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(2005), PG-13 [R-13*]
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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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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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)
Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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