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2.02

Awesome: 5.26%
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Sucks54.39%

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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
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by EricDSnider

"Legally bland."
3 stars

I am always amazed at how sequels can betray the visions of their predecessors, even when the first films had little vision to begin with. Here is what I said about “Legally Blonde” upon its release in 2001:

“Some movies do what others have done before and are boring. Others, like this one, manage to seem fresh despite their inherent staleness. It’s all in how it’s played, the attitude employed, and the amount of self-awareness involved. I suspect the makers of ‘Legally Blonde’ have no illusions about the cleverness of their work. Silly little comedies need to be done without pretension, and this one couldn't be less pretentious if it tried.”

Now we have “Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde,” which flirts dangerously with pretension by introducing an animal-rights plot AND by referencing the great “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” as it sends its protagonist, California airhead-turned-lawyer Elle Woods (Reese Witherspoon), to D.C. in the hopes of saving her beloved chihuahua’s mother from an animal-testing facility.

Additionally, where the first film made staleness seem fresh, the sequel is stale all over again -- largely because (like 95 percent of all sequels) it is merely a rehash of the first film, only without the benefit of novelty or creativity. It is a copy of a copy.

Elle becomes a congressional aide this time, bringing her perky sorority ways to Capitol Hill, much to the chagrin of her fusty fellow aides. The congresswoman they work for, Victoria Rudd (Sally Field), is an alum of the same dim-bulb sorority as Elle, hence the job and the support of Elle’s proposed animal-rights bill. (”Is bill-writing super-fun or what?!” Elle bubbles to her incredulous co-workers.)

Naturally, there is opposition to the bill, which would make it illegal for cosmetics companies to experiment on animals, but Elle is indefatigable. She wins the support of two key members of congress through her knowledge of dogs and hairstyles, and the doorman at her hotel (Bob Newhart) has additional tips due to his familiarity with the workings of the political machine. Nefarious double-dealing discourages her, but she is buoyed by her friends and fiance (Luke Wilson, in an extremely thankless role).

Kate Kondell’s script is so over-simplified, it actually has a character state the theme outright, addressing Elle: “None of us ever thought one person could make a difference until you came along.” Thanks for the yellow highlighter pen, movie.

He may have a point, though. For as mediocre and bland as the film is, Reese Witherspoon makes it tolerable. When all around her is banality, she is a zesty breath of fresh air, as light and lovable as any actress currently working.

Another amusing presence is Jennifer Coolidge as Elle’s 30-year-old friend Paulette. Coolidge’s delivery of even moderately funny one-liners is giggle-worthy. (”I can hear the ocean!” she declares as she holds a snow globe up to her ear.)

With a few entertaining bits and the unstoppable force of Reese Witherspoon’s charm, the film manages to pass by without causing any pain. But it is a weak comparison to its predecessor, a movie that truly knew how to wring laughs from a beautifully clueless character.

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originally posted: 07/03/03 21:56:57
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User Comments

5/29/17 Louise After 10 minutes or so, I abandoned it. Terrible! 1 stars
10/28/11 the dork knight One-joke movie gets old fast. But hey, it's Reese. 4 stars
3/01/08 Pamela White Reese great role but very bad writers 2 stars
7/01/07 mrsinister Total copy of the last movie. Outrageous. 2 stars
4/08/07 johnnyfog Luke Wilson is cardboard! But hey some parts were funny. Just not most 3 stars
11/02/05 Priscilla Postlethwaite Much better than first, as Elle comes to peace with being a blonde airhead. 4 stars
9/26/05 Daveman A postmodern funfest, so utterly silly and dumb, it's funny and clever all over again. 3 stars
7/20/05 Chris Boring and stupid 1 stars
2/17/05 Janet Crandall not as good as the 1st one 3 stars
8/05/04 ELI Dear God, why the fuck did I watch this movie? 1 stars
5/13/04 Dean Rapp What was the point of the movie? 3 stars
4/02/04 Queen ShitakiMushrooms Shitty, like crap in a used toilet bowl, if i could put 0 stars I would. 1 stars
11/22/03 ross hendrick a complete wasted sequel 1 stars
11/15/03 KR Worst movie since "Scooby Doo." What a piece of sh*t! 1 stars
11/10/03 KING EDWARD I am now convinced that god is either not real, or very cruel. I feel like killing someone. 1 stars
10/30/03 Elvis Aaron Presley Sucked more than the shitty he-man remake where he had a square head 1 stars
10/30/03 Dimitri Aubert I wished it finished 10 minutes after it started! 1 stars
10/24/03 Eddie Fan This movie sucked big time. What a waste of money at the cinema. Can i have a refund please 1 stars
10/21/03 Allison Lafferty Much better'n 1st, as it's content to remain silly, rather'n fuck-up tryin' to be deep! 4 stars
9/24/03 Zaharin Hamid aka The Movie Samseng One of the worst sequels I've seen all year. First one was great! Better cast. 2 stars
9/05/03 Dimitri Aubert A waste of time. 1 stars
8/31/03 Kitty B. not right making the dog gay(no offense) bruce mcgill was the only good character 2 stars
8/27/03 wim no good 1 stars
8/24/03 jenna blue it was the best movie ever 5 stars
8/20/03 sheryl d. into whatever the reviews say, i love it! i adore elle woods! 5 stars
8/12/03 Nancy295 Disappointing sequel to a surprisingly fun flick! 3 stars
8/09/03 Will Green I was disappointed by this unwatchable hollywood crap 1 stars
8/04/03 punjab legally shite! 1 stars
7/29/03 This movie Sucked the Root 1 stars
7/24/03 Janine Lay I thought it was adorable and had some very funny moments where I laughed out loud! 4 stars
7/23/03 nicole the frist movie was better. 3 stars
7/12/03 Rani The worst movie I've ever seen, even worse than Drowing Mona... and that was bad. 1 stars
7/11/03 Reese Witherspoon wouldn't be good even in a porno movie… …but that at least wouldn't be as bad as this shit. 1 stars
7/09/03 Uncle Salty Legally Douchebag 1 stars
7/09/03 Rod Johnston Wow! That Reese Witherspoon is a hottie. she is hot and so is the movie! yeah! 5 stars
7/07/03 Nicole First one was funny.....this one made me want to die! 2 stars
7/07/03 From Justin to Kelly was worse… …but that still doesn't justify this ugly turd. 1 stars
7/06/03 blog blog blog Awful shit. 1 stars
7/06/03 Ball Buster Hmmm..... 1 stars
7/06/03 cinkcool yeah 3 stars
7/05/03 toneely I enjoyed the movie! 4 stars
7/05/03 Reese Witherspoon is Satan Hideous. Unfunny, annoying, reactionary. And what's with the doggy loving shtick? 1 stars
7/04/03 bob mckenzie a naked Reese couldn't have saved this movie 1 stars
7/04/03 Kyle Would rather choke on my own vomit then see again. Fucking horrid movie. 1 stars
7/02/03 rog bad 1 stars
IF YOU'VE SEEN THIS FILM, RATE IT!
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