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Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde
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Oct 6, 2004 By: The Shootin Surgeon
Legally Blonde 2: Red, White & Blonde order
Director:
Charles Herman-Wurmfield

Actors:
Reese Witherspoon
Sally Field
Regina King

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Elle Woods (Witherspoon), everyones favorite young, ditzy lawyer heads for Washington in order to pass a bill banning animal testing in the cosmetics industry thereby saving her dogs mother. In the process, she goes through the exact same things that she went through in the previous (and much funnier) installment of this now disgraced franchise.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
Sequels have a reputation for being lousy and repetitive but they usually at least attempt to give the impression of trying to do something fresh with their characters. LEGALLY BLONDE 2 doesnt even bother with that and in a blatant show of disrespect for the fans who enjoyed LEGALLY BLONDE, the makers of this film merely chew the latter up, vomit it onto big screens everywhere and charge them eight bucks to see it. Forget about giving Elle a bit more depth... Forget about having her undertake new challenges... Forget about adding a fun character, about removing a lousy one or about tweaking the ones that needed it. Forget about all that. Take the screenplay, change a couple of names and locations, yell Action! and youve got yourself a film. And people say making a movie is hard work... Poor fools...

The only pity granted by this turd is the short run time which makes for a quick and merciful end to the torture, the peak of which is reached during an exceptionally miserable song and dance scene that will make your eyes water, your ears ache and your nose turn at the stench that will emanate from your DVD player (oh yeah, make sure you have your DVD player cleaning kit on standby to flush out any remains later on). As the films executive producer, the normally pleasant Witherspoon bears the brunt of the responsibility for taking advantage of her fans. The feeling you get from her is the same as when your hot date takes a dump and forgets to flush. While you still find her hot, you cant ever look at her the same way and in the back of your mind, even though you may one day overcome the feeling of disgust, that floater will always be there.

As far as the cast goes, Sally Field joins it as the character played by Victor Garber in the first film, Regina King joins it as the character played by Selma Blair, Dana Ivey joins it as the character previously played by Holland Taylor and the Capitol joins it as Harvard in the first film and none of the above does anything to differentiate themselves. Its so repetitive it just gets boring. Theres really nothing good to say about this film so save yourself the disappointment and just watch LEGALLY BLONDE again. Its the same...only good.
THE EXTRAS
The first rule of making a good Commentary Track is to feature relevant people. This being said, the track on this DVD features third-rate bench-warmers Jennifer Coolidge, Jessica Cauffiel and Alanna Ubach. Yeah, they're cute and funny at times but frankly...I can get that somewhere else.

Next up is "Blonde Ambition" (20 mins.), a "making-of" featurette. Now as far as ambition goes, the makers of this featurette didn't have enough to go further than the standard studio fluff where various people involved in the creation of this monstrosity of a film pat themselves on the back and discuss the great lengths they went to do "do something different while preserving a character everyone loves" Please! An attempt at credibility is made by going into a very brief explanation of some of the technical sides, such as green screens...green screens!!?! Ohmygod!! What a novel idea!!!

A set of seven Deleted Scenes and a Gag Reel are also included in this package. The deleted scenes are pretty much in line with the film: fluffy and irrelevant while the gag reel is the usual assemblage of flubbed lines and broken scenes. There's actually one hilarious one in which we see a studio exec pronounce the words "Yeah... sounds like a good idea, let's do it". There's also a little Game in which you answer some questions about the movie to see if you can become a member of Elle's Delta Nu sorority. I swear I didn't make it through the first question.

The rest of the stuff consists of the Theatrical Trailer, a Photo Gallery and a Music Video by LeAnn Rimes for a song entitled "We Can".
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
Straight up: this is a waste of time. The film is boring and repetitive. The plot and screenplay are annoying and you've seen these same characters before. The DVD package doesn't really have anything to make it stand out so that can't sell it. I suggest you forget this film was ever made. Don't rent it, don't buy it, don't think about it.
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