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I have seen the first part and it was stupid for me, but there are no words describing how stupid is Legally Blonde 2. The jokes are deproable... you watch it and cannot believe that people have no shame to make something like this. Don't touch this movie even with a stick!
It seemed like such a great deal at the time, all the movies you can
watch for $14.99. I thought I could handle it, I thought a man my age
could be responsible. Then I hit rock bottom: Legally Blonde 2 Oh my
God, I actually think this movie has actually shortened my life, not
just wasted 95 minutes of it, but actually shortened it.
So appallingly bad, it will make you hate dogs, blondes, and democracry.
Gay dogs? Why? Maybe it is Hollywood's sense of irony, Bruiser's, the gay dog son, mother is used as a test animal for cosmetic company.
So insipid and illogical, a 7 year old would be appalled. How does writing and a story line so bad, get the "green light"? Damn you Blockbuster and your $14.99 a month "special"
"Legally Blonde" didn't exactly cry for a sequel but we got one anyways.
The plot is really silly and unrealistic...but if you can get over that you
might enjoy yourself.
Reese Witherspoon is, once again, dynamic as Elle Woods. She's impossible to dislike and plays her character to the hilt...she doesn't make her too dumb, too smart or too sweet...she plays it straight down the middle which works. Also on hand is Luke Wilson (wasted again) as Elle's boyfriend and Elle's two hysterically funny best friends from the first movie. Also it's great to see Bob Newhart and Sally Fields back on screen again (Newhart is great--Fields is so-so).
Unfortunately, the script has severe problems. It has some truly funny lines and clever sequences--the Delta Nus "invasion" of Washington is worth the price of admission--but it also has more than its share of unfunny bits and dead spots--too many of them in fact. So, I seriously can't give it a full recommendation--just a partial one.
Best moments--the aforementioned "invasion" and a Republican senator who's an NRA spokesman admitting his dog is gay--and he loves him for it!
If you don't like offbeat silly films, you probably didn't like Legally
Blonde and you most
likely won't like its sequel. So stay away!
For us that do, it is a hilarious comedy. My favorite one is the tagline on the V.E.R.S.A.C.E. "think tank" (I knew they had one!) website that says: "We test makeup on animals, so you don't have to." Anyone who doesn't laugh at that doesn't have any sense of humor, or any sense at all.
As much as people think this is a silly stupid comedy, it has a lot to say. First off, even though Elle is into fashion, pink, her wedding and the like, she is smart. She discovers what is going on behind her back. She writes a bill while her co-workers are waiting for lawyers to do it. I don't think that most viewers get that Elle is a smart character, not an airheaded one. She is just a free spirit and different.
Which leads me to the next layer. In both films, Elle is the sore thumb. In a world that worships the thin, tan, blonde girls, she gets into situations where her looks don't work for her. She is put down for what she likes and who she is. She has to show people she isn't the stereotype they think her to be. That gives a good message to teenage girls who would watch the film, a much better film night idea than letting them watch Road Trip, American Pie or any other pointless teenage sex comedy, where the girl is just seen as a sex object and not a real character. This films has ideas. Elle uses her abilities, like making friends, to achieve her goals. She never changes who she is deep down for anyone. She is idealistic, not cynical or jaded, she is friendly and very sweet. More people in the world should be like her.
Then there is also the layer of animal rights and fighting for what you believe in, even if that means losing your job. Teen based films barely touch politics, but this one gives a good look inside what goes on...not intensely realistic, but it is a teen movie...one doesn't expect The West Wing here...
Not to say that LB2 doesn't have a lot of silly and even stupid humor...I love Paulette and Elle's little dog...but it also has many quick jokes you might not see if you aren't paying close attention. If you have the DVD, pause on the magazines and read them. They are great! It reminds me of movies like Airplane or Austin Powers, the jokes keep coming at you and you have to listen to the dialog closely to get the wit. It also has some repeating jokes, like the intern room reference to Elle and her friends.
I actually watched it a second time and laughed louder than the first. It is over the top, like a pink sickening sweet cookie with frosting and sprinkles over it...but it works!
As a fan of Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde's predecessor, I
avoided watching this sequel until today, and for good reason it seems.
