered her back to Austin. But that didn't work either. It wasn't long, though, until Gracie and Fuller became good friends. And fellow life-savers.

Morally speaking, Miss Congeniality 2 did not contain particularly bold offensive programming. But there was so much of the "lesser" kind that this film fits perfectly the description discussed in the CAP Rule of 100. Meaning, there are so many "lesser" issues of assault on morality and ethics that the moral envelope of the film was equivalent to some of the "lighter" R-rated movies -- just like the first Miss Congeniality. And once again, Harvard University agrees with us.

Among the issues of assault on morality were intimidation by threat of murder, firearm threat to the face, abductions, hostages at gunpoint, beating, attempted murder and physical violence to settle conflict [Prov. 3:31]. A few uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary dotted the script but none of the most foul of the foul words [Col. 3:8] and no uses of God's name in vain with the four letter expletive were noted. There were, however, several uses of His name vain without the four letter expletive. [Deut. 5:11]

While violence/crime dominated the scoring losses, sexual immorality is second in line for scoring loss. Most prominent in the Sexual Immorality investigation area were the plethora of inferences, suggestions and mannerisms stereotypical of the practice of homosexuality, all presented in a positive, humorous and attractive light of course, keeping the truth about the practice of homosexuality from the viewer, showing only the desired surface. Sexually oriented comedy also took its toll on the scoring. [1Cor. 6:9-10, Jude 1:7]

And "Captain Kirk" (William Shatner) is again portrayed as a sniveling coward, willing to sell out in any way to prevent harm to himself. [Rev. 21:8]


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  • Prov. 3:31 Envy thou not the oppressor (the violent one, extortionist, terrorist, bully, etc.), and choose none of his ways.
  • Col. 3:8 But now you must rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.
  • Deut. 5:11 Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain: for the LORD will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain. [Vain is shav' {shawv}: emptiness, nothingness, vanity, such as an expletive. With or without the four letter expletive, the use of God's name in any way other than respect, reverence or thoughtful discussion is in vain. That includes the popular three syllable sentence with His name trailing it AND the misuse of Jesus' name.]
  • 1 Cor. 6:9-10 Know ye not that the [unforgiven] unrighteous [adikos: one who violates or has violated justice] shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived:
  • neither fornicators [pornos: a man who prostitutes his body to another's lust for hire, a male prostitute, a man who indulges in immoral sexual intercourse],
  • nor idolaters [eidololatres: a worshipper of false gods, even mammon (wealth, riches)],
  • nor adulterers,
  • nor effeminate [malakos: he who keeps a boy for homosexual relations; a male who submits his body to unnatural lewdness; a male prostitute],
  • nor abusers of themselves with mankind [arsenokoites: one who lies with a male as with a female, sodomite, homosexual],
  • Nor thieves
  • nor covetous [pleonektes: one eager to have more, esp. what belongs to others],
  • nor drunkards,
  • nor revilers,
  • nor extortioners,
  • shall inherit the kingdom of God.
  • Jude 1:7 Even as Sodom and Gomorrha, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication [sexual immorality such as pre- and extra-marital sex], and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire [if unforgiven]. ["Flesh" is sarx: the sensuous nature of man. "Going after strange flesh" when applied to Sodom and Gomorrha is the practice of (the "going after") homosexuality (of "strange flesh") and other non-heterosexual practices. The bottom line: any sexual contact (including visual), conduct or activity outside a monogamous heterosexual marriage is immoral.]
  • Rev. 21:8 But the [unforgiven] fearful [deilos {di-los'}; timid, cowardly], and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away; to be offended in one, i.e. to see in another what I disapprove of and what hinders me from acknowledging his authority. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous (YEAR) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • firearms for offensive maneuvers
  • attempted bank robbery at gunpoint with gunfire
  • firearm threats of varying severity, including to the face
  • combat training violence
  • extortion
  • beating
  • double kidnapping
  • intimidation by dangling by the ankles over the railing of a bridge
  • abduction
  • abduction replay
  • physical aggression demonstration
  • planning murder
  • threat to kill
  • action violence
  • attempted murder, repeatedly
  • near drowning, multiple
  • physical violence to settle personal conflicts

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • nine uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • punk
  • adult tantrum
  • lie to hide identity
  • other lies

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • admission of immoral sex
  • crotch hit
  • gamming
  • attention to posterior
  • sexual innuendo, repeatedly, such as implying ease of flotation due to anatomy
  • excessive cleavage
  • inappropriate touch
  • suggestions, mannerisms, inferences stereotypical of practicing homosexuality, repeatedly, frequent
  • transvestism, repeatedly, in drag bar
  • sexual humor

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • booze, repeatedly
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking
  • bar, repeatedly

    Offense to God (O)
  • eight uses of God's name in vain but without the four letter expletive
  • cowardice, twice

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • none noted

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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