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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde

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Not as good as the first, but still enjoyable.
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  • Review Date: November 6, 2003
  • Rated: PG-13
  • Genre: Comedy
  • Release Year: 2003
  • Running Time: 95 minutes

What parents need to know

Positive messages

No cosmetic is worth using if it was manufactured through the use of animal testing and cruelty. It is possible to be an airhead concerned with the latest handbags and shoes and also brilliant at the same time. "Why should someone else do for you what you could do for yourself?" It's okay for your dog to be gay. "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

Elle is a self-sufficient, materialistic, over-privileged, 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. A cross-dressing male is seen answering phones. Elle's personal assistant seems to be gay.

Violence
Not applicable
Sex

There is 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 is 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

"Kicka--," "a--," "crap," "hell."

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Social drinking.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this movie has some sexual references, including a gay character and a plot development involving gay dogs. There is some strong language.

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?

QUALITY

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 (Reese Witherspoon) 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.

Families can talk about...

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

Movie details

Theatrical release date:July 2, 2003
DVD release date:November 4, 2003
Cast:Bob Newhart, Reese Witherspoon, Sally Field
Director:Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Studio:MGM/UA
Genre:Comedy
Run time:95 minutes
MPAA rating:PG-13
MPAA explanation:some sex-related humor

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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 because she took extra mile.There is some sexual referances like "gay" and that's it
What other families should know
Too much sex
Too much swearing
Great messages
Great role models
Teen, 14 years old Written byMikaylaaMadisonn August 2, 2009
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. I mean, gay dogs?? And serious lawmen and women getting all mushy and caving over a completely empty, emotive argument that had no basis in actual law? No. Just no. I could see why Elle one her case in the first movie, but in this one it was so utterly implausible and ridiculous it made me cringe. It came off as a really bad parody more than anything. Seriously, don't waste your time.

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