The rumours (and reviews) are true. This is an awful sequel to what was
an otherwise clever and cute movie that recognised it's flaws but made
light of them. This movie fails to do that, and instead ends up
becoming what the first film tried to avoid: a shallow story following
the unbelievable events of a caricature of a character. People who have
not watched Legally Blonde 1 will not be aware of this contrast and so
might view this movie differently, which seems to explain why the
majority of good reviews here come from these exact same people.
LB2 follows Elle Woods (Reese Withersproon), a Harvard Law graduate who is fired from her position in a prestigious Law Firm for trying to champion animal rights, after discovering that her dog Bruiser's mother is being used as a test subject in a cosmetics company. In order to have her dog's mum attend her wedding to Emmett (Luke Wilson), she heads to Washington D.C and joins the team of Congresswoman Victoria Rudd (Sally Field) to learn the ins and outs of Washington politics and to pass her 'Bruisers Bill' through congress that would see an end to the legal status of animal testing.
This movie just utterly fails to capture the audience's hearts with it's preachy message, lacklustre humour and unrelatable characters who we once used to love. Gone is the Elle Woods who learned to overcome prejudice and grew into a strong-willed, self-assured, smart woman. Instead, Elle is a vapid, loudmouthed airhead who still lets people's impressions of her get her down. I thought that she would be a seasoned pro when it came to this now, but apparently she only learned how to overcome bad remarks within the University framework and nowhere beyond that. The character of Elle is a shadow of her former glory and loses that 'heart' that she had in the first film. Now all she cares about is getting a dog to attend her wedding? And this is important, how? When she first trawls into the investigators office with a proposition to find her, I was honestly left scratching my head wondering, "why?". But no. The whole film centres on her apparently gay dog Bruiser and his mum. While the idea of enrolling at university to reclaim a lost love seems unbelievable in itself, the way they executed her motives in the first film made it seem so. This time round it's just too far. Some characters from the first movie make an appearance; Emmett, who didn't even need to be in this film as he is just useless here, and her beautician friend who took a downgrade from ditsy to nearly mentally defunct for whatever reason. All of them lose their appeal and whatever relatability they had.
I could have suffered through this movie if it even tried to be clever and funny but instead all we get is shallow cheap jokes and dog humour. Oh, and cheer leading in front of congress. I'm serious. I felt insulted by watching this and almost guilty that I was a fan of LB1. Was this really the character I loved and thought was endearing from the first installment? Oh my, what a fool I was. The script is severely lacking in originality and cleverness, the overall message is unnecessarily preachy and vapid, and the characters are lame. A lot of wasted opportunities with a good cast including Sally Fields and Bob Newhart.
I wish I had never watched this sequel because it has now rubbed the shine off the original for me. This is just a sad, sad attempt to milk the cash cow and in doing so the creators of this film have milked everything that made the first film good and turned it sour and unpalatable. I'd give this a zero out of 10 if I could.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
Once you get past the fluff from "Legally Blonde 2," the movie actually
offers some insight into the sausage-making machine that is Washington
As much as the general population would like to believe Elle's statement--"change the fabric"--the legislative process just can't be changed that easily. Buzz words and phrases like "justice, ""speak up," and "do what's right" only mean something in theory. Congressional bills rarely reflect what should be done, are usually not what most would consider fair, and are rarely the result of voters' efforts (this of course excludes things like popular ballots and referendums on a state level). Instead, lobbying, secret deals, and campaign donations often dictate the outcome, all of which are depicted in the film.
Elle, with her naiveté, represents the common belief that someone can accomplish change in Washington with nothing but a naive desire to "do the right thing." She is immediately stifled by a jaded congressional staff who were once like Elle but have since learned that things must be done "the Washington way" before any progress can be made. Once Elle overcomes this obstacle, she is then confronted by a strong lobby against her and heavy purse strings that choke Bruiser's Bill. The resilient Elle somehow beats the odds again, but as if all that weren't enough, she then must face the reality of secret deals and vote-trading, even by the Congress woman who was supposedly on Elle's side. At this point Elle activates a grassroots movement using her sorority's emergency help line, which is reminiscent of Woodstock and the 1960s marches on Washington.
