Directed by John Pasquin, starring Sandra Bullock, Regina King, Enrique Murciano Jr, Diedrich Bader, Ernie Hudson, William Shatner, Heather Burns and Treat Williams.

'Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous' catches up with FBI Agent Gracie Hart (Bullock) shortly after she became an became an overnight media sensation having successfully disarmed a threat against the Miss United States Pageant.

With her latest romance having broken up, fashion-challenged Gracie allows her boss to talk her into spending much of her time on the talk show circuit as "the face of the FBI". She is aided in this by over-the-top personal stylist Joel (excellently played by 'The Drew Carey Show's Diedrich Bader).

Gracie is soon called into action when Miss United States Cheryl Frazier and the show's emcee Stan Fields are kidnapped in Las Vegas. Gracie heads for Nevada but, not wanting to risk losing their high-profile mascot, the FBI top brass sidelines her to press
conference duty.

However, when local FBI supervisor Collins (wonderfully portrayed by character actor Williams) appears to be leading the investigation in the wrong direction Gracie, along with Joel, new partner Sam Fuller (King) and junior agent Jeff Foreman (Murciano), springs into action.

What follows is a thrill-a-minute, action-packed adventure with plenty of twists and turns which comes to a dramatic conclusion at the Treasure Island visitor attraction in Las Vegas.

Sandra Bullock puts in a superb, confident and believable performance as Gracie Hart and proves once again that she is one of the top leading ladies in Hollywood at present.

She is supported by a fine ensemble cast, including the wonderful double act of Heather Burns and William Shatner, reprising their roles as Cheryl Frazier and Stan Fields from the original film. Ernie Hudson, still probably best known to Irish audiences for his appearance in the two 'Ghostbusters' films of the 1980s, plays Gracie's boss Agent McDonald while Dolly Parton also pops up along the way.

If you've seen 'Miss Congeniality', you won't want to miss this excellent sequel, and if you haven't seen it, go out and rent it immediately.

Mark O'Neill-Cummins