This week is Thursday Movie Picks - Fake Identity
Miss Congeniality (2000)
When a terrorist threatens to bomb the Miss United States pageant, the FBI rushes to find a female agent to go under cover as a contestant and chooses a female agent who is the exact opposite of the pageant's aspirations.
I saw this when I was 11 years old and was a total tomboy like Gracie. I detested anything and anyone that forced me into a box of being more "girly" and feminine. So, I loved Gracie - who does go through the beautifying regime to pose as Gracie Lou Freebush - but still holds onto her sense of humor, intelligence, and stubbornness. Not a lot of people like this one, but I think it's one of Sandra's best romantic comedies - better than Two Weeks Notice, The Proposal, etc.
Catch Me If You Can (2002)
At the age of 17, Frank Abagnale, Jr. became the most successful bank robber in the history of the U.S. FBI Agent Carl Hanratty (Tom Hanks) makes it his prime mission to capture Frank and bring him to justice, but Frank is always one step ahead of him.
Though Frank still holds onto his original name, he's able to forge his identity through all different types of careers that makes me a little disappointed in my life goals to be honest - a pilot, doctor, lawyer. I'm always surprised that Leonardo DiCaprio (or Tom Hanks) wasn't nominated as this is one of Steven Spielberg's slickest movies that's an exciting cat-and-and-mouse chase.
A Knight's Tale (2001)
With the help of his friends, peasant-born William Thatcher begins a quest to become a knight and a rockstar in the jousting tournament.
It's hard not to fall in love with Heath Ledger as William falls in love with a maiden way out of his league and has to impress her, hide his background to compete, and earn the 'right' to become a knight. A Knight's Tale is one of my all-time favorites - it's an off-beat modern take on the medieval world.