Legally Blondes

Movie review by
Nancy Davis Kho, Common Sense Media
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Silly and unrealistic, but fun for tweens.
  • PG
  • 2009
  • 86 minutes
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Parents say

age 7+
Based on 6 reviews

Kids say

age 7+
Based on 24 reviews

A lot or a little?

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

Positive Messages

The movie emphasizes that brains are as important as looks and reminds characters (and thus viewers) that it's more important to have true friends than "cool" ones. Private school students on scholarship are treated as second-class citizens by the school's mean kids in an obvious statement about skewed values, but when the villains get their comeuppance, what's their punishment? Enrollment in public school, which is presented as chaotic.

Positive Role Models & Representations

The heroines of the story at first appear to be shallow and consumed with consumerism, but both show real tenacity and grit in solving their problems. To complement their shopaholic sides, they're shown studying hard and being proud of their scholastic records. The movie's main "mean girl" character is much less admirable, but she gets her comeuppance in the end. 

Violence
Sex

Some flirting and crushes among teens.

Language

One "crap" from teenage girls.

Consumerism

Nonstop, as a signifier for the "blonde" mentality of these otherwise very smart girls. Shopping on Rodeo Drive and casual dialogue gives exposure to Dior, BCBG, Jimmy Choo, Versace, and more. Jansport backpacks, however, gets the prize for most obvious placement.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that this direct-to-DVD production is an attempt to skew the Legally Blonde movie's signature of girly smarts to the younger set, and that the girls are lauded not just for beauty but for brains as well. Students on scholarship at a snooty Beverly Hills private school lie to cover up the facts of their economic situations, though only the nice characters are "poor." Conspicuous consumption is stamped into every frame. Students sneak into a teacher's office, and eventually the teacher covers up for them.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent of a 13 year old Written by[email protected] February 16, 2013

Cute.

i thought this was a cute movie mostly for tweens and teens to enjoy.
Parent of a 11 year old Written bymy name August 6, 2009
Teen, 16 years old Written bylmtrav February 10, 2012

Ok..lacks the greatness of the original

This movie is good for what it is, a direct-to-video sequel, and like other sequels, it tries to remake a great movie in a new setting with a new cast only to a... Continue reading
Teen, 16 years old Written byMysterious_ballerina January 29, 2011

TO MUCH PINK!

Ok so this movie was ok I couldn't get through all of it the story line didn't really grab me nor did all the annoying pink.....everything was pink. T... Continue reading

What's the story?

In this straight-to-DVD extension of the Legally Blonde franchise, LEGALLY BLONDES tells the story of the twin British cousins of Elle Woods, who are as gorgeous, fashion-obsessed, and smart as their American cousin. Coming with their widowed professor father to live in Beverly Hills, Annabelle (Camilla Rosso) and Isabelle (Rebecca Rosso) Woods attend posh Pacific Academy on partial scholarship and make an immediate impression with their friendly and confident demeanor. But a jealous classmate finds their combination of beauty and brains unsettling and plots to expose their financial situation and get them expelled.

Is it any good?

The movie is lighthearted fun, but a story that spins on conspicuous consumption is a bit hard to swallow given the economic environment. We're told that Annie and Izzy have academic chops, but their obvious delight at shopping on Rodeo Drive and fluency in all topics fashion makes a bigger impression. The shame and subterfuge associated with attending a posh private school on scholarship are referred to again and again, with public school positioned as the ultimate sentence for poor behavior.

The Rosso twins are incredibly beautiful, but their portrayal of these girls as sisters, daughters, and classmates comes across as stiff and a shade too good to be true. Better in her role is the mean girl Tiffany (Brittany Curran), who rips into her lines with gusto and great comic timing. The courtroom scene at the end of the movie, while wholly implausible, provides some twists and turns that may just make up for the lack of warmth and humor from the original Legally Blondes and keep tween viewers tuned in until the end.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the Woods' family motto, that "sisters are built-in best mates." Do you think that's true, and why?

  • Do you think that a real school would allow students to try something as important as an expulsion case?

  • Are kids at your school so hyperaware about family economic situations? What point is the movie trying to make about consumerism and "flashy" stuff?

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