Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

Movie review by
Nell Minow, Common Sense Media
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde Movie Poster Image
Cute but not as fun as the first; sexual references.
  • PG-13
  • 2003
  • 95 minutes
Popular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 11+
Based on 19 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Positive Messages

No cosmetic is worth using if it was manufactured through the use of animal testing and cruelty. It's possible to be an airhead concerned with the latest handbags and shoes and brilliant at the same time. "Why should someone else do for you what you could do for yourself?" "Never underestimate a girl with a French manicure and a Harvard law degree." Politics is a dirty business. One person can make a difference in the world.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Elle is a self-sufficient, materialistic, overprivileged, loyal, animal-loving kewpie doll of a lawyer with a sunny and kind disposition and a go-getter work ethic. For comic effect, her character has been constructed to miss the most obvious sentiments of those around her, including their response to her odd personality. At the same time, in seeming contradiction, she is also supposedly capable of great strategic thinking, innovation, and eloquence. Her fiancé, Emmett, is supportive and encouraging. Her friends and sorority sisters will drop everything to help her in times of need. A congressional aide sets Elle up for humiliation. Elle rewards someone's selfishness with kindness and makes an ally. A conservative congressman lovingly accepts that his dog is gay. Elle's boss betrays her. 

Violence
Sex

There's innuendo but no sex. Elle dresses in form-fitting outfits and shakes her hips as she toddles in stiletto heels but seems otherwise asexual, even when pecking her fiancé. They kiss after their wedding. Cheerleaders perform tame routines as congressmen ogle them. There's a reference to an orphaned dog "turning tricks on Hollywood Boulevard." One office mate accuses another of getting her way by having her "head in the lap" of someone powerful. Elle cites the "tongue or no tongue" controversy that arose while setting up a kissing booth in high school. References are made to two male dogs having sex. A magazine cover layout shouts, "Cleavage for a cause," but no cleavage is seen.

Language

"Kickass," "ass," "crap," "damn," "hell." Reference made to a dog "turning tricks" on a Hollywood street corner to survive -- paired with the image of a dog standing behind a street corner card game. Oral sex insinuation. A cover of Maxim magazine, covering the lead character's crusade to stop lab testing on dogs, has the headline, "Doing it doggie style." 

Consumerism

Elle is a dedicated consumer of designer clothes, cosmetics, and hair care products. Elle has taught her dog to shop online. She makes constant references to expensive designer fashion products, including Charles Jourdan and Gucci. Elle shows off her expertise on skin care products and hair treatments and coloring. Au Bon Pain coffee is prominently featured in one scene. 

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Wine drinking in a social gathering. Pipe smoking. 

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Legally Blonde 2: Red, White, and Blonde is a 2003 sequel in which a blonde sorority girl who found a way to succeed while attending Harvard Law School now must find a way to make it on Capitol Hill. This movie has some sexual references, including a plot development involving gay dogs. While the movie is a comedy and ostensibly celebrates being true to who you are, there's also an element of both mockery of the "ditzy blonde" stereotype as well as the unnecessary social message, "Attractive and materialistic sorority rich white girls with blonde hair who grew up in Bel Air are people too!" Also, it could be interesting for some families to see how far our society has come in how homosexuality is regarded now compared to 2003, when it was still a punchline to have politicians and the media make a big deal about how two dogs are gay. Furthermore, the issue of animal testing in labs for cosmetics companies could have been addressed with a little more depth without sacrificing the overall comedy feel of the movie. Profanity includes "kickass," "ass," "crap," "damn," and "hell." Reference made to a dog "turning tricks" on a Hollywood street corner to survive -- paired with the image of a dog standing behind a street corner card game. Oral sex insinuation. A cover of Maxim magazine, covering the lead character's crusade to stop lab testing on dogs, has the headline, "Doing it doggie style." 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written bySunnyZim April 13, 2014

Implausible and just downright cringeworthy

I thoroughly enjoyed the first Legally Blonde movie. But they should have stopped there. I couldn't even make it through the whole movie, it was that bad.... Continue reading
Adult Written bycerens February 4, 2018

ok but lacks compared to the first

legally blonde 2 is a decent flick even though it lacks in comparison to the first movie. Most of the cast's acting is underwhelming but Reese Wither spoon... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written byMikaylaaMadisonn August 2, 2009
Love it!
Teen, 13 years old Written bycheerlion1012 April 24, 2011

Perfect for 12 and up

There is a very strong usage of language but not horrid.They messages are that fight for what you believe in, and Elle in this flick is a very good role model b... Continue reading

What's the story?

Elle (Reese Witherspoon) hires a detective to find the biological mother of her dog, Bruiser, so she can invite Bruiser's family to her wedding. She finds out that his mother is in a lab for testing cosmetics on animals. When she urges her law firm to oppose the use of animal-testing in cosmetics (the movie is careful to stay away from the issue of animal testing for medication), she is fired. So, Elle heads to Washington determined to get legislation passed ("Bruiser's Law"), freeing Bruiser's mother and all of the other lab animals.

Is it any good?

Witherspoon is still enchanting, but LEGALLY BLONDE 2 suffers from sequel-itis. That happens when the movie studio wants badly to repeat the success of an original, but the happily-ever-after ending of the first one leaves very little room for further developments, so they just repeat it. In this case, that even means repeating some of the same jokes. In the first movie, sorority president Elle Woods discovered that she had a brain. The fun of the movie for the audience was having our cupcake and respecting her, too, which was possible because we got to enjoy her adorable bubble-headed (but sweet-natured) reaction to very serious Harvard Law School and then see her triumph by being both nicer and smarter than anyone else. That triumph included professional and romantic happy endings. Now what?

Well, this movie starts by taking some of that happiness away from her, which is okay, but it also takes away some of the character development, too, leaving Elle an inconsistent and ultimately uncomfortable combination of silly and smart. It's really more of a series of skits than a story, but as long as you don't care whether it goes anywhere, some of the skits are cute enough, thanks to Witherspoon's precision timing and ravishing smile. The movie makes the most of Witherspoon's talents, but wastes the considerable potential of Sally Field, Bob Newhart, Dana Ivey, and Regina King.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Elle change her mind about her final speech and how a bill becomes a law (the movie has the details right on the hopper and the discharge petition).

  • Why are movie sequels almost always worse than the original movie? Why do movie studios make sequels anyway? 

  • What are the ways in which the movie addresses issues like materialism, animal testing, homosexuality, stereotyping, and the political process? 

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For kids who love comedies

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