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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
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
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.
Sex, Romance & Nudity
Some flirting and crushes among teens.
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One "crap" from teenage girls.
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Products & Purchases
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.
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. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
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.
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