After Elle Woods, the eternally perky, fashionably adventurous, famously blonde Harvard Law grad gets fired by her law firm because of her opposition to animal testing, she takes her fight to Washington. Unfortunately, the script has severe problems. It's a damning testimony that 1 the writers of this movie were so desperate for script fodder that they came up with this stunningly lame idea in the first place; 2 that they play it so shamelessly for laughs; and 3 that certain plot twists depend on this fact. This sloppy, lamely plotted, cash-in sequel has none of those things. I watched most of it through my fingers.
So, to sum up - a very bad movie. I actually watched it a second time and laughed louder than the first. There's no real point in enumerating all the faults of this movie. I don't think that most viewers get that Elle is a smart character, not an airheaded one. It wasn't terribly original, but it was well done; by the end, you felt connected with Elle, and delighted in seeing her meet her potential and outgrow her shallowness. Elle uses her abilities, like making friends, to achieve her goals. More specifically, we and Elle discover that Bruiser is wait for it gay.
Someone smart was behind this. Field is more or less wasted. Charles Herman-Wurmfeld replaces Robert Luketic as the director and does a very bad job. Some more tongue-in-cheek legal doings from the charming blonde in pink. Still, Reese Witherspoon has created in 'Elle Woods' a character that is just fun to watch. The character of Elle is a shadow of her former glory and loses that 'heart' that she had in the first film. Oh my, what a fool I was.
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. Luke Wilson's character isn't very interesting and Jennifer Coolidge tries to hard most of the time. She writes a bill while her co-workers are waiting for lawyers to do it. But, there's just one thing stopping Warner Matthew Davis from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. A lot of wasted opportunities with a good cast including Sally Fields and Bob Newhart. So, i was pleased enough to see the sequel. Elle Woods is now a rising young lawyer at a great firm, balancing a demanding a career with preparations for her wedding to the man of her dreams.
Reese Witherspoon, rapidly losing any edginess she used to have, is back as Elle Woods, the pink-loving, fashion conscious lawyer. This is hardly a surprise, yet it is our own unerring tendency to flock, lemming-like, to sequels that insures their continued existence. It is over the top, like a pink sickening sweet cookie with frosting and sprinkles over it. 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. Missing from this sequel is Selma Blair, this doesn't matter though as her character wasn't really needed.
Reese Witherspoon returns and she does a good job but she's working with a weak script. I was actually embarrassed to be North American. But, there';s just one thing stopping Warner from popping the question: Elle is too blonde. No, not her dog's wedding. For reasons that are continually validated, I tend to hate cutesy cinematic animal sidekicks, and Bruiser was emphatically no exception. There were a few funny moments though most of the jokes this film delivered were, at best, small chuckles.
This is one of two movies I saw this week that exploits post 9-11 American notions of self. All the good things from the first one are forgotten. Hausers change in her mind set is also very sudden and not credible at all. It's stupid, ugly, dumb and completely useless. And this is important, how? The acting is horrendous, The jokes pathetic, and Reese Witherspoon's character is even more pathetic if possible.
The movie itself is dumb but honest and it is about a character that is dumb but honest and well-meaning. Legally Blonde 2: Red, White and Blonde is a very disappointing sequel as it fails to deliver the laughs. Viewers of the first film will no doubt remember Elle's Chihuahua, Bruiser. In order to have her dog's mum attend her wedding to Emmett Luke Wilson , she heads to Washington D. Do a few funny moments redeem this film? It's a stupid, stupid idea in a stupid, stupid movie. It also has some repeating jokes, like the intern room reference to Elle and her friends. She is idealistic, not cynical or jaded, she is friendly and very sweet.