Miss Congeniality

April 25, 2017: The Perfect Date

Stan Fields: “Miss Rhode Island, please describe your idea of a perfect date.”

Cheryl ‘Rhode Island’: “That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket.”

2000 miss congeniality 1If you’ve never seen the movie Miss Congeniality, I encourage you to request it from your local library, rent it on Netflix or your preferred movie provider. I have always found the movie to be funny, poignant and effectively showcase the human spirit. The casting was superb with Candice Bergen who tries to hold on to her glory days as a former beauty queen turned pageant director; William Shatner is priceless as Stan Fields, the smarmy host of the show; Heather Burns as the naïve Miss Rhode Island; and, of course, Sandra Bullock, as Gracie Hart, FBI agent turned pageant contestant to get to the bottom of an evil plot to take down the fictional Miss United State’s pageant.

There are so, so many memorable lines from the movie. The one above is excellent but I think my favorite is this clip:

And, of course, the clip for the April 25th quote:

What I most like about the movie is watching Gracie’s transformation as a character. While the movie pokes some gentle fun at the beauty pageant industry what shines through, ultimately, is Gracie learning to respect and like these people – so different from herself – which, I believe, is the foundation of all good relationships.

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