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10 reasons why Miss Congeniality is an *extremely* important film

She’s beauty and she’s grace, she’s Miss United States.

SANDRA BULLOCK IS second only to Julia Roberts as the queen of the rom-com, and it’s been way too long since she’s given us one. But we’ll always have Miss Congeniality.

1. Sandra Bullock is romantic comedy royalty for a reason

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She’s just so goddamn charming in this!

2. It features Michael Caine in a never-before-seen role

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We don’t know who convinced two-time Oscar winner Michael Caine to accept the role of a hard-nosed pageant coach, but we’re so glad they did.

Please watch the scene in which he teaches Gracie to ‘glide’ and tell us he isn’t having the time of his life:

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3. And one of the best makeover montages of all time

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Sure, we all have to pretend that beautiful Sandra wasn’t under there all that time and would definitely not require an aircraft hangar’s worth of people to make her so, but it’s still a bit of a triumph when she marches out in her tiny blue slip and says:

I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved AND I’m armed so don’t mess with me.

Then promptly falls over.

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4. Candice Bergen is such a good villain

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It is impossible not to cheer at the “Yeah yeah.” “YES.” bit. Candice Bergen for all ‘icy matriarch’ roles, please.

5. The music, though it plays a small role, is kind of unforgettable

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“She’s beauty and she’s grace, she’s Miss United States!” has been rattling around in the back of our heads for most of our lives. (Yep, that’s William Shatner doing a dance remix of it for the soundtrack.)

And yes, we’re counting Gracie’s “You think I’m gooooorgeous, you want to kiiiiiiss me” song.

6. It finally settled the argument on what constitutes a perfect date

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Like, she’s not wrong.

7. And we even got an essential self-defence lesson thrown in

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Thanks to Gracie Lou Freebush, we all know how to SING: Solar plexus, instep, nose, groin!

8. So even though some of the jokes are way outdated

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Some of the quips about gender roles and eating disorders are a bit eyeroll-worthy by today’s standards.

9. The message is still on point

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People contain multitudes, and you shouldn’t judge anyone before you get to know them. Oh, and of course, world peace.

10. Though harsher punishment for parole violators would be great too

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You know what they say: You can take the gal out of the FBI…

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