In true Hollywood fashion, Elle wins the day and passes her bill banning cosmetics testing on animals. If the movie had really wanted to impart lessons about how Washington politics actually work, a more fitting title would perhaps have been "Basically Brunette," and the ending would result in the bill's sponsor becoming jaded with the whole process (author's note--not only would this not happen in real life, it has not happened; there are currently little to no meaningful regulations regarding animal testing in cosmetics). However, despite the sparkles, viewers can actually learn something about the ingredients that go into the legislative process; just don't expect the movie's result in real life. The pink-and-scented Hollywood touches do give the sausage-making process "a little something extra" in that they make this blinged-out version of Washington politics at least palatable to look at. Normally, no one wants to see how the sausage is made; but "Legally Blonde 2" makes the legislative process more of a bakery than a sausage factory.
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
In the first movie, a blonde student became a lawyer in two seconds.
Here, the same character is now a lobbyist in Washington.
Elle Woods is in Washington to spruik up some support for animal rights; albeit the shallowest possible depiction of animal rights. She wants animal testing for cosmetics banned.
The first film was generally watch-able, and the Witherspoon character was enough of a novelty to drive the film ... here the same character is just plain irritating and the scenario's just ridiculous.
This is a particularly soulless film, with pointless scenes that just drag on and on. The "gay dog" mini-storyline is just ridiculously lame.
Not sure whether I will sit through the whole thing at this point ... you don't really need a crystal ball to work out what will happen, and there's no incentive to bother with it except for the 'so-bad-its-funny' effect.
1/10 ... utter ****
''Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde'' really disappointed me.
After watching the movie ''Legally Blonde'', I liked it so much that I
immediately saw the sequel: ''Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and
Blonde''. And when the movie started, it felt interesting, but near the
middle of the movie, it felt too boring and completely uninteresting.
The sequel didn't make me laugh. However, I'd like to praise the
performance of ReeseWitherspoon. It's only because of Reese that we
keep watching the movie until it's end. Like other movies, Reese gave
an excellent performance in this movie as well.
However, this movie is not completely ''bad'', but it's not as interesting as the first one. I'd like to give ''Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde'': 7 out of 10.
I had high hopes for this sequel as I found its predecessor
refreshingly funny and almost original in Hollywood's seemingly
never-ending quest for a genuinely funny chick-flick. This time Reese
Wotherspoon's Barbie-Girl Elle Barr (a not so subtle reference to her
trainee solicitor occupation) takes on the machinery of Washington
over, of all things, an animal cruelty bill. Cue dozens of dogs and
their owners descending on the capital to up the cute factor to
super-schmaltz level...far more than the rather thin comedy this time
The film has far less big, laugh-out-loud moments, in fact, I'm struggling hard to think of one, off hand. Also, as a UK citizen, I found the workings of the US congress to be too confusing to follow and held back the story line. I think the movie was crying out for a big Cruella De Ville type baddie for Elle to contend with when all we get is Sally Field as Elle's congresswoman / employer who does the dirty on her through political chicanery only to capitulate before our pink heroine by the end.
Wotherspoon is good to watch as before but brings nothing new to the part either in character development or indeed her wardrobe. Field isn't asked to do much and most of the rest of the cast just get to mug and goof up to the camera, while Bob Newhart, appropriately gets to give us his patented "hangdog" expression in the unlikely part of a well-connected doorman. As usual, the soundtrack offers us snippets of songs for little apparent reason.
The wink Wotherspoon gives to the camera at the end as she passes the White House shows that the producers obviously had their eyes on another sequel, but thankfully this has failed to materialise, thus far, at any rate.
It's not very often that I write reviews on here (even though I love
reading them!) but this one made me think that I have to warn others.
This is one of the worst sequels ever! I'm a big fan of sequels myself.
You can say that I "collect" them. If I watch a movie and it gets a
sequel I GOT to have it. I love being in that first movie's universe.
And I want to know what happens to the characters. Not with this one.
My girlfriend and I were looking forward to a Legally Blonde marathon today. We had both watched number 1 one time each but hadn't seen number 2. Boy, were we disappointed! Not only did they make the main character stupid again for this movie. But it's all about politics! Boring politics. Isn't this supposed to be a FUN comedy? Not a boring movie about laws, bills, hoppers and what have you! I'm gonna say it: we didn't understand half of what was going on. It was too confusing and difficult. So we turned it off halfway through. And with number one being that good?! I even cried a little during that one. And this bull... very bad!
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