Miss Congeniality 2
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Dangerous
Film released by Warner Bros. (and subsidiaries) (2005)

William Shatner: "She's too young to die.. and I'm not as old as I look!"

No score CD available, although a "soundtrack" CD with songs from the film was released by Warner Sunset Records

Music clip, 0'46" (732Kb at 128kbps)


With a movie whose music credits swipe from a variety of film and pop classic sources as well as boasting two ("additional") composer credits, one might expect a joyous romp of a comedy with nods and winks towards various styles. What have, however, is a film which lies flat on the highway, the victim first of a brutal stabbing in the back by a jokeless script, a vicious kicking from lifeless direction, and finally allows itself to be repeatedly hammered as a road kill victim of temp track driving. A score with no coherence, used in a film which simply fails make it into a virtue. For what it is worth, Chris Beck's contribution (a week's worth, summing up to about 10 cues) is funky when it gets going, but is for the most part limited to scene changes, an art which fortunately noone entrusted to a temp track (rather like using a truck to collect the paper from the corner shop - cheaper and quicker on foot, and there's no problem with parking).

Webmaster's additional: Composer's memories

Chris Beck admits his role was limited to filling in gaps in a short space of time. He remembers having scored the first 5-6 minutes of the film, some bad guy/redneck underscore, and the underwater rescue finale (NB. obviously not the pirate ship background music, which is Powell/Gregson-Williams's strangely fitting Chicken Run music), plus perhaps some "utltra-simple pad-type cues that just kinda sit there". [Source: e-mail]

Film music credits

**End credits**
Additional music by Christophe Beck
Music editors: Rocky Ziegler, John Finklea
Assistant music supervisor: Season Kent
Additional music by Randy Eidelman
Music score recorded and mixed by Elton Ahi
Orchestrations by Ralph Ferraro and Stuart Balcomb
Score consultant: Julian Bratolyubov
Scoring crew: Greg Dennen, Ryan Robinson, Peter Germansen, Rich Wheeler, Matt McLeod, Jamie Olvera, Masaki Saito, Jill Tengan
{Yellow text refers to pre-existing film music]
"Proud Mary"
Written by John Fogerty
Performed by Ike and Tina Turner
Courtesy of Capitol Records
**** "You were jealous" and "Jules' confession" from My Best Friend's Wedding
Written by James Newton Howard
Courtesy of Tristar Pictures, Inc.
"I'll take you there"
Written by Alvertis Isbell
Performed by The Staple Singers
Courtesy of Stax Records
**** "George's speech" and "Emeergency" from Two Weeks' Notice
Written by John Powell
"She's a bad mama jama"
Written by Leon Haywood
Performed by Carl Carlton
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
**** "One kiss" from Pay It Forward
Written by Thomas Newman
"Miss United States"
Written by Marc Lawrence and Clyde Lawrence
"Highway junkie"
Written by Chris Knight, Sam Tate and Annie Tate
Performed by The Yayhoos
Courtesy of Rounder Records

"Pirate's hunt song"
Written and performed by Richard Ziegler
**** "Computer search" and "Stakeout" from Miss Congeniality
Written by Ed Shearmur
Written by Alecia B. Moore and Tim Armstrong
Performed by Pink
Courtesy of LaFace Records and Zomba Label Group
"Out of control"
Written and performed by Dave Alvin
Courtesy of Yep Roc Records
**** "Excerpts from Chicken Run score
Written by John Powell and Harry Gregson-Williams
Courtesy of Dreamworks Animation L.L.C.
"Wikked lil' grrrls"
Written by Esthero Malik Worthy and Graph Nobel
Performed by Esthero
Courtesy of Reprise Records
"Ooh Las Vegas"
Written by Gram Parsons and Rick Grech
Performed by The Street Corner Healers
Courtesy of Spirit Music Group, Inc.
**** "Yearbook montage" and "What is gossip" from Gossip
Written by Graeme Revell
"Duelin' banjos"
Written by Arthur Smith
**** "Blindfold game", Nelson talks about dad" and "Sister on phone" from Sweet November
Written by Christopher Young
**** "Who's the thief" from What's The Worst That Could Happen?
Written by Tyler Bates
Courtesy of MGM Music Inc.
"You're having my baby"
Written and performed by Paul Anka
Courtesy of Capitol Records
**** "Wwkd" from Ready To Rumble
Written by George S. Clinton
**** "Rita" from I Am Sam
Written by John Powell
Courtesy of New Line Productions, Inc.
Written by Ralph Middlebrooks, et al
Performed by Ohio Players
Courtesy of The Island Def Jam Music Group
"New attitude"
Written by Jon Gilutin, et al
Performed by Patti KaBelle
Courtesy of Geffen Records
Written by Fred Ebb and John Kander
Performed by Liza Minelli (live)
Courtesy of A&M Records
"Black Betty"
Written by Huddie Ledbetter
Performed by Spiderbait
Courtesy of Universal Music Australia PTY Ltd.
"Don't leave me this way"
Written by Kenneth Gamble et al
Performed by Thelma Houston
Courtesy of Motown Records
"I'm a bomb"
Written by Natasha Bedingfield, et al
Performed by Natasha Bedingfield
Courtesy of Epic Records / Song BMG (UK) Ltd.