YMMV / Miss Congeniality

  • Ear Worm:
    • She's Beauty and she's Grace/ She's Miss United States...
    • "One in A Million," by Bosson, used during the Statue of Liberty dance number counts as well.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Miss Texas due to being a Southern Belle Lovable Alpha Bitch who gets a lot of good lines.
  • Genius Bonus: The title actually works on two levels: On the one hand, it's an ironic title to grant the harsh-tempered, argumentative tomboy Gracie, as congeniality can mean "Of a pleasant disposition; friendly and sociable." However, if one researches the criteria for the actual Miss Congeniality award, one discovers that Miss Congeniality "should pay more attention to others than to herself," which Gracie does, in the course of protecting the other contestants from the terrorist threat. "Help others avoid disaster." Gracie pulls through again, especially as she develops a protective instinct towards them. "Spend your time during the pageant making friends and getting to know people." Her superiors have her chat up the other contestants to root out any potential suspects among them, and she starts to genuinely make friends among them. The last criterion, "Be a weak contestant," works as well, as Gracie was never intended to win the crown, only to get into the top five.
  • Heartwarming in Hindsight: Miss New York causes a brief uproar by coming out on stage—"I just want to say to all the lesbians out there that if I can make it to the Top Ten, so can you!" Erin O'Flaherty, Miss Missouri 2016, was the first openly gay Miss America contestant in the 2017 pageant.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Miss Texas mentions in a flirty way that she hopes next year's host will be Ricky Martin.
  • Hollywood Homely: Sandra Bullock makes a very unconvincing tomboy, though one could argue that that's the point; Grace is still an attractive woman behind her gruff attitude. It's mostly her unkempt appearance, crass manners, and aggressive demeanor that puts other people off. That said, she is picked because they find she looks attractive in a swimsuit - the Girliness Upgrade is necessary for her to pass for a pageant contestant.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: The scene in which Sam Fuller (as a Recursive Crossdressing Tina Turner impersonator) belts out her performance of Turner's cover of "Proud Mary" is what some (if not most) people remember more than anything from the sequel.
  • Love to Hate: Candace Bergin makes Cathy Morningside such a fantastic Deadpan Snarker that she's hilarious to watch.
    "This is Texas! Everyone has a gun. My florist has a gun."
  • Memetic Mutation: April 25th is known on social media as "Miss Congeniality Day" after Miss Rhode Island's hilarious flub.
  • Sequelitis: The second movie was considered a big step down from the original; this is one of at least two times where Sandra Bullock found herself in a film that contracted this trope, with the other being Speed 2: Cruise Control.
  • Unnecessary Makeover: At least as far as the She Cleans Up Nicely Beautiful All Along angle the film tries to push. Some viewers think Hart looks very beautiful (if unkempt) before the makeover, regardless of what the other characters say. That said, her makeover is justified by the plot since she needs to be top-five potential for the biggest beauty contest in the country, and that requires a lot of polish.