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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde (2003)

  Directed by: Charles Herman-Wurmfeld
Starring: Jennifer Coolidge, Sally Field, Reese Witherspoon
Links: Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde on the IMDb, Official site, Buy on Video, Buy on DVD, Buy the Soundtrack
Genre: Comedy

This movie gets: 5.00 (1 rating) Ranking: not yet ranked (awaiting 2 ratings)

"Sequel, not equal." - a review by mino

Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde is a movie that should be made compulsory viewing in all film courses. Every young auteur should be sat down in front of this movie and made to watch it, to absorb the many and varied lessons it has to impart.

In particular, RW&B could teach budding filmmakers one valuable lesson: make shitty sequels, and people will hate you.

Legally Blonde (2001) was a camp, fun movie which, while never likely to be on any ‘Top 100 Movies’ lists (unless it's a ‘Top 100 Reese Witherspoon Movies’, in which case it might squeak in), was at least proof that if it's done even remotely well, a mass-market comedy can be entertaining without actually being totally insulting to the viewers' intelligence.

RW&B, however, is proof that if it's done badly, a sequel can make Reese Witherspoon look really, really, bad.

It's not that this sequel is particularly god-awful — there are certainly plenty of worse comedies out there, don't worry about that — but just that it's so disappointing in comparison to its very enjoyable predecessor.

All the elements of the previous movie are here — the blonde jokes, obviously, and the story of triumph against the odds — but the biggest problem is that rather than taking all the good bits, and making a new movie around them, they've taken the very worst bits of the first film and thrashed them to within an inch of their comedic lives.

Incidental characters, who added a bit of flavour to the first movie (most noticably Jennifer Coolidge's Paulette) are made into major characters, and frankly they're just not well-written enough to sustain that position. Witherspoon's vacuous lawyer Elle is no longer pleasantly dippy, but rather just plain annoying. Most importantly, the funny bits have been largely replaced by unfunny bits, which is frankly something of a handicap in a comedy.

The plot (Elle tries to get animal cosmetics testing banned) is kind of vaguely interesting, but let's face it, it's not Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939). The fact is, it's a comedy and it ain't funny.

mino gives this movie 5 out of 10.
Review created on Tue 21 Oct 2003